by | Oct 21, 2019

Trump will win reelection in 2020 for three reasons: First, the voters are always reluctant to replace a president in a time of peace and prosperity, regardless of his perceived flaws. Second, a transparently partisan impeachment vote in the House…

by | Oct 18, 2019

For a sense of how divorced the Democrats are from mainstream America, the collapse of Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign is instructive. Gabbard is a liberal who supports banning so-called assault weapons, raising the minimum wage to $15, free college tuition,…

by | Oct 18, 2019

Trump critics increasingly compare him to Andrew Johnson, who, in 1868, was the first president to face impeachment. Like Trump, Johnson was easily provoked into unruly speech and considered morally inferior by his opponents, who regarded themselves to be sincere…

by | Oct 13, 2019

Washington It started out predictably last month with a Washington Post story about a whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump’s remarks during a phone conversation. The conversation included a “promise” made to an unknown foreign leader. The…

by | Oct 12, 2019

The fictional setting for National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) is mythical Faber College, in 1962. A largely traditional small college set in suburbia, near a small town, staid Faber is turned upside down by the raucous, party-crazy students at Delta…

by | Oct 10, 2019

Well. This is certainly getting interesting. This week, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York headlined this of the whistleblower: Whistleblower had ‘professional’ tie to 2020 Democratic candidate. York reported as follows, bold print for emphasis supplied: Under questioning from Republicans during…

by | Oct 10, 2019

The term “constitutional crisis” has been tossed around so often since President Trump took office that it now has little meaning in our public discourse. But regardless of what we call the current impasse between the executive branch and the…

by | Oct 8, 2019

Two years after the Civil War ended in 1865, a Republican Congress gained a veto-proof majority in both chambers. They almost immediately began trimming the powers of the executive and judicial branches. First, they replaced President Andrew Johnson’s Reconstruction plan…

by | Oct 6, 2019

I see the Donald took off on the neo-puritan Mitt Romney for criticizing the Ukraine phone call. Mitt called the call “brazen.” Showing his ignorance of history, he also called it “unprecedented.” Anyone who believes American presidents have never sought…

by | Oct 6, 2019

Washington There is a price to pay when a U.S. president communicates mostly through tweets, off-the-cuff responses to shouted questions, and the rare press conference given in concert with a foreign leader. And that price is decreased credibility. It’s odd…

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