Other Commentaries

Criticism of Conway reveals double standard

CNN has grave concerns about White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway’s credibility and even refused to have her on its Sunday show recently, apparently to protect viewers from her Jedi mind trick powers. CNN subsequently invited Conway to appear on the network, infuriating a chorus of ...

The travel moratorium: A hopeless disaster

WASHINGTON — Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given ...

This is democracy in action

A crowd of a few dozen enthusiastic protesters stood in front of the federal building in the small upstate Pennsylvania community of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They carried signs and slogans mostly protesting Donald Trump and some purporting to welcome refugees to the tear soaked shores of the ...

The Right can’t defend Trump’s behavior

By now you may have noticed the difficulty many conservatives have defending everything President Trump does and says. I’m not just referring to the big policy moves, most of which conservatives can support fairly easily (so far). I mean the whole whiplash-inducing spectacle: The ...

The Great Manipulators at Time

Time magazine has singled out White House strategist Steve Bannon for its Darth Vader cover treatment. Shown is a picture of Bannon looking like a Marvel Comics villain and the title “The Great Manipulator.” Bannon dared to identify the liberal media as “the opposition party.” Time took ...

The North Korean red line

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Cold War was waged and won in many places, including this beach city, home to the RAND Corp. Created in 1948 to think about research and development as it effects military planning and procurement, RAND pioneered strategic thinking about nuclear weapons in the ...

Major media remain in denial

Since Donald Trump’s election, the major media have been trying to figure out what they did wrong, given their fawning coverage of Hillary Clinton and their anti-Donald Trump stories. Didn’t they help twice elect Barack Obama? Why didn’t the formula work this time? Mostly the media ...

Hail the Gender-Fluid Scouts?

The Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, used to be derided as a “traditional, values-based” organization, whose oath spoke of a “duty to God” and whose law insisted the Scouts be “reverent.” Now the BSA worships something else: corporate donations. It should have been expected ...

Trump Russia rhetoric throws U.S. under bus

Once again, President Trump has come to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defense by throwing America under the bus. In a pre-taped interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, aired on Super Bowl Sunday, Trump was asked to explain his respect for Putin. “He is the leader of his ...

Do we have a legitimate government?

Prior to last year’s election, supporters of Hillary Clinton worried that Donald Trump and his supporters might not accept Hillary Clinton’s victory as legitimate. It never occurred to them that the shoe might soon be on the other foot. Shortly after it became apparent that there would ...

The tables of transparency turn on the litigious Left

When Pope Francis visited America in 2015, one topic that seemed mandatory to address was the old scandal over priests found guilty of sexually abusing children. Despite more than a decade of reforms and a more liberal-pleasing pontiff, some activists never stopped bashing the Catholic ...

Be careful what you wish for

At the National Prayer Breakfast recently, President Trump promised to “totally destroy” the so-called “Johnson Amendment,” a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. Politifact.com gives the background ...

A modest proposal to solve inequality

WASHINGTON — Tight labor markets shrink income inequality by causing employers to bid up the price of scarce labor, so policymakers fretting about income inequality could give an epidemic disease a try. This might be a bit extreme but if increased equality is the goal, Stanford’s Walter ...

Trump 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 ...

Gorsuch is the anti-Trump

If President Donald Trump is a budding authoritarian, as his critics allege, one of the safeguards is Judge Neil Gorsuch. For all that Trump has flouted norms and gotten off to an at-times amateurish start in the White House, his pick of Gorsuch was extremely normal and highly professional. ...

Why high court nominations prompt warfare

After successfully delivering the secret knock and password, a beleaguered, unshaven older man walks into the bunker, stomping out the cold from his feet on the way in. He walks over to one of the garbage-can fires, where his younger yet battle-hardened comrades are gathered, strategizing ...

Russians under the bed

Are the Russians hiding under the bed?  It sounds like a question from the Joseph McCarthy hearings of the 1950s.  It is easily forgotten that Robert Kennedy and many other political household names got their start supporting anti-communism and Senator Joseph McCarthy.  One of the reasons ...

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, ...

Where Justice Scalia was wrong

WASHINGTON — With an asperity born of exasperation, Justice Antonin Scalia once wrote, “If you want aspirations, you can read the Declaration of Independence,” but “there is no such philosophizing in our Constitution,” which is “a practical and pragmatic charter of ...

Exposing Republican code-speak

In his first television interview since taking office, Vice President Mike Pence, with apparent sincerity, emphasized to “PBS NewsHour’s’’ Judy Woodruff just how committed he and the White House are to ‘’working right now with the Congress,’’ ‘’working very closely with ...