The president of the United States has been in a low-level public pissing match with his chief of staff, Marine general John F. Kelly. That’s an unusual situation, inasmuch as presidents historically have won these things by default, though …
It’s Worse Than a Crime . . .
I agree with most commentators that Michael Wolff’s sensational mythologies in Fire and Fury will be largely forgotten within three weeks — with one caveat (see below).
Wolff confirmed what most already knew about the Left’s abandonment of …
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It would take …
Michael Wolff’s Revelations and How Conservatives Should Approach Trump
Whether or not you believe every detail of Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury — it seems unlikely that Donald Trump would have no idea who John Boehner is, for example, considering that he has tweeted about the former …
Most new administrations do not really completely overturn their predecessors’ policies to enact often-promised ideologically driven change.
The 18-year span of Harry Truman to Dwight Eisenhower to John F. Kennedy was mostly a continuum from center-left to center-right, back to …
A Man on a Mission: Why EPA Boss Scott Pruitt Terrifies the Left
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main#…#
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
— John Donne
The pathological …
A Whole Year of Draining the Swamp
Editor’s note: This piece is adapted from one published by Arc Digital.
Every presidential election has its memorable slogans. The 2016 election had three: “I’m With Her,” “Make America Great Again,” and “Drain the Swamp.” (Mercifully, the Hillary campaign spared …
Why Is Trump Renominating Chai Feldblum to the EEOC?
President Trump has announced that he is renominating liberal activist Chai Feldblum to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “Why in the world is he doing that?” asks Powerline, and that’s a very good question (my only quibble with …
Has Trump Really Isolated the U.S.?
In the days since President Donald Trump made his historic announcement about Jerusalem, the foreign-policy establishment has fumed about his decision. But even though all the predictions from the so-called “wise men,” as well as the “adults” in the administration, …
Pyongyang and Seoul Meet: You Can Take Off Your Helmet, for Now
Last year was rife with speculation that Donald Trump would go to war with North Korea to prevent the regime from completing its ICBM program. The danger of military hostilities rose precipitously as Pyongyang drew near to its goal of …
Ritual Denunciations Are Non-American
I’ve made it pretty clear where I come down on Steve Bannon and his contributions to American politics. But I have to agree with Sonny Bunch about the unseemliness of these ritual denunciations.
As much as I hate Bannon—…
More on the Inexplicable Chai Feldblum Renomination
I posted last month here an item asking, “Why Is Trump Renominating Chai Feldblum to the EEOC?” There’s no good answer, and this week Powerline notes that she has removed the standard-issue portraits of President Trump and Vice President Pence …
Fire and Fury Is Much Ado about Nothing New
There are plenty of shocking bombshells in Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, but is there anything actually new?
I haven’t read it yet, but I have been following the crowd-sourced effort …
2017 Was Trump’s Year of Winning Dangerously
For President Donald J. Trump, 2017 concludes unlike the way it commenced.
His commanding inaugural address soon became swamped by an enervating debate over the size of the crowd that had witnessed it. That national screaming match foreshadowed other huge distractions, …
The Cronies Vote Down Scott Garett’s Ex-Im Bank Appointment
The Senate Banking Committee rejected President Trump’s nominee to head the Export-Import Bank, former representative Scott Garrett. Among the votes against were two Republican senators (Rounds and Scott), who supported those who believe that it is the role of …
Give Trump Credit Where It’s Due
Republicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense opposition and always been abandoned. A provision for drilling in ANWR is included in the …
The Trump Administration Bans ‘Diversity’
The Washington Post reported in a couple of stories over the weekend that the Trump administration has directed some Department of Health and Human Services components to stop using certain words in the budget process, including “diversity.” It’s not known …
The Double Standard for Trump Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders
The vicious and vile personal attacks leveled against White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders by reporters, columnists, and celebrities are unlike anything a presidential press secretary in recent memory has had to endure. They make the mockery of Sean …
It’s a wonder that President Donald Trump devotes so much time to discrediting the press, when the press does so much to discredit itself.
The media’s errors over the past week haven’t been marginal or coincidental, but …