Politics, Moderate



Neil Gorsuch Steals the Week

WASHINGTON -- Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States.

Alas, he’s not. But Gorsuch’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia is the sanest act committed by a president whose first 60 days have left him with an ...Read more

Death by a Thousand Cuts

WASHINGTON -- From Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” to Donald Trump’s “Detroit single mom,” the unmarried mother remains a constant fascination to Republicans wielding budget-cutting scalpels.

Whereas Reagan was propagating a stereotype of the fraudulent abuser of public largesse when he popularized the term in 1976, framing welfare ...Read more

Yelling Racist in a Crowded Nation

WASHINGTON -- “Culture and demographics are our destiny.” Stop.

But Iowa Rep. Steve King didn’t stop there. He continued to feed his foot deep into his gullet: “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

Well, now. Let’s pause to parse.

First, one never speaks of “somebody else’s babies” except to ...Read more

Congress’ Grizzly Betrayal

WASHINGTON -- In its zeal to repeal, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule forbidding the baiting, trapping and “denning” of bears and wolves in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges.

The Senate is poised to consider the resolution as soon as next week.

Distilled to its essence, ...Read more

R.I.P., DNC?

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- If the Democratic Party is ailing after losing the presidency to Donald Trump, state parties are on life support.

Here in the long-ago Democratic stronghold of Alabama, the party is all but dead, say some of its disheartened members. Consider: Not a single statewide office is held by a Democrat; the state Legislature is ...Read more

Grading the President

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump, the human ruler, as in measuring stick, is at it again, this time grading his performance as president.

Appearing on Fox News recently, the president gave himself an A-plus for effort, an A for accomplishment, and a C for communication.

He does seem to be trying hard -- at whatever it is he’s doing -- though it’...Read more

Adjectively Speaking

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer might owe Melissa McCarthy a thank-you note.

The actress who mocked Spicer in her “Saturday Night Life” caricature of his angry, anti-media persona seems to have breathed new life into the man -- as only a woman could do?

To his credit, Spicer didn’t curl up in a fetal ball, as one ...Read more

Standing Athwart History Shouting, “Whatever, Baby!”

WASHINGTON -- Remember when conservatism meant deep thinkers and big ideas? Get over it.

Today, conservatism means get your Miley (Cyrus) on and show us your tongue, shout Trump to the rafters, if you can pony up the privilege of “free speech,” and young -- very young -- “love.”

Or so it would seem judging by this year’s lead-up to ...Read more

A Failure to Communicate

WASHINGTON -- To sum up President Trump’s first month in office, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations.

To those who opposed him, he’s worse than expected. To those who supported him, he’s done exactly what he said he would do and more.

And everyone hates the media.

Regarding the observation that the media took Trump literally but ...Read more

Meet Rick. Meet the football. Hike!

WASHINGTON -- By now a few million Americans have met “Rick,” the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear “football” for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago club member who posted a selfie of the two on his Facebook page.

The entire Saturday evening in Palm Beach, where Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the...Read more

Count Gorsuch

WASHINGTON -- To review the left’s reaction to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is to infer he’s the spawn of Dracula -- a cruel and bloodless beast who shrinks from the light and plays havoc with history.

Among the many distortions: Gorsuch is against clean water, consumers, women’s health, dying people and workers. The liberal ...Read more

Driving us to Distraction

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump seems to think he’s still on his reality TV show shouting, “You’re fired!” while President Stephen Bannon is busy drafting executive orders with his favorite black crayon.

Such is the surreal universe in which we find ourselves. Those who thought they were electing Trump to the presidency likely have never ...Read more

President. Trump.

WASHINGTON -- So, that happened.

Let us pray.

Yes, of course, you can go back to sleep, Mr. Van Winkle, but it won’t change the facts. Donald Trump is the president of the United States.

The humble, warm and engaging Trump we’d hoped to meet on Inauguration Day failed to make an appearance. We’ve heard he exists, but shtick is shtick, ...Read more

Heavyweight Match: Lewis vs. Trump

WASHINGTON -- A recent tweet from @realDonaldTrump: John Lewis is an American hero. I look forward to working with him in the years to come.”

That, my friends, is what’s known as “fake news.” It didn’t happen. I made it up.

Here’s real news: Just days before his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump got into a verbal battle ...Read more

President-Elect Trumpschenko

WASHINGTON -- First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya.

For years, Donald Trump was unrelenting in his insistence that Obama prove beyond existing proof that he was born in Hawaii and not in the African ...Read more

Loner-Loser Syndrome

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- As convicted murderer Dylann Roof prepares to defend himself in the sentencing phase of his trial, a clearer understanding of his motives in gunning down nine African-Americans during Bible study prayer has begun to emerge.

In a word, he’s a loser -- as random and ordinary as the proverbial tree falling in a forest bereft ...Read more

Fear Thee Well to 2016

EDITORS -- Kathleen Parker is taking a one-column vacation. Her next column will be sent Tuesday, Jan. 3, for release Wednesday, Jan. 4. If you’ve previously requested a substitute column for Parker, you will receive the same one. To request a new substitute column, contact the Writers Group at writers.group@washpost.com or 800-879-9794, ext. ...Read more

Two Words

CAMDEN, S.C. -- When my wickedly witty father wanted to insult someone, he’d say, “I have two words for you -- and they’re not “Merry Christmas.”

At least this is what he thought he might say because I don’t think he ever insulted anyone. Even in private, he spoke only favorably of others, which impressed me as a young girl. ...Read more

Dear Mr. Trump

WASHINGTON -- You won. Welcome to hell.

And to think, I thought you’d become president when hell froze over.

Now that the election is finally behind us, may I ask a tiny question: Why did you want this job? Was it on your bucket list? After so many square miles of golf courses, trophy wives, gilt mirrors and crystal chandeliers, was there ...Read more

The parable of Mother Emanuel

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- In the parable of the sower, a farmer sprinkles seeds upon four different types of terrain, one of which is rocky where seeds fail to thrive.

As interpreted by scholars, the rock refers to the human heart that’s made of stone and therefore resistant to the seed (the Word of God), and therefore lost to salvation.

This was ...Read more


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