Donald Trump

The Area Bombing of President Trump [updated]

Featured image I’m wondering whether Buzzfeed should be known as Buzzbomb or Buzzfizz, since so many of their stories fizzle out or blow up in their own face. Or maybe we should adapt the old French-inspired phrase, “hoist by their own Buzzbomb”? I think there might be an analogy here to the Allied bombing of Germany in World War II. Postwar studies of bombing showed that Allied air raids missed their targets »

A tale of two letters

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon has compiled a classic supercuts video (below) contrasting the media treatment of Nancy Pelosi’s letter to President Trump rescheduling his State of the Union address with Trump’s retaliatory letter grounding Pelosi’s scheduled takeoff on an international trip using a government aircraft. Andrew Kugle’s accompanying Free Beacon story is “A tale of two letters.” Long story short, in unison: Pelosi good, Trump bad. It’s almost funny. »

BuzzFeed, buzz off

Featured image On Thursday evening BuzzFeed posted a story with the attention-grabbing headline “President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project.” CNN ran with the story essentially nonstop yesterday. Below is CNN New Day’s tweet with a video clip of the show’s interview with BuzzFeed reporter Anthony Cormier discussing his story yesterday morning. The excitement was palpable. “If true,” Trump was toast. Democrats couldn’t »

Trump’s letter to Pelosi [UPDATED]

Featured image Steve has posted President Trump’s letter to Speaker Pelosi advising her that that a congressional delegation trip she intended to take to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan is now “postponed.” The letter is a masterpiece. It’s vastly preferable to a tweet blasting Pelosi and calling her names, which is how I expected Trump to respond to Pelosi’s talk about postponing the State of the Union Address. It’s appalling that Pelosi didn’t »

Are you sure Alger done it this way?

Featured image The Sunday morning gabfests are turning into asylums a la Marat/Sade, without the pathos or human interest. This past Sunday they meditated deeply on President Trump’s non-denial denial that he was acting as a foreign agent for Russia. He had been posed the question by Jeanine Pirro on Saturday evening, following up on the New York Times story disclosing that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation on Trump himself »

Trump Triggers the Liberal Food Scolds

Featured image President Trump today hosted the Clemson Tigers NCAA football championship team, and served them fast food in the Oval Office: Trump really is a genius, because faster than you can say C. Everett Koop, a leftist was triggered. In this case it is David Roberts of Grist and Vox, who writes some really excellent energy articles on Vox, but suffers from an advanced case of Trump Derangement Syndrome: Um. . »

What we have learned so far (6) [With Comment by John]

Featured image Andrew McCarthy’s FOX News column “FBI Russia investigation was always about Trump” is only his most recent contribution to our understanding of the greatest scandal in our history — the one underlying the presidential election of 2016, from the Clinton campaign to the highest reaches of the Obama administration. He takes the occasion of the New York Times story on the FBI’s investigation of President Trump (see my comments here) »

Tweeting Into the Void?

Featured image Both Paul and Scott have commented on the New York Times leak-story to the effect that after President Trump fired James Comey, the FBI opened an investigation into whether Trump was a Russian agent. You can’t make this stuff up! Today the president himself got into the act, denouncing the Times and the miscreants at the FBI: Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former »

Trump’s powerful address

Featured image John and I don’t always agree about President Trump, but I agree with his assessment of Trump’s address tonight on immigration/the partial government shutdown. Trump laid out a common sense case for the need to fund border security and build more wall (or whatever one prefers to call it). I’m pretty sure most Americans agree with the substance of what Trump said. I also believe that Americans overwhelmingly agree that, »

Is character destiny?

Featured image James Piereson, a historian and fellow at the Manhattan Institute, takes on the claim that President Trump will fail because “character is destiny” and Trump’s character is abysmal. Piereson responds: The problem with this proposition, at least as it applies to politics, is that Machiavelli destroyed it five hundred years ago in The Prince, and thereby laid the foundations for modern politics. This is not to say that Trump’s character »

Hello Walls

Featured image Because its mission is enlightenment, the Washington Post investigated President Trump’s assertion that Barack Obama’s upscale home in the District of Columbia is protected by a 10-foot wall. The Post’s story is accessible here via Outline. The Post’s story generated numerous follow-on stories regurgitating the Post’s investigation. You can see the roster here via Google. I would use the adjective “countless” rather than “numerous” to log the search results, though »

Tlaib talks trash

Featured image CNN posted a love letter to freshly sworn-in Rep. Rashida Tlaib by Claire Foran yesterday afternoon, a few hours before Tlaib celebrated with a not quite quotable quote (video below). Looking for a straightforward account of Tlaib talking trash, I find Mark Osborne’s ABC News story. Osborne reports: It didn’t take long for new Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib to introduce herself to President Donald Trump and the nation. And she did »

Decoding Trump

Featured image Trump says lots of dumb things—often factually incorrect things—on a daily basis. But the media and his opponents (but I repeat myself) go out of their way willfully to misunderstand his meaning, which is often more sound. Such was the case today when everyone seized upon Trump saying that Russia was right to invade Afghanistan in 1979 because terrorists were coming over the border. This is idiotically wrong. But if »

Trump Trolls the Democrats

Featured image Early in his term, I was concerned about whether President Trump could stand up under the pressure. No one in our history, with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, had been subjected to such vicious abuse. I wondered whether any human being could tolerate it for four years. I don’t worry about that any longer. The irrepressible Donald Trump keeps on giving the Democrats at least as good as he »

Reflections on Romney

Featured image Steve has already leveled what is probably the most salient criticism of Mitt Romney’s anti-Trump op-ed in the Washington Post. As Steve showed, Romney inadvertently made a case against his own style of Republicanism. I want to focus on this passage in Romney’s piece: Furthermore, I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the »

In Re: Romney

Featured image Everyone is buzzing today about Mitt Romney’s op-ed criticizing Trump in the Bezos Bulletin. (This, after seeking Trump’s endorsement for the Senate in Utah, and treating with Trump in 2016 to be secretary of state.) The piece has that “more-in-sorrow-than-anger” tone that Trump’s crude manners are unbecoming of a president, and may degrade our democratic culture. Perhaps this is so. I’m less interested in becoming the 10,000th voice on this »

“Shutdown” politics

Featured image “House to test Trump on wall.” So reads the headline (paper edition) of the lead story in today’s Washington Post. The statement is true. However, it’s also true that Trump will test the new House. I think the test he poses might be the stiffer one. The Democrats have a constituency — government workers — that will clamor for an end to the shutdown. Trump has no such constituency. Not »