On the morning after Election Day, before successful candidates enjoyed their first cup of coffee as congressmen-elect, a well-connected GOP friend was drawing up a list of the ones who should be targeted for defeat in 2008. “That’s the spirit!” I thought, but no doubt the same list was being compiled across the aisle in order to identify the vulnerable first-termers most in need of the new leadership’s help. In a clever move, it’s been reported that House Democrats will consider their ethics reform bill in individual pieces to milk press attention and permit designated freshmen to champion each component. The freshmen are expected to have floor and face time “over a many as five days” when Congress reconvenes in January. It ain’t the Contract With America, but Democrats will look like the party of reform when they crack down on cozy relationships with lobbyists which it looks like Republicans were unwilling to do.
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
Jussie Smollett, the Trump-despising star of television’s Empire who has said he was attacked by two guys yelling a pro-Trump slogan, has now hired the lawyer for Trump’s lawyer to defend him in any criminal matters that may emerge from what he claims is a vicious January 29 attack. Michael Monico, a ... Read More
What a weasel word “collusion” is. In Washington, Senator Richard Burr (R., N.C.), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, has now seen fit to pronounce that, after two years of investigation, the panel has found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian regime. Meanwhile, in a ... 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
'The most important political event of the twentieth century,” wrote Irving Kristol in 1976, “is not the crisis of capitalism but the death of socialism.” Plenty of self-described Marxist and socialist regimes existed throughout the world, Kristol recognized. It was rather the ideas behind such regimes that ... Read More