Just catching up from the holidays and following up on Ramesh’s post on criticisms of his piece. I really don’t get how Trump critics think it is scoring a point against Trump to say that any Republican would have done the same things Trump has in the first year. If you are an orthodox conservative, this should be something to be celebrated and redound to Trump’s credit. If you are a populist supporter of Trump’s, you have more cause to be disappointed, especially given how Trump — besides the foolish pull-out from TPP — hasn’t yet done anything substantial to follow up on his campaign rhetoric on trade. (That will likely change in the year ahead.) For my part, Trump’s record so far is more orthodox than I expected, and I think it’s not something to be churlish about, but to gladly acknowledge and praise.
Attention, journalists of America: Time is running out! You have under three weeks left to publish your last batch of over-the-top pre-election puff pieces on Texas Democrat/cross-country liberal sensation/wing-and-a-prayer Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke! It is here that we must face the difficult truth: ... Read More
I must have missed something: Was there some kind of all-hands white-people meeting at which we voted to kick the Democrats out? Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Dolezal, Beto O’Rourke — what’s up with all the ethnic play-acting? Isn’t cultural appropriation supposed to be a bad thing among progressives? Isn’t ... Read More
Way back in January, I went through the then-34 seats where a Republican incumbent was retiring and concluded that most were in deeply red districts and not likely to flip to Democrats. Pollsters and media organizations are less inclined to conduct surveys of House races, both because there’s less public ... Read More
Jasper, Ind. — It’s not easy to get out to Jasper. The closest airport, Louisville International, is in another state, and it’ll take an hour or two on a series of winding two-lane highways before you find yourself crossing the railroad tracks in the 15,000-person Indiana town. But that’s how Mike ... Read More