WASHINGTON -- Of all the absurdities in Donald Trump's rapid political rise, none is more puzzling than his reputation for toughness in the war against terrorism.
Trump is a real estate developer who takes any domestic terrorist attack -- whatever the actual circumstances -- as confirmation of his views on a lax immigration system, as evidence ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the event of a victory by Donald Trump in November, political analysis will take on a forensic cast. How did establishment politics -- first in the GOP primaries, then in a national electorate -- come to die?
Privately, Democrats would regret their selection of one of the most joyless, least visionary presidential candidates of...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Once upon a time, I thought the repudiation of white supremacists was the easiest layup shot in American politics. Not for the Trump campaign.
Asked recently whether he considered former KKK leader David Duke deplorable, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said he was "not in the name-calling business." Earlier this year Donald ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Elements of the American right are seized with a fashionable despair, employed as a get-out-the-vote operation. "I think this will be the last election if I don't win," Donald Trump recently said. This is "our last shot" to save civilization, claims Gary Bauer. At stake are "national health and even survival" according to Publius ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Fifteen years after one of the most vivid and violent days in American history, there is still a debate over what the events of Sept. 11, 2001, actually mean.
For some individuals, it is clear enough. They experience horrible, continuing and unrecoverable loss -- the immense absence of friends and family chosen for death at random...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Of the 2016 election's lightning storm of shocks, few will have more lasting political consequence than the discrediting of the main media organs of movement conservatism.
Fox News -- the fair and balanced alternative to the liberal media, the voice of traditional values, the never-ceasing hum in the background of American ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So far, Donald Trump's outreach to African-Americans has consisted of stereotyping them as impoverished, as attending failed schools and as unemployed, and then asking what the hell they have to lose by supporting him.
If this sounds like a typically biased media summary of Trump's views, here he is: "You live in your poverty, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is undergoing his own "extreme vetting." And we are learning a great deal about the quality of his public pledges.
In no particular order, Trump has shifted his position on raising the federal minimum wage (against it, for it, get rid of it, leave it to the states, put it at $10 an hour); on fighting Islamic State (...Read more
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WASHINGTON -- With defeat now the likely outcome for the Republican presidential nominee, the blame shifting has begun early and in earnest.
To some partisans such as Sean Hannity, the responsibility for the expected loss -- as well as for Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court picks and "whatever illegal immigrants do" -- lies with Never Trump ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- People always remember their first presidential vote -- their first participation in the largest decision of American democracy.
In high school, I was a rather awkward, nerdish history buff (my wife would dispute the verb tense). I was also something of a lefty, particularly compared to my conservative religious upbringing. I ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Many Republicans are being driven mad by hope. In the moments between Donald Trump's attacks on grieving parents and his joke about assassination, GOP loyalists are grasping at any straw of competence or sanity to justify their continued support of a Hindenburg-inspired presidential campaign.
So Trump's recent speech at the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- One of the most unintentionally revealing moments of Hillary Clinton's campaign so far came during her recent, unconvincing explanation of the email affair: "I may have short-circuited it and for that I ah you know, will try to clarify."
Most of the resulting ridicule has focused on the "short-circuited" portion of the statement, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump began August 2, 2016, no doubt, determined to follow the advice of family and advisers to avoid fueling his own controversies and focus on Hillary Clinton's manifold failures.
By the end of that day, the Republican nominee had continued his fifth day of conflict with a Gold Star family. He had refused to support the ...Read more
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Every nation has sacred places, where history has stopped and lingered, and visitors are hushed by memories of redemptive sacrifice. One is the balcony outside Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. On this spot a familiar voice was stilled, but also somehow magnified, becoming part of...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's convention week featured two of the most effective communicators in the Democratic Party offering different images of the nominee. In Bill Clinton's version, she is a "change-maker" who has "never been satisfied with the status quo." In Barack Obama's telling, she has the "intelligence" and "judgment" to carry ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- With Thomas Hobbes now firmly in charge of Republican messaging -- the world is a dark, Darwinian bloodbath, unless we turn over power to a strong ruler who will protect us -- Hillary Clinton has a number of rhetorical and ideological gaps she could fill in Philadelphia.
She might, for example, use some self-effacing humor, in ...Read more
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WASHINGTON -- On a national convention stage that includes the kettledrum personalities of Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is more in the snare or bongo category. His speech to the convention ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- With precious little attention, the Republican Party's attitude toward international trade has officially shifted. Gone is the 2012 platform's strong endorsement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and trade in general. Instead, the new platform reflects Donald Trump's more skeptical attitude toward trade deals (Trump has ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- On April 4, 1968 -- the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed by a sniper -- Robert Kennedy gave (arguably) one of the greatest American speeches not given by a president. Speaking in a tough section of Indianapolis, Kennedy informed the shocked crowd that King was dead, quoted Aeschylus on the wisdom that comes "drop by ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "The most amazing thing about the 2016 elections," Roger Porter of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government told me, "is that we are likely to elect someone who close to two-thirds of the country does not trust."
The choice offered to Americans this November is the largest failure of the two-party system since (at least) the ...Read more