One of my favorite tunes in the super-hit musical "Hamilton" is a little ditty sung by King George III. He raises a very appropriate question for his former colonies today: What comes next?
What comes next?
You've been freed.
Do you know how hard it is to lead?
That question has come to many minds ever since King George's day, every time a ...Read more
When Donald Trump gloated that "the shackles have been taken off me," I immediately wondered, how was he shackled?
Was that the shackled Trump, for example, who obsessively attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel in May, Khizr Khan and his family in July and Alicia Machado in September?
No, Trump actually was putting a defiant face on a stunning event ...Read more
Can this presidential campaign get any weirder?
Sensing nothing left to lose, according to reports, Republican hopeful Donald Trump's campaign is going for broke with a scorched earth strategy, intended to make a "Bill Cosby" out of Bill Clinton.
Just as Cosby went from national hero to national pariah after a parade of women charged him with ...Read more
British politician Nigel Farage is a big fan of Donald Trump, although he chose an odd way to express it while chatting with reporters backstage after Sunday's presidential debate.
A leader in Britain's "Brexit" movement to leave the European Union, Farage praised Trump's performance against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to "a silverback ...Read more
In case you missed the vice presidential debate -- and who didn't? -- the most memorable moment in my view came when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence sounded shocked, shocked, at the very idea that a black police officer could be biased against black people.
I've got news for you, governor. A lot of black people don't like black people all that much.
I grabbed my ear lobe and jiggled it in disbelief of the words I was hearing from former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani's mouth.
Giuliani, a surrogate for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, was responding to a very good question from NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd on Sunday morning.
Todd wanted to know whether Giuliani's ...Read more
As with many topics, Donald Trump doesn't know much about the policing policy widely known as "stop and frisk," but that doesn't deter him one bit from Trump-splaining it to us with unbridled self-confidence.
The policy, which involves warrantless stops of people who are suspected of criminal activity to search them for weapons, became a ...Read more
Like countless other viewers, I wondered which Donald Trump would show up to debate Hillary Clinton: hyper Donald or sedate Donald.
Hyper Donald is the one we usually see on the campaign trail screaming himself hoarse or delighting crowds with his ad-libbed speeches like a stand-up comedian. Hyper Donald is the one we usually read in snarky ...Read more
Days before the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture near the Washington Monument, a couple of bizarre political developments illustrated why we Americans need it.
And I do mean all Americans. "Even if you think this isn't your story," as the museum's director Lonnie G. Bunch III recently told the politics/fromtheleft/clarencepage/s-1876383">Read more
Really? Are there undecided voters left?
Yes, as hard as it may be for most of us to believe, after putting up with the ads and sound bites of the presidential race for more than a year, polls show almost 10 percent of voters still haven't made up their minds.
That's typical. I used to make fun of such voters. I thought they were ...Read more
News Flash: Donald Trump now believes that President Barack Obama was born in the country of which he is president.
That news may be a relief to the president, although I doubt that he was losing much sleep over it.
After a night of oddly competing statements from Trump and his own campaign team, the Republican presidential nominee's announced...Read more
Hillary Clinton kept her pneumonia diagnosis under wraps for two days because she "didn't think it was going to be that big a deal." Right. That's what she used to say about her private email server.
Yes, I know Clinton's email server is an obsession that her rivals on the right will not let go. Fear and loathing motivate great political ...Read more
"Hey, more than 500 people have been murdered in Chicago this year," says one of my conservative friends. "I can't wait to see what you write about that."
Why? You didn't listen to me the last time. Are you really listening or just waiting for your own turn to complain?
"Jeez, why are you so touchy?"
I'm just tired of hearing your usual one-...Read more
Rest in peace, Phyllis Schlafly. I respected her for her leadership skills, even when she campaigned against almost all of the causes that I supported.
I also was often bewildered by her contradictions. In that I was not alone. Schlafly, who died Monday at age 92 in her home in St. Louis, was the quintessential anti-feminist leader in the 1970s...Read more
In this summer of raw identity politics, it is ironically appropriate that everyone's favorite fake black woman, Rachel Dolezal, is back in the news.
Dolezal, you surely recall, was the local NAACP president in Spokane who was exposed last year by a local television station and by her estranged parents as a white woman who was only passing for ...Read more
Donald Trump is a political commentator's dream in the usually news-challenged weeks of late summer when we're looking for someone to complain about.
For example, he rejects "political correctness." He says it takes too much time. That reminds me of an old nugget of good advice: If you don't have the time to do it right, when will you find time...Read more
Today's presidential race unfortunately reminds me of the bitter 1991 gubernatorial runoff in Louisiana, a state long associated with colorful politics.
That was the runoff that pitted former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, then a Republican state legislator, against three-term governor Edwin Edwards, a Democrat who had been acquitted in two ...Read more
As Donald Trump expressed "regret" for saying "the wrong thing" sometimes in his campaign, I thought he was going to break into song:
"Regrets, I've had a few/ But then again, too few to mention...."
Yes, that line from Frank Sinatra's "My Way" (actually Paul Anka's rewrite of a French song) reflects the wealthy developer-turned-Republican ...Read more
Back in the early 1990s, when our son was 4 years old and accustomed to seeing his dad on a certain Washington-based public television talk show, he'd annoy us by skipping through the house singing, "Bye-bye! Bye-bye...!"
John McLaughlin, creator-host of "The McLaughlin Group," was delighted to hear that news. "Watch out, Clarence," he said in ...Read more
When I caught up with J.D. Vance, he still sounded a bit bemused by the success of his colorfully titled book, "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis."
"I was just hoping to get some attention," he told me in a telephone chat as he prepared for a network TV appearance in Washington. "I wasn't expecting nearly this much ...Read more