Last week was a very good week for Roy Moore. He got a quasi-endorsement from Donald Trump that will become less quasi- over time. And accusations against Al Franken and John Conyers create a very useful sense that “everyone does it” (if not what Moore is guilty of) and a smoke screen of Democratic hypocrisy. His chances of getting elected have increased by some discernible amount. On top of this, if he makes it to Washington, it is less likely he will get expelled now that he has Trump’s support. I have been doubtful that Republicans would expel Moore regardless, given the time and drama it would entail and the fact that an immediate expulsion might be indistinguishable from an impermissible refusal to seat him.
The activist base of the Democratic party is lurching left fast enough that everyone should pay attention. Activists matter because their turnout in low-turnout primaries and caucuses almost propelled leftist Bernie Sanders to victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Last month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated New ... Read More
1)Al, as you were posting on social media a list of proposed questions for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, did it occur to you that your opinion on the matter is no more relevant than Harvey Weinstein’s? 2) Al, is it appropriate for a disgraced former U.S. senator to use the Twitter cognomen “U.S. ... Read More
Earlier today the Grand Jury for the District of Columbia charged twelve Russian intelligence officers with conspiring “to gain unauthorized access (to ‘hack’) into the computers of U.S. persons and entities involved in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, steal documents from those computers, and stage ... Read More
An investigation is one of two things: a search for the truth, or a farce. The House is conducting a farce. That fact was on full display during ten hours of testimony by Peter Strzok, the logorrheic lawman who steered the FBI’s Clinton-emails and Trump–Russia probes. The principal question before the ... Read More
Toward the end of The Death of Stalin, two Communist Party bosses size up Joseph Stalin’s immediate successor, Georgy Malenkov. “Can we trust him?” one asks. “Can you ever really trust a weak man?” his comrade answers. Good question. Last week brought the news that the head of Shambhala ... Read More
In Helsinki, President Donald Trump damaged his administration and harmed his own foreign-policy objectives. His press conference with Vladimir Putin is further deranging America’s political life. Just as he did after the Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un, President Trump demonstrated his almost bottomless ... Read More