One year ago, Joe Biden took the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States. So, it’s only fair to ask the question, on Jan. 20, 2022: “How’d that first year work out?” And, indeed, that was the entire focus of Biden’s news conference on January 19.
Take your partisan hat off for the moment. Whether you like his ...Read more
It’s as predictable as clockwork. Every January, we plan on making New Year’s resolutions, and then forget to. Or we make ambitious resolutions – and promptly break them. But not Joe Biden.
President Biden clearly made one bold New Year’s resolution for 2022: “No more Mister Nice Guy!” And, on at least two occasions so far, he ...Read more
If you were appalled by the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, don’t lull yourself to sleep thinking of it as “one and done.” The latest issue of the Atlantic warns that January 6 was just a warm-up for what’s to come.
In its mind-blowing lead article – “Trump’s next coup is already underway”— political writer Barton ...Read more
Now that the House has voted to hold former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt for refusing to appear before the January 6 Select Committee, Washington insiders are gripped in a typical, inside-the-Beltway dilemma: Whether or not the Justice Department should file criminal charges against him. After all, unlike Steve Bannon, ...Read more
In the 20 years or so that I’ve been writing a weekly column, I have studiously avoided obituaries. Because everybody else does them. Because they make me sad. Or just because. But I’m making an exception this week for Sen. Robert Dole, who died on December 5, at the age of 98.
Why? Because Bob Dole’s passing represented more than just ...Read more
As was widely reported, on Wednesday, December 1, the Supreme Court held oral arguments on the most direct threat to Roe v. Wade since the case was decided in 1973 by a vote of 7-2. At issue, a Mississippi anti-abortion law which would ban abortions in the state after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
That, by itself, is hugely important. The vast ...Read more
There are two ways of looking at the last 12 months. You can lie about it, as most Fox News anchors and right-wing media pundits do every night. Or you can tell the truth about it, as ABC’s Jonathan Karl does in his powerful new book, “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.”
We all tend to want to put bad news behind us. But if you’...Read more
Let the record show. On Dec. 2, 2010, Democratic Representative Charles Rangel was censured by the House of Representatives for a range of financial irregularities. The vote was 333-79, with 170 Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, voting to condemn their own powerful chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
Let the record also show. On ...Read more
Among political pundits, and probably among most of you, dear readers, I stand alone. I don’t buy the invincibility of Donald Trump nor the inevitability of his return to power.
In fact, I’m the only person I know who believes that (a) despite all his teasing, Trump will not run again for president in 2024; and (b) if he does, he’ll lose ...Read more
There’s no downplaying the damage Democrats suffered on November 2. They got totally wiped out in Virginia, a state Joe Biden won by 10 points just one year ago: losing the race for governor, lieutenant-governor, attorney general, and control of the House of Delegates. And they barely won the governor’s race in New Jersey, a blue state Joe ...Read more
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it “up to here” with Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. For the good of the Republic, we should all chip in and buy them a one-way ticket back to West Virginia and Arizona. And keep them there.
In fact, the most insane rumor floating around Washington this week was that Manchin might leave the ...Read more