There are a lot of Romney-haters out there, Mark (Levin). I don’t think Amy Goldstein is on the mark, however, when she suggests that Romney’s rivals hate him because, for example, “[h]e believes that America’s best days are ahead of it, and not a memory.” Or because he is a Mormon. The fact that they have to raise money and he doesn’t, on the other hand, probably accounts for some of the hostility. Let me suggest two other reasons they hate him. One, they resent it when he attacks them for being to the left of positions he has very recently adopted. I think that’s an understandable reaction. Of course it has received a lot of attention. A second reason for the hostility has been less noticed. It is that the structure of the campaign has worked to intensify hostility to Romney from everyone. Giuliani and Huckabee have not been competing with each other for votes, and so there has been little back-and-forth between them. Romney has been an obstacle to everyone, and everyone else has been an obstacle to him. So he has made attacks on more people than the others, and more of the others have made attacks on him.
The current progressive effort to demonize attorney general William Barr is creepy, but then again not so strange. He came into the office with singular experience and an excellent reputation from past service. As attorney general, he has followed the law to the letter in handling the release, redactions, and ... Read More
The release of the Mueller report this week was a revelatory moment for me. I realized that, some time ago apparently, I crossed a political Mendoza line, where I am now more disgusted by Donald Trump’s opponents than I am by Trump himself. This is no insignificant development for me. Regular readers of mine ... Read More
The U.S. Attorney General is ending asylum seekers’ opportunity to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge. Read More
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Washington -- The oral arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday will be more decorous than the gusts of judicial testiness that blew the case up to the nation’s highest tribunal. The case, which raises arcane questions of administrative law but could have widely radiating political and policy ... Read More
Actors love to think they can play anything, but the job of any half-decent filmmaker is to tell them when they’re not right for a part. If the Rock wants to play Kurt Cobain, try to talk him out of it. Adam Sandler as King Lear is not a great match. And then there’s Joaquin Phoenix. He’s playing Jesus ... Read More