Unless he was going to confess and throw himself on the mercy of the court (and it’s kind of late for that), Trump had no alternative but deny, deny, deny. Of course, the denials are a little tinny given that he was caught on tape boasting that he does this sort of thing as a general matter. It’s a little like his political giving — he has said that as a general matter he donates to politicians to curry favor and buy them off, then he has to turn around and deny buying anyone off in particular. All that said, he could do a much better job bulldozing through this — polls show a lot of people don’t care, even if they don’t believe his denials — if he weren’t completely obsessed with it and determined to insult his accusers. Trump entered the general election campaign with massive baggage, and the imperative should have been not to add another ounce to it. Even after his horrible post-convention period, if he had just stopped giving the Democrats new material, he’d be in a much better position right now. But even at this late juncture, he can’t and won’t stop giving them more material.
Vox may still be keeping up its risible just-the-facts posturing, but it is tendentious to the point of dishonesty: “Colorado baker who refused to serve gay couple now wants to refuse to serve transgender person,” it says. That is not true, of course. (But everybody knows that.) Phillips serves ... Read More
The ability of businesses to grow rapidly is a one of the most defining and precious features of the American economy. Amazon went from a fledgling online bookstore to an “everything store” and the second-largest employer in the United States in just two decades. Uber emerged from nowhere less than ten years ... Read More
Eric Sevareid (1912–1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist about the day after tomorrow. Regarding America's economy, prudent people should reverse that. This Wednesday, according to the Financial Times' Robin Wigglesworth and Nicole Bullock, "the U.S. stock ... Read More
The thing to bear in mind is that the president of the United States does not “attempt” to fire anyone in the executive branch. The chief executive either fires an inferior executive official or he does not. “Attempt” does not enter into it. Yet “attempt” is the foundation on which the New York ... Read More
One of the really interesting features of Donald Trump is that, though he is extremely rich, he does not really come across that way. Despite the fact that he has never been one to hide his wealth — he lived a massive, opulent penthouse high atop Fifth Avenue — many average Americans identify with ... Read More
I do not share my friend David French’s theoretical constitutional concerns about the president’s revocation of security clearances -- at least when it comes to former government officials who become media commentators and have no demonstrable need for a security clearance. Like David and many other ... Read More