Geoffrey Norman

Geoffrey Norman is a long-time contributor to The American Spectator. His novel Inch by Inch can be found on Amazon.

Lost Weekend for the NFL

 

Hard to imagine anyone feeling sorry for the National Football League. The money, the TV ratings, the magnificently gaudy stadiums… professional football seems inevitable and unstoppable. But … Those TV ratings were down for the first week’s package of games and network executives inevitably blamed… the weather. Specifically, the hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida. […]

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Fourth and Long for the NFL

 

Television ratings declined, last season, for the National Football League’s games. This came as a shock to the Lords of the NFL. Ratings are not supposed to decline. The NFL’s ratings never decline. This is a law of nature. The popularity of football is always on the increase even as its presence spreads, with games […]

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The Great Dossier Debate

 

Who knows if it is fake or not. And eventually that question will mutate into “who cares?” In some ways, it already has. As Jack Shafer wrote at Politico, the day after Buzzfeed published the “secret” dossier: And even if the dossier turns out to be pure bunk, there is a good bit of karma […]

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First Tweeter: Keeping It Brief

 

Vice President (but not for much longer) Joe Biden recently advised President-Elect (likewise) Donald Trump to “grow up.” Call it “constructive criticism.” The suggestion came in response to something that Trump had tweeted. As everyone knows, our next President is fond of Twitter. Far too fond, some critics say arguing that he does too much […]

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Can’t Say I Wasn’t Warned

 

Well. Well, well, well. Wlady warned me that I might be premature in my assumption that Hillary Clinton would be marching on Washington at the head of an army of policy wonks. He was right, typically, and I was wrong. Among the lessons of this election …  pay attention when your assumptions are challenged by people smarter […]

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What Do the Wonks Want?

 

In a recent column with the title, “The Banality of Change,” David Brooks makes the argument for Hillary Clinton as the candidate who can get things done without a lot of what kids call “the drama.” She is seasoned and, thus, adroit in the political arts. And … Deft politicians are not always lovely, as […]

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Queen of Disdain

 

Hillary Clinton has a way of dissing not just her political opponents but their supporters as well. She seems to take it their opposition personally; to dismiss the notion of good faith opposition as a fiction. Talking recently to some supporters about the young people who had backed Bernie Sanders, her opponent in presidential primaries, […]

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Trump’s Taxes: Who to Blame

 

We are all supposed to be shocked, shocked that Donald Trump may have paid no taxes for several years.  Not shocked, mind you, because he did something illegal.  Nobody, so far, is suggesting that.  So it follows that we are supposed to be shocked and outraged because Trump did not pay taxes that he did […]

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A Rising Star Goes Cold 

 

Her name might well have been “Rising Star,” since it seemed every news story about Kathleen Kane used that modifier. She was the first woman elected as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General and she had ambitions. Governor, maybe. Or Senator. Who knew? But she was undeniably a “rising star.” Everyone said so. Today, Ms. Rising Star is […]

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Meanwhile, Back in Washington…

 

This is the season of the grand political promise. Vote for me — or my candidate — and life will continue to be good and, in fact, get better. Or, on the other hand, life will be good, again, if you vote them out and me, in. Pie in the sky. Milk and honey. Free […]

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