You can tell things have gotten very bad when the issue of economic inequality -- a serious national problem mostly ignored for more than three decades -- is suddenly in political vogue. And you can be sure things have gotten very, very bad when Republicans -- who usually insist that inequality is natural, inevitable, even beneficial -- ...Read more
Before too much credibility is lavished upon Republican critics of the Iran nuclear agreement draft, including all of the assorted would-be presidential candidates, someone ought to urge them to explain what they would do instead. And when those critics start blathering, someone should interrupt to ask whether they are actually talking about a...Read more
Nobody who knows Ted Cruz -- the Texas freshman Senator who became the first official contestant for the Republican Party's presidential nomination this week -- doubts that he is very, very smart. That includes Cruz himself, whose emphatic confidence in his own superior intelligence has not always endeared him to colleagues and acquaintances (...Read more
Expecting morally serious debate from any would-be Republican presidential contender is like waiting for a check from a deadbeat. It could arrive someday, but don't count on it.
Yet listening to someone like Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., feign outrage over a real moral question can still be amusing, if you know enough about him to laugh. The ...Read more
It is almost eerie how closely Hillary Clinton's current email scandal parallels the beginnings of the Whitewater fiasco that ensnared her and her husband almost 20 years ago. Both began with tendentious, inaccurate stories published by The New York Times; both relied upon highly exaggerated suspicions of wrongdoing; both were seized upon by ...Read more
To someone who has watched many "scandals" surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton evaporate into the Washington mist -- even when Pulitzer Prize-winning pundits predicted that she would end up in prison! -- the current furor over her emails hardly seems earthshaking.
It isn't unreasonable to require public officials to conduct all public business ...Read more
Being singled out as "the smart brother" in an American political and financial dynasty like the Bush family must be a heavy load. But Jeb Bush went far to dispel that burdensome description with his debut address on foreign policy. With its melange of mispronunciations, mistakes and casually ignorant utterances, Bush's speech before the ...Read more
The harshest penalties usually tend to be brutal, vengeful and excessive -- even when the offender is a celebrity journalist like Brian Williams. Suspended without pay from his post as the "NBC Nightly News" anchor for six months, Williams may be facing the end of his career in television news, which would be roughly equivalent to capital ...Read more
It doesn't happen often, but Washington is now debating an important issue on which the United States Chamber of Commerce, Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla., Fox News pundit Charles Krauthammer, and a growing posse of assorted right-wingers are right -- and President Barack Obama is wrong.
Those voices on the right, along with many on the left, ...Read more
The latest fad among would-be Republican presidential contenders is to proclaim their deep commitment to fighting poverty and inequality -- which sounds as plausible as a promise by McDonald's to abolish greasy food.
Decades of abuse of the nation's poor and working families, which reached a crescendo in Mitt Romney's "47 percent" campaign in...Read more