Politics, Moderate



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

Trump, the Movie

WASHINGTON -- In the Trump movie now playing in the American theater, connecting all the dots requires the artistry of a mapmaker and the insight of a psychic.

Or, perhaps, the critical eye of a movie reviewer.

The leading man, President-elect Donald Trump, is gradually revealing himself to be a hybrid of Daniel Plainview (”There Will Be ...Read more

Such Evil as This

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A deep stillness settled over the federal courtroom as graphic photos were shown of the nine people murdered last year at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church.

The defendant, 22-year-old Dylann Roof, sat motionless throughout, as he has since his death penalty trial began last Wednesday. Behind him sat his paternal grandparents, ...Read more

You Wanted Anti-Establishment? Hold On.

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- If you thought Donald Trump was the face of America’s anti-establishment movement, hold on to your chapeaus: A wild wind is rising.

Want to know what’s more anti-establishment than a president-elect who refuses to play by the rules? How about similarly spirited electors going AWOL and sending someone else to the Oval ...Read more

Trump’s Demagogic Illogic

WASHINGTON -- On the first stop of his “thank you” tour in Ohio Thursday, president-elect Donald Trump hit replay on several of his campaign tropes.

Among the crowd pleasers, he heckled the “crooked media,” prompting boos from the audience, and reiterated his pledge to criminalize flag burning.

And he’s not even president yet. More ...Read more

No Tears for Fidel

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes history doesn’t have to wait to judge -- and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn’t either.

With news of Fidel Castro’s death Friday -- finalmente -- world leaders began offering eulogies, some of which were so vapid or willfully ignorant that Castro might have written them himself. ...Read more

Trump’s Lovely Lies

WASHINGTON -- In this season of Thanksgiving, a quirky source of gratitude has emerged -- Donald Trump’s many campaign lies.

What else can one call the promises that he now treats as alien concepts? Almost daily, he reverses himself on a campaign promise, confirming what this column predicted: He would never keep his vows.

As a matter ...Read more

The Meaning of Mitt

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump’s flirtation with Mitt Romney as a possible pick for secretary of state has injected a sliver of hope and change into an evolving administration that could use some.

If ever there were a rarer pair -- think Doberman and Labradoodle -- I can’t think of one. Then again, how better to present a ...Read more

Guess who's coming to the White House

WASHINGTON -- If you'd never heard of Steve Bannon before Tuesday, you have now.

All the world is suddenly abuzz with news that President-elect Donald Trump has named Bannon, formerly executive chairman at the right-wing website Breitbart News, as his chief White House strategist and senior counselor.

Alt-right "conservatives" and white ...Read more

On hallowed ground

WASHINGTON -- Witnesses who tuned in to Donald Trump and Barack Obama's post-election get-together can't have missed the change in the president-elect's demeanor and affect.

Quiet and reserved, he seemed almost chastened. Dare I say, humble, and deferential to the man whose citizenship he challenged for years leading up to his candidacy. ...Read more

The mourning after

WASHINGTON -- When I opened my front door Wednesday morning after little sleep and numb from a bad dream that wasn't a dream, a dreary rainfall glazed the sidewalk as two neighbors gazed blankly in my direction.

As I leaned down to pick up my newspaper, a Carole King song filtered through my pre-coffee brain fog: Something inside has ...Read more

America: Still Great

WASHINGTON -- You can feel the tension. Strolling down the street, shopping at the corner market, stopping for a bite at the local tavern, friends and neighbors greet each other as usual but avoid the elephant sauntering around like he owns the place.

It's best not to talk politics this close to the election.

But when an impudent columnist ...Read more

Perverting the Presidency

WASHINGTON -- The last place -- and I do mean the very last place -- any candidate wants to be is in the frame with Anthony Weiner.

This is especially true if you're Hillary Clinton.

Even worse than being associated with the infamous sexter this week is being FBI Director James Comey, the least-envied man in America.

Not long ago, Comey was ...Read more

Post-Election Rules of Reckoning

WASHINGTON -- One more week, give or take.

It seems nearly impossible that an election season that began approximately four years ago is nearing its end. After almost two years of speeches, rallies and raunch, this presidential campaign has become just another sound in the white noise of life. Like "Groundhog Day," or perdition, it seemed it ...Read more

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