The Phoniness of Republican Moderation

Three days into the new administration, here is all you need to know about whether Republicans will indeed stand up to Donald Trump: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 along party lines to recommend Rex Tillerson’s confirmation as secretary of state. The 11 included Marco Rubio, the former and … Continue reading

The Times Tries Our Souls

For those who suffer from the delusion that Donald Trump is unusual among Republicans in his disregard for the truth, The New York Times did a public service to all Americans Sunday morning. As part of its Sunday Review, it published a commentary on the Obama administration by a Republican. … Continue reading

No Clowning Around for Schumer

As Los Angelenos rioted after the acquittal of policemen caught on camera beating him, Rodney King asked, “Can we all get along?” When it comes to working with the incoming Trump administration, the answer for Democrats is a stark and obvious no—unless you’re a clown. As Charles Schumer, the new … Continue reading

The First Longest Day

The new Congress is in session, and House Republicans already have backed down on their plan to gut the power of the Office of Congressional Ethics. What have we learned so far? While it remains indispensable for understanding whatever is going on in the world, The New York Times already … Continue reading

With Trump, The Old Is The Not-So-New ‘Normal’

Allowing for Donald Trump’s mangling of the English language and the many ways people were sexist toward and about Hillary Clinton while claiming they weren’t sexist, it may be that the biggest word of the 2016 election was “normalization”—complaints from critics that the mainstream media normalized Trump, and warnings from … Continue reading