WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump looked like a fool and a fraud on Sunday. But what else is new?
Even the most ardent Trumpistas would have to admit that Trump's appearance at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally was, as spectacles go, pretty pathetic. It was supposed to be a vast, multitudinous gathering on the plaza in front of the Lincoln ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders is playing a dangerous game. If he and his campaign continue their scorched-earth attacks against the Democratic Party, they will succeed only in one thing: electing Donald Trump as president.
I say this as someone who shares much of Sanders' political philosophy; I too, for example, see health care as a basic right...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's opponents in the primaries were right to call him a con artist, a narcissist and a pathological liar. Just ask "John Miller."
That's one of the names Trump used with journalists to burnish his status as a bold-faced Manhattan celebrity; he also called himself "John Barron." Both personae were supposedly publicists ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Save us all the faux drama. We already know how this star-crossed courtship is going to end: House Speaker Paul Ryan will decide that Donald Trump isn't such an ogre after all, and they'll live unhappily ever after.
Ryan will be unhappy, at least. Trump has stolen his party, and there's nothing Ryan can do in the short term to get...Read more
WASHINGTON -- How do you nail a blob of mercury to the wall? That's a problem the Democratic nominee -- likely Hillary Clinton -- will have to solve in running against Donald Trump, most of whose positions on major issues are, shall we say, elusive.
I say "most" because Trump has been steadfast on three of his most nonsensical promises: banning...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party this week is like fifth-century Rome must have been after the Visigoths stormed the city's gates. Anarchy and confusion reign, there is the sound of anguished wailing, and political leaders are making an urgent calculation: Resistance or collaboration?
The suddenness of Donald Trump's final victory over the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Donald Trump rampage -- still hard to believe, after nearly a year -- is a symptom of something deeper and more profound: the Republican Party's slide into complete incoherence.
Rarely has a major party's establishment been so out of touch with its voting base. Rarely have so many experienced politicians (Jeb Bush, Scott ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Running mates? It's not even May, and already we're talking running mates? Then let me toss Elizabeth Warren's name into the mix.
I'm making several assumptions here -- in a year when assuming anything is dangerous. First, I believe Ted Cruz's desperate gamble of adding Carly Fiorina to his "ticket" will fail. He was right ...Read more
Tales of My Large, Loud, Spiritual FamilyKatherine Agranovich
When Katherine hypnotizes her daughter Jessica to pass a math quiz, the teenager reports seeing two angels who give her sage advice. With that, the gates of consciousness fly open and the realm of spirit bursts through, propelling the Agranovich clan on a rollercoaster ride full of mystical ...
WASHINGTON -- Don't call it strategy, call it strategery: Ted Cruz and John Kasich are going to cooperate to deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination. Also, I don't know, maybe a hurricane will dishevel Trump's comb-over and reveal his bald pate, causing such mortification that he quits the race. Or maybe there will be an earthquake next week...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Conservatives should be delighted that Harriet Tubman's likeness will grace the $20 bill. She was a Republican, after all, and a pious Christian. And she routinely exercised her Second Amendment right to carry a gun, which she was ready to use against anyone who stood in her way -- or any fugitive slave having second thoughts. On ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- For decades, the Republican Party gave voters the impression that they get to pick the presidential nominee. The much-weakened GOP establishment theoretically has the power to choose someone else -- but not, I believe, the strength of purpose to do it.
The author of this dilemma is, of course, Donald Trump. After a two-week pause ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic nominee for president will be running against a political novice who is widely despised, or a senator so unpopular that only two of his colleagues support him, or a governor far too moderate for his party's hard-line base, or someone else chosen at a bitterly contested convention. For Hillary Clinton or Bernie ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Not so fast, everybody. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, Wisconsin will not be the end of Donald Trump. It will not even be the beginning of the end. But it might be the end of the beginning.
To be sure, Trump had a terrible, horrible, atrocious week. But imagine the worst-case scenario for him: He wins none of Wisconsin's 42 ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If not for a certain Manhattan billionaire, Bernie Sanders' surprising strength and Hillary Clinton's relative weakness would be the big political story of the year.
Democrats are fortunate that bloody insurrection is roiling the Republican Party. Clinton -- the likely Democratic nominee -- will almost surely face either Donald ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- One of the more absurd things being said about the Donald Trump phenomenon is that the media created it. For the record, we didn't.
First of all, there is no "we." The news media operate in what should be every conservative ideologue's dream environment: an unfettered free market. Outlets compete every day -- actually, in the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's ignorance of government policy, both foreign and domestic, is breathtaking. The Republican Party is likely to nominate for president a man who appears to know next to nothing about the issues that would confront him in the job.
Such a sweeping condemnation may sound unfair. I wouldn't be surprised if Trump were ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The historic visit of a sitting U.S. president to Havana -- which should have come a half-century sooner -- will almost surely hasten the day when Cubans are free from the Castro government's suffocating repression.
President Obama's whirlwind trip is the culmination of his common-sense revamping of U.S. policy toward Cuba. One ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- We can no longer pretend this isn't happening. Donald Trump will very likely be the Republican nominee for president, and there is a nonzero chance he could win in November.
Trump won at least four of the primary contests Tuesday, including winner-take-all Florida. If you count Missouri, where he seems to have beaten Ted Cruz by a...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Desperate times call for desperate measures. The organized protest in Chicago that led Donald Trump to cancel a planned rally Friday may someday be remembered as the Dawn of the Resistance.
Trump has fueled his campaign's rise with the angriest and most divisive political rhetoric this nation has heard since the days of George ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- We the people are going to have to save ourselves from Donald Trump, because politicians don't seem up to the task.
For the big-haired billionaire it was another week, another romp. In winning three of the four states up for grabs Tuesday, Trump demonstrated once again the weaknesses of his rivals. Ted Cruz, whose core support is ...Read more