Eli Lake reports on the trek of several senators, including Arlen Specter, to Syria. Specter has been seeking to engage Damascus for a decade. This 1997 interview about Hafez al-Assad is telling. As an aside, Specter violated his own caveats voiced in the interview when he subsequently engaged Iran despite its involvement in the Khobar attack. I’d be really curious for someone to ask the senators returning from Damascus to comment on how they think ordinary Syrians and the Lebanese seeking to free themselves from Syrian-sponsored terror will react to their visit. The senators might also report on what Bashar al-Assad said in response to their demands that specific political prisoners be released. This assumes the senators brought up the issue and did not just limit themselves to tasking the embassy to arrange squash games.
Hillary Clinton insisted that the sexual-assault allegations against her husband are nothing like the accusations that have been levied against Brett Kavanaugh -- suggesting that Bill’s accusers are not examples of victims who must be believed as part of the #MeToo movement. “There’s a very significant ... Read More
Earlier today, freshly minted Atlantic writer Jemele Hill published a piece that broke new ground in the Brett Kavanaugh debate. She revealed that, in her experience, black men were more sympathetic to Kavanaugh than she anticipated: On Tuesday night, I was in an auditorium with 100 black men in the city of ... Read More
When the history of the 2018 midterms is written, there will be a chapter on missed opportunities for Democrats. Some may wonder if they should have spent so much money supporting Beto O’Rourke in Texas, or whether Heidi Heitkamp was doomed from the start in North Dakota. One painful question for progressives ... Read More
The media’s treatment of Texas Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke wasn’t the most egregiously unfair coverage of the past year -- that would be the treatment of Brett Kavanaugh -- but it ranks among 2018’s most annoying. The endless glowing profiles of O’Rourke in every publication from Vanity Fair to ... Read More