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 »

“Senior official in Trump administration” rips Trump in New York Times op-ed

Featured image Today, the New York Times ran on op-ed by an anonymous person it described as a senior official in the Trump administration. The title of the piece was “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” The subtitle was “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” I want to offer the following observations »

Fake news: A case study

Featured image Over the weekend I noted the Wall Street Journal editorial decrying the wrong done to Cleta Mitchell in connection with the Russia investigation(s). Cleta is the prominent Foley & Lardner partner and campaign finance expert. The Journal editorial is “Anatomy of a Fusion smear” (truncated but accessible here on Outline). It appears that the Fusion smear was planted in his accustomed style by Glenn Simpson with a few of his »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on the Seth and Chris show this afternoon/evening to discuss the first day of the hearings on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. I’m scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. The Seth and Chris show airs on 960 The Patriot in Phoenix. »

More Mueller madness

Featured image My Mueller madness series regularly features New York Times stories. These stories come in two subsets. One subset breathlessly advances the Mueller project by taking the latest development and projecting the path to President Trump. The other subset plays defense by rewriting history bearing on the genuine scandals underlying the Mueller investigation. If you are familiar with the primary documents and the related facts, the Times will drive you out »

Why is this woman smiling?

Featured image Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has a certain genius for avoiding outspoken stands on important issues and leading the way on trivial matters calculated to garner broad public support. If she secures a favorable headline or two in the process, it’s no coincidence. It is the true object of her efforts and it’s not too difficult. The hometown newspaper is always happy to pitch in on public relations, as Stephen Montemayor »

More Mueller madness

Featured image It’s hard to keep up with the news related to the Mueller madness that dogs President Trump. I want to note the following items of the past day or two. The usual gaggle of New York Times reporters delivers “Lobbyist Sam Patten Pleads Guilty to Steering Foreign Funds to Trump Inaugural.” Who is Sam Patten, you may ask. Whoever he is, his sin was that he failed to register as »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be filling in for Laura Ingraham on her radio show tomorrow. The program runs live from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some markets. Tomorrow’s guests will include Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida, former State Department Senior Adviser Christian Whiton, and David Horowitz. It will be interesting to get the first-hand story of the credit card companies shutting off donations to »

The Ellison enigma

Featured image The New York Times takes up the latest accusation of domestic abuse against Keith Ellison in “A Broken Relationship and Accusations of Emotional Abuse: The Case of Keith Ellison.” The Times assigned two reporters to the story. It comes under the bylines of Julie Turkewitz and Farah Stockman. They spoke to “more than a dozen people who knew the couple.” Note that Ellison declined a request for an interview by »

Monkey business [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Yesterday Paul covered the alleged scandal involving Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis. In the aftermath of his primary victory and now running against against black Democrat/socialist Andrew Gillum, DeSantis urged voters not to “monkey this up” (this being Florida’s economic success under Governor Rick Scott) by electing his far-left opponent. Democrats and their media adjunct are of course engaged in the usual monkey business, seeking to impute racial animus »

And Now For Something Completely Different: Sarah Sanders in Full

Featured image I think press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders may be my favorite person on Trump’s staff. I love they way she treats the White House press corps with such cool contempt, which is what they deserve. So it is a great delight to see the folks at Bad Lip Reading do their own rendition of Sanders in action that really does convey the effectual truth of the dynamic of the White »

Missing Elvis

Featured image Tiger Woods is in the news for refusing to disparage Donald Trump in response to questions posed to him after the final round of the Northern Trust about his relationship with him. This the left and its media adjunct cannot abide. Now Tiger can become the subject of CNN’s perpetual hatefest for a few hours this morning. Having answered the call to serve in the Army at the height of »

ESPN sacks Jemele Hill

Featured image Jemele Hill, the sports highlights presenter who fancies herself a political pundit, is finally out at ESPN. The network will buy out her contract, reportedly worth $2.5 million. Hill is best know for idiotically calling President Trump a “white supremacist.” Thereafter she continued to offer hack left-wing political commentary on Twitter, in violation of company policy. ESPN’s new president, Jimmy Pitaro, reportedly wants to get the network out of political »

Disgrace of the Star Tribune

Featured image The Star Tribune fancies itself the newspaper of the Twin Cities and certainly dominates metropolitan if not regional news coverage. Yet it is a pathetic simulacrum of a newspaper. Take Keith Ellison — please. He is a national figure running for Minnesota Attorney General. He is both the odds-on favorite to win the election — no Republican has won the office since 1966 — and manifestly unfit for the office. »

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 »

Lanny Davis anonymously

Featured image I first met Lanny Davis when he came up to Dartmouth, as I recall, in the spring of 1971. Lanny had come up to pitch students on the presidential campaign of Edmund Muskie. Lanny was the National Director of Youth Coalition for Muskie at the time. Judging by the turnout that night, it was a small coalition. He seemed like a decent guy. Even then I knew enough to keep »

Pecker emerges

Featured image My point, and I did have one, in placing the Michael Cohen plea agreement and related charges before readers here this morning, was to note “the trouble down the road for others,” as I put it. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that the the chief executive of the company that publishes the National Enquirer was granted immunity by federal prosecutors for providing information about Michael Cohen and Donald Trump »