Magazine December 19, 2016, Issue

Litigating Politics

Demonstrating against the president-elect in Philadelphia, November 19, 2016 (Mark Makela/Getty)
The Democrats deploy a cynical weapon

The Democrats suffer from two tactical deficiencies. The first is that when they win, they act like they’ll never lose again; the second is that when they lose, they act like they’ll never win again. The Democrats have just lost a big one — the presidency — but both tendencies are of immediate interest.

One of the less rewarding chores assigned to conservative polemicists — a job that ought to be done by fair-minded political reporters of all persuasions — is cataloguing the endless array of double standards, ordinary hypocrisy, and heads-I-win/tails-you-lose conundrums cultivated by Democratic political operatives and their allies

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


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