There’s been drama around the House Judiciary Committee’s Matt Whitaker hearing, with all sort of procedural and legal back and forth between the committee and the administration and charges and counter-charges between Democrats and Republicans. It’s quite the spectacle, but it’s really how this should work. It isn’t an executive branch agency deciding to investigate the chief executive after he hires its head. It isn’t a subordinate executive branch official being given the responsibility to undertake what is, in effect, an impeachment inquiry. It isn’t, in short, the executive devouring itself. It is another politically accountable branch of government undertaking oversight of the executive, and doing it out in the open. People can decide for themselves who’s being reasonable or not, who’s right on the legal questions, whether there is any corrupt conduct or not—and then make up their minds what, if anything, should be done about it. What a concept.
The “we reported the Jussie Smollett case responsibly” contention has been blasted to smithereens. Twitter accounts and headlines in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times reported as fact Jussie Smollett’s wildly implausible allegations, and many other journalists did so as ... Read More
The Democrats swept to power in Congress by campaigning in a way that has been successful for Democrats for generations. “Republicans will take away your health care,” they said, after having focus-grouped it. Now we are preparing for a 2020 campaign in which Donald Trump and Republicans can as easily ... Read More
Andrew McCabe is a good witness and he made a favorable impression, at least on me, in his 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley. Pelley and his editors did a great job highlighting McCabe’s down-to-earth likability. Unlike Jim Comey, a career prosecutor and corporate lawyer before he became FBI director, ... Read More
Jussie Smollett’s story has always sounded a little . . . extraordinary. Smollett, who appears on the television series Empire, says he was attacked on the streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racial and homophobic abuses at him, beat him, doused him with bleach, and fastened a noose around ... Read More
Pollster and political analyst Pat Caddell died from a stroke on Saturday at the age of 68. Few people had more to do with Donald Trump’s amazing victory in 2016. The Washington Post concluded that Caddell “first wrote the instruction manual” for Trump when, entirely on his own, he conducted polls ... Read More
Making the click-through worthwhile: how actor Jussie Smollett’s tale was tailor-made to play into the existing stereotypes of progressive minds; a look at how fear drives our political divisions; the Left and the Right react to Amazon’s HQ2 incentives, and the scuttling of the deal with New York City, in ... Read More