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President Trump Weighs In

Featured image Until now, President Trump has mostly remained aloof from the spectacle the Democrats have created over Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. This morning he weighed in via Twitter: Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts don’t matter. I go through »

The NFL did pretty well on TV this weekend

Featured image The NFL kicked off its 2018 season last Thursday with a game between Philadelphia and Atlanta. Despite the attractiveness of the matchup, television ratings were down 8 percent from last year’s opening Thursday night game. And last year’s rating were down 12 percent from the previous year’s. This prompted President Trump to tweet: Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison. Viewership »

Hillary, Sacked!

Featured image This is the funniest thing I’ve seen all week, though of course the week is young and Cory Booker is still to be heard from. I’ve seen the original version of this video, but this adaptation is perfect: »

The Ghost of Richard Darman

Featured image Although the internet tells me that Richard Darman, the éminence grise of the “deep state” during the Reagan-Bush years, died in 2008, apparently he is alive and working in the Trump White House.* Or at least his ghost is haunting the White House mess. I was on airplanes again yesterday afternoon crossing the country, arriving late at night on the east coast, and hence missed the afternoon firestorm over the anonymous »

Trump’s worst tweet yet

Featured image We’re in the middle of a busy news week, but I don’t want to overlook something President Trump tweeted on Monday. It was this: Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff…… I »

Politicize a Funeral? Last Time, It Didn’t Turn Out Well

Featured image As Paul noted last night, Democrats (and some Republicans) turned John McCain’s funeral into an orgy of Trump-bashing. Evidently they thought it made political sense. It reminds me of another politicized funeral, 16 years ago. In the fall of 2002, Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone was running for re-election against Norm Coleman. Tim Pawlenty was running his first race for Governor. And, of course, it was the first midterm election of »

McCain’s funeral turns into resistance meeting

Featured image Susan Glasser of the New Yorker calls John McCain’s funeral “the biggest resistance meeting yet.” I think Glasser is right, but is this a good thing? Glasser certainly thinks so. She seems ecstatic about it. McCain probably would have thought so too. He was a world class grudge holder. McCain was also capable of forgiveness, but that capacity ran in only one direction — left. It’s rich, though, that Meghan »

Our Teflon President?

Featured image Some of us are old enough to remember when the press dubbed Ronald Reagan the “teflon President.” Reporters meant by that to express their puzzlement at the fact that most Americans didn’t share their hatred for Reagan. They attacked him viciously, more viciously than any president since Herbert Hoover, but when he ran for re-election he carried 49 states. His victory was a massive repudiation of the liberal media. Countless »

Trump Does It Again

Featured image I find my facility with mathematical notation has gone to the dogs, as I have been trying (but failing) to put together the equation that postulates that the probability of all conversations leading to Trump over time is 1.0. Certainly this is true in Washington, DC. Maybe one of our readers from the ranks of engineers can put it together for me in the comments. In any case, it is »

Report: Trump strongly opposes lenient sentencing legislation

Featured image Last week, it was determined that the leniency-for-drug felons legislation being pushed by Democrats and some Republicans will not be brought to the Senate floor before the November elections. Left open was the question of whether it will be brought to the Senate floor afterwards. The answer to that question lies, I believe, in the position President Trump takes. If he supports leniency-for-felons legislation, it might well get a floor »

Let the people decide

Featured image I recently quoted Seth Lipsky’s unsigned New York Sun editorial “The president in a vise” observing of the Mueller prosecutions: “This is part of an effort by the Democrats and their collaborators to overturn a presidential election that they thought they would win.” The editorial expressed my thoughts exactly. By the same token, so does the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial “Let the people decide: A special prosecutor shouldn’t negate an election.” »

The News You Didn’t Hear This Week

Featured image So, President Trump had a terrible week. CNN, and the rest of the prestige press, told us so. It’s only a matter of time before Trump is brought down. A crisis of the regime is imminent. You can tell things are serious because the stock market . . . hit a record high! Strange how, aside from the Cheerleaders of the Tape at CNBC, we heard so little about this »

Next stop, the Trump Organization

Featured image My point, and I did have one, in placing the Michael Cohen plea agreement and related charges before readers here yesterday morning, was to note “the trouble down the road for others,” as I put it. First and foremost of “the others” I had in mind was the Trump Organization. Now the New York Times reports that the Manhattan district attorney’s office is mulling over charges against the Trump Organization »

A strange day for Trump and Sessions

Featured image This morning, President Trump attacked his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, once again. He complained that Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department.” Trump fails here to distinguish between taking control of the Russia investigation and taking control of the Justice Department generally. He also fails to recognize that it’s not the Attorney General’s job to protect the president or to promote his political interests — to be the president’s »

Michael Cohen’s guilty plea

Featured image The organs of the federal government have had the Trump campaign, President Trump and those around him under the microscope since some time before his first day in office. The counterintelligence investigation formally opened at by the FBI in July 2016 has become the Mueller Switch Project dogging the Trump administration. Whatever happened to “collusion”? It has served its purposes to feed the campaign against Trump while something like the »

Trump Is Right About Stormy Daniels

Featured image In an interview today, President Trump made a very important point about his payoff to Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels. As usual, he wasn’t particularly clear, but the point comes through: I don’t know if you know but I tweeted about the payments. But they didn’t come out of campaign. In fact, my first question when I heard about it was did they come out of the campaign because that »

The president in a vise

Featured image Seth Lipsky expresses my thoughts exactly in the unsigned New York Sun editorial “The president in a vise,” nowhere more so than in his conclusion: What needs to be kept in mind at every stage is that this whole investigation is not about Russian meddling. Everyone agrees that they did it and it was wrong. No one needs a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of that. This is »