My (not very risky) prediction on The McLaughlin Group this weekend was that if Republican angst continued, the knives would come out for Stuart Stevens. Well, they are out. Politico has a story tonight that will be much discussed about Romney campaign infighting. Three quick points: One, even people who like Stevens and wish him well say that he simply has too many jobs within the Romney campaign. Two, I’ve always thought if anyone but the top strategist had been responsible for sending Clint Eastwood out without having any idea what he would say, and for letting him run long and step all over Romney on the most important night of the convention, that person would have been canned. (This is outside the question of whether the Eastwood routine “worked.” I think it probably did; it just didn’t help Romney.) Three, inside-campaign dynamics are always fascinating, but as the story itself notes, this ultimately comes down to the kind of campaign Romney wants to run. If he wants to get more substantive and, say, commit to a Middle East speech, he can do it tomorrow (and he should).
Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender whose office is representing Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., puts it bluntly: This kid exhibited every single known red flag, from killing animals to having a cache of weapons to disruptive behavior to saying he wanted to be ... Read More
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