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'The Blacks'

WASHINGTON -- When Donald Trump says he has a great relationship with "the Blacks," I wonder if he also gets along well with the Smiths. We know he's tight with the Whites.

But what's with the definite article?

During a brief dalliance with Google, I learned that Trump has used "the" before whites at least once -- when commenting that Black ...Read more

The GOP's Trumpian Deflation

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump. Would that it were unnecessary to mention his name except, say, as a Viagra pitchman.

Despite such casting perfection, this isn't intended as a personal metaphor for the man, though it is for the GOP. Cue sound of balloon losing vigor. The erstwhile party of Lincoln has rendered itself impotent by its clammy-handed ...Read more

Hillary's Heel

WASHINGTON -- When I wrote the headline "Hillary's heel," I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife's pantsuit hem.

Hillary Clinton's Achilles' heel is her very Clinton-ness. Rather than tell the truth as soon as possible, a reluctance shared by her husband during his ...Read more

A Nice Column About Trump

WASHINGTON -- When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?, I thought, well, that could be fun. But hard.

Then, as if the Muses and Fates had conspired to help me in this Olympian task, everything in Trump World changed. Not only did ...Read more

Beach Burkini Bingo

WASHINGTON -- Once upon a time, a scantily clad lass padding down a beach might cause a riot -- at least of eyeballs eager to extend the sidelong glance.

Today, it's the fully clothed woman who overheats the passions in France, where three towns have banned the burkini. Leave it to the French to criminalize modesty.

Latest to the ban-wagon is ...Read more

Driven to Distraction

OXFORD, Md. -- Reflexively, I type "Dru" and The Drudge Report pops up. I hate myself for going there but as a columnist ever in search of the zeitgeist's ultimate wave, I am behooved.

Breezing past the latest tricklings about The Hill & Trumpie Show -- I'm not proud of this -- I click on "Weiner still at it?"

Hey, it's August. It's what ...Read more

Hurray for John Oliver

WASHINGTON -- Every couple of years or so, I feel the need to whine about the plight of newspapers. It's August. I'm Trumped out. So today's the day.

Except that HBO's John Oliver beat me to it with the best defense of newspapers -- ever. His recent "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" monologue about the suffering newspaper industry has gone ...Read more

Trump's Head Case

WASHINGTON -- Two years ago, Karl Rove caused a stir when he planted a seed that Hillary Clinton might have suffered brain damage from a fall. 

My, how things have changed.

Today, Clinton's brain seems to be working just fine, though it's less than clear that Donald Trump's is.

Much has been written about Trump's narcissism, by which most ...Read more

Fox and Friends With Benefits

WASHINGTON -- No one would mistake Roger Ailes for a ladies man, at least not without a fistful of dollars -- or a garter belt.

So emerges a fresh image of the man who created Fox News, the cable network known for its leggy, law-degreed female hosts. Ailes, like Hugh Hefner, knew that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

Then ...Read more

We're All Democrats Now

PHILADELPHIA -- A longtime Republican friend texted just as the Democratic National Convention was burying itself in balloons: "I'm sorry," she said, "I'm a Democrat."

Another Republican friend called after President Obama spoke Wednesday night: "I'm sorry," he said. "I'm a Democrat."

No apologies necessary. But thanks surely go to Donald ...Read more

Night and Day

PHILADELPHIA -- If political conventions tell us anything beyond the predictable, the one held last week in Cleveland and the other going on this week in Philadelphia pose contrasts so stark that one wonders if the two groups hail from the same country. Hint: One of them didn't present a diverse cross-section of America.

Whereas Cleveland's ...Read more

Herr Trumpf

CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump was a man in full Thursday night as he accepted the Republican nomination: Full-throated, full of fury and full of himself: "I am your voice"; "I alone can fix it [the system]"; "I am the law and order candidate."

And the teeming throng of red-, white- and blue-bedecked patriots loved all 75 minutes of an acceptance ...Read more

You Know What They Say ...

CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much.

This is especially so if you're Melania Trump on opening night at the Republican National Convention.

Or, is it? By the reaction, both within and without the campaign, you'd have thought the woman had lifted Lady Macbeth's "Out, damned spot," or, say, ...Read more

Who Will Keep Us Safe?

WASHINGTON -- Nice, France. Of all places.

But of course a terrorist in love with death would choose one of the world's most beautiful coastal cities to mow down innocents in a moment of celebration.

All in the service of some ridiculous god. Not Allah, but the murderer these terrorists have made of him.

There are no words.

Over the next few...Read more

Eye of the Beholder

NEW YORK -- By now most Americans know the name of Dallas Police Chief David Brown -- and quite a few wouldn't mind seeing him play a larger national role. I hear Republicans are looking for a substitute nominee.

Brown is admired not only as a defender of law and order but also as a blunt spokesman for a nation reeling from violence. He minces ...Read more

America's Killing Fields

WASHINGTON -- Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness.

These fractured thoughts were all I could muster upon waking Friday to news of the ambush on Dallas police. They were still fresh in my mind from the night before when I'd turned in early, exhausted by the images of 32-year-old Philando Castile dying in ...Read more

For Whom Trump tolls?

WASHINGTON -- Perusing the wires on a deadline morn, I was struck by a constellation of intellectuals struggling to translate the relative meanings of Brexit, Donald Trump and the West's populist surge against elites.

At least three bright fellows caught my eye: columnist Ross Douthat of The New York Times; Daniel Drezner, professor of ...Read more

Bill-Gate, Again

WASHINGTON -- But of course Bill Clinton wants his wife to become president of the United States and make history as the nation's first female commander in chief.

Why, he'd be pleased as punch and proud as proud can be.

Plus, it would be tons of fun to return to the White House as the first husband. Bill would throw on an apron and ...Read more

Double-Trouble for Trump

WASHINGTON -- Watching Hillary Clinton beaming sidewise on stage as Elizabeth Warren taunted Donald Trump brought the Wrigley twin ditty to mind: Double your pleasure, double your fun, with double good, double good, Doublemint gum.

Instead of two happy twins riding a tandem bicycle to celebrate chewing gum, the Clinton-Warren sixties ...Read more

Brexit, Meet Trexit

WASHINGTON -- With Britain's vote to leave the European Union, did Donald Trump just win the presidential election?

On the surface, this may seem an odd question, but the concerns that led a majority of Brits to vote "leave" on Thursday are similar to those that have catapulted Trump to the Republican nomination -- immigration, refugees, ...Read more

 
 

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