As Byron York noted the other day, the stakes in the “Russia” controversy and the mid-term elections now are whether or not Trump gets impeached. Every point the Democrats score against Trump in the scandal is another step toward impeachment. Every Democratic gain in the mid-terms — if Ossoff wins the Georgia special, if the generic ballot swings more heavily their way — is another step toward impeachment. The White House needs to realize the gravity of the situation, which would mainly involve bringing the president himself under control, which obviously appears to be completely impossible. Trump’s boast that he would be willing to contradict Comey under oath is one thing if it’s just blustery PR; if he’s serious, it’s incredibly reckless, since any even remotely contestable claim he made under oath would be more fodder for impeachment. This isn’t like playing cat-and-mouse with tabloid reporters in New York City. Maybe Democrats don’t take the House or even if they do, they pull up short. They talked about impeaching George W. Bush, too. But the level of their loathing for Trump is off the charts, like nothing we’ve seen since Nixon. The White House had best take them, and this threat, very seriously.
American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — in the federal government, it’s the lawyers’ lawyer. To get down to brass tacks: May the president of the United ... Read More
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More