A couple weeks before the election, I penned a column complaining that the press’s — and the respective presidential campaigns’ — obsessive devotion to their plans was silly. There’s no way Obama will stick to his plan, if elected (ditto McCain) I wrote. And, it seems I was right. Obama certainly doesn’t sound like he’s sticking to the plan he proposed for the last year, and that’s a good thing too. Indeed, he’s done about as good as any of his critics could have hoped during the staffing phase of the transition. Even Eric Holder — as problematic as he is — is better than some of the alternatives. Anyway, I just think it’s an important point to make after elections because we seem to make the same mistake every four years: as a nation we measure the worth of a president by his plans and then we salute his “pragmatism” for abandoning his plans once he’s elected.
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