Politics, Moderate



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

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


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