Here is a piece noting (somewhat critically) Newt’s confession strategy: Get out in front of his personal problems from the past by talking frankly about them now. This makes sense. I think it was shrewd for Newt to go on Dobson to talk about this stuff. Dobson wasn’t a soft-ball interviewer–he didn’t let Newt get away with anything–but at the deepest level he was sympathetic to Newt and his plea for God’s forgiveness. Politically, however, there is a limit to how much Newt can do to minimize the damage from that time in his career. He can perhaps minimize it at the margins, but the perceptions of his recklessness and poor judgment (which account for Newt’s high negatives) probably aren’t going to go away. I have a keen appreciation of Newt’s talents and strengths, but if he runs, he’s probably going to have to find a way to win despite those high negatives. There’s no way to “inoculate” himself from them, certainly not with one radio interview.
Texans are very fond of reminding our fellow Americans that, because of its former status as an independent republic, Texas is the only state in the union permitted by treaty to leave the Union or renegotiate its status. This is a point of pride with Texans. It isn’t true. In fact, nothing you will ever ... Read More
Efforts to browbeat conservative justices into recusing themselves from any important Supreme Court case are standard fare from liberals and progressives these days (a tactic Donald Trump has aped by demanding that Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg recuse themselves over criticisms of him, in Sotomayor's case in ... Read More
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s latest political stunt was carried out for Time magazine’s list of 100 influential people. The pair sat on a bench, spoke of “compassion” and the “global community” and the importance of everyone’s being nicer to each other online, and then -- what else? -- the U.S. ... Read More
Once when I was a kid, my dad held up three fingers and asked, “Does this two look like a three?” Little did I know that this attempted sleight of hand would become a regular feature of the process for appointing federal judges. Watch for it in the days ahead as the Senate considers President Donald Trump’s ... Read More
It must have been quite disappointing for those who were expecting Amy Coney Barrett to appear in a red habit and veil to take the oath of subservience to The Patriarchy, but Donald Trump and the nominee (along with her beautiful family) both gave fine speeches. Was the Trump presidency worth it for ... Read More