Politics, Moderate



Obama's Legacy of a Pre-Post-Racial Era

WASHINGTON -- As Barack Obama's presidency takes a backseat to the psychodrama known as the 2016 election, historians, speculators and revisionists are busy writing his presidential epitaph.

Not least of the revisionists is Obama himself. At a recent commencement address at historically black Howard University, Obama noted that his election did...Read more

A Trump Too Far?

WASHINGTON -- If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren't captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn't believe in taking prisoners, either.

The exception to the rule is obviously truth. But then, veracity is no hindrance to the conspiracy-minded.

Now, Trump points out he didn't say this "because I don't think it's ...Read more

Election Disaffection

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- On rare occasions, Americans coalesce around a common cause, usually following some calamity -- a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or, say, during a presidential election.

Take today. Or rather, take the past several months during which Americans have begun to face the likely probability that they'll elect a president ...Read more

Hillary's Viral Nightmare

WASHINGTON -- You could say that it all depends on how you define "lie." Or, perhaps, that it's hell to have a public record.

Either way, Hillary Clinton's vast resume of, shall we say, inconsistencies, is the dog that caught the car and won't let go. A viral video collection of her comments on various subjects through the years is bestirring ...Read more

Rules Are For Breaking

WASHINGTON -- It should be obvious to all by now that Donald Trump knows nothing of what he speaks. His disastrous economic ideas are but the latest in a litany of nonsensical proposals.

Yet, and still, his supporters -- that Republican base so carefully nurtured by the very GOP operatives and politicians who now find its members so distasteful...Read more

Farewell, Grand Old Party

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't precisely an act of moral courage, but House Speaker Paul Ryan's comment that he's not ready to support presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump was at least ... something.

Whether it's a start or a finish remains to be revealed, but it would seem that we're witnessing the beginning of the end. To wit: A Republican ...Read more

Ted Cruz's Fall From Grace

WASHINGTON -- When Shakespeare wrote the "truth will out," he must have had Ted Cruz in mind.

Cruz's truth -- or his true self -- has been leaking by steady drips ever since he began his candidacy, which was at approximately 12:10 p.m. on January 3, 2013, when Cruz was sworn in as a freshman senator from Texas.

No one in Washington failed to ...Read more

In his own words

WASHINGTON -- One of the most effective political ads of the season features women repeating the many derogatory statements Donald Trump has made about the fairer sex.

No editorial comment is needed when a candidate's own words stand alone to expose his flaws, and thus to condemn him.

Just ask Mitt Romney, whose 47 percent remark effectively ...Read more

Plato, Aristotle and, Oh Dear, Trump

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- When it comes to rhetoric, Plato was right and Aristotle -- not so much.

Distilled, Aristotle thought rhetoric good for democracy, though his definition of "by the people" was closer to our Founding Fathers' intent of only certain people than to today's more-the-merrier model. Given this assumption of a narrow, educated,...Read more

Black Votes Matter

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- African-Americans in the South can't get a break when it comes to voting, as history can't deny.

After all they've endured through slavery, Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, their voices are still treated dismissively by tone-deaf politicians who would ask for their votes.

If you're thinking Bernie Sanders, you're ...Read more

A Trans-ient Dilemma

WASHINGTON -- As Archie Bunker might say, the world is going down the terlet.

And how.

Who could have predicted that politics would require serious discussion of who uses what restroom? Or, personally speaking, a second column?

Alas, it seems that yet greater clarity is needed regarding this terribly serious, faux dilemma of proper bathroom ...Read more

Karma Tastes Rich in New, Humane Economy

WASHINGTON -- As the human circus of presidential politics has plodded along for what seems a decade now, a revolution has been taking place in the ever-more-dignified animal kingdom.

Several victories in just the past few weeks have raised cheers, or their equivalent, in aquariums, barnyards and board rooms across the country as three giants ...Read more

Fashion-Backward in North Carolina

EASTON, Md. -- It's been a long while since South Carolina could look down upon its neighbor to the North.

Thanks to North Carolina's anti-LGBT legislation (HB2), also referred to as the "bathroom bill," the state effectively has begun redefining itself from its long-popular characterization as a "valley of humility between two mountains of ...Read more

Pope Bernie

WASHINGTON -- Imagine emerging from a rocky political week only to announce, as Bernie Sanders did, that, oh, by the way, the Vatican called. Actually, it was the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, but close enough, I suppose.

Hillary Clinton thought bubble: He's Jewish for crying out loud. What am I, chopped liver? No, I'm Methodist! ...Read more

The People's Race

WASHINGTON -- The spectacular strangeness of this presidential election may require a new display in Ripley's Odditorium of believe-it-or-nots.

Among the exhibits, curators might place the History of Conventional Wisdom, wherein the page titled "Populists Never Win in America" has a large, red X drawn through the word "never."

Like all things ...Read more

Trump Learns That Thinking is Hard

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is learning how hard it is to pretend to be something he's not.

Case in point: Since deciding to run for president -- and maybe before, but who knows? -- Trump has insisted he is pro-life. America learned otherwise with his recent remarks that a woman should be punished were she to have an illegal abortion. Since ...Read more

What Now?

WASHINGTON -- So what are we to do?

This is a familiar question to opinion writers. Translation: You've told us what's wrong with everything -- and we agree. But, what's the action plan?

Ah. The action plan. I hoped you'd never ask.

A reader recently wrote three of us Washington Post columnists along these lines: "I feel your frustration and...Read more

Sinking to Old Lows

WASHINGTON -- When a presidential election devolves into a hydrant-watering contest between leading contenders about the relative attractiveness of their respective wives, not only does America look ridiculous but we diminish our moral standing to denounce other cultures' marginalization of women.

It's that bad.

This latest tantrum-a-deux ...Read more

What Did You Do To Stop Him, Daddy?

WASHINGTON -- Now that Donald Trump has spoken before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group, Americans have learned the following:

Trump can read a teleprompter; he finally got someone to write him a decent speech, which he was able to deliver without resorting to vulgarities; and he has provided ...Read more

Understanding the Islamic State

MIAMI BEACH -- One wouldn't call them bedfellows, strange or otherwise, but President Obama and Donald Trump are bothinadvertently helping the Islamic State through rhetoric that is either too cautious or too rash.

It shouldn't be difficult to discern which is which.

Obama, through his studious avoidance of explicitly calling terrorists...Read more


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