WASHINGTON -- On a Saturday night in April, the rhetoric of our historical era reached a culminating, symbolic moment.
In Washington, D.C. -- at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner -- comedian Michelle Wolf mocked the physical appearance of Trump administration officials, made jokes about feticide and compared the president's ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Trying to explain Trump voters has become something of a cottage industry, both for those who want to exploit them and for those who want to marginalize them. They were motivated, we are told, by rage. They were motivated by being left behind in a modern, skills-based economy. They were motivated by racism. They were motivated by ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The attitude of President Trump toward federal law enforcement is, to put it mildly, mixed. The FBI refused to bend to his will. So it is comprised of "hardened Democrats" engaged in a "WITCH HUNT." The FBI was, according to Trump, too preoccupied with the Russia investigation to prevent the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. Its ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If the stages of a social movement are emergence, coalescence, bureaucratization and decline, the reaction against the Trump evangelicals among other evangelicals is still in the emergence stage. But one significant act of coalescence took place recently at Wheaton College, where a group of 50 ethnically and denominationally ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "Mission Accomplished" may be the most famous presidential words never actually uttered by a president. I know because, as head of presidential speechwriting at the time, I didn't write them. They were found on a banner, but never in a single draft of President George W. Bush's 2003 remarks aboard the USS Lincoln.
But now that ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Some politicians fit their era perfectly; others are born out of their time.
Donald Trump -- embodying the spirit of Richard Nixon by way of Pat Buchanan -- is the master of his low, cruel, dishonest moment. Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan -- inspired by Ronald Reagan by way of Jack Kemp -- has been lost and disoriented. His ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the world of progressive politics, all eyes are turned to Great Britain. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, represents progressivism in its most uncompromising form. He and his party are proposing massive increases in social spending, tax hikes on businesses and the wealthy, rent control in major cities, a ban on ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- From a presidential administration's appointments we learn how it views itself. From an administration's departures we learn how it conducts itself. Honesty comes easier to those with little left to lose.
In this regard, the Trump administration offers much to analyze. The pace of disillusioned exits is rapid. And what the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As an exercise in both empathy and grand strategy, try to imagine being a pro-American Syrian.
Perhaps you saw two of your children killed when a tank attacked your home. Perhaps your street was leveled by barrel bombs. Perhaps your neighborhood was surrounded and slowly starved into submission. Perhaps you watched your daughter ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Is it time for anti-Trump conservatives to recognize that they have lost the political and policy battle within the GOP and to accommodate themselves as best they can to an uncomfortable reality?
This is the argument of the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Henry Olsen, one of the most thoughtful political analysts on the right. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Some who watched the Stormy Daniels interview on "60 Minutes" claimed it contained nothing new. On national television, an adult performer alleged that Donald Trump engaged in an extramarital fling, that his minions legally and physically threatened her to discourage public disclosure of the affair, and that Trump's fixer paid her ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As a former presidential staffer, I have little patience for leaks. Any president deserves and requires the ability to conduct policy discussions in private. Leaks are an abuse of power and position, generally by people who are unelected and self-serving.
But motivations matter, and the taxonomy of White House leakage is a worthy ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- At one haunted moment in American history -- early in 1939, not long after Kristallnacht -- Senator Robert Wagner, D-N.Y., and Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers, R-Mass., introduced a bill that would have allowed 20,000 unaccompanied Jewish refugee children into the United States. Opponents argued that Congress should focus on the welfare ...Read more