Risible Quote of the Month

As long as I’m attorney general, the criminal justice system will not be used for partisan political ends.” –William Barr, explaining that no, he will not be investigating Obama and Biden for plotting to take down Donald Trump

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PS2 on Biden

With thanks to a reader, I’m passing on another excellent takedown of Tara Reade’s sexual assault accusation against Joe Biden.  It’s long and repeats some points we’ve  already seen,  but you should read it if you still need convincing.  In ...

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PS on Biden

If you’ve already read my post yesterday on the charge against Biden, I need to let you know that after writing it I came across this excellent article, which may be the best single compilation of all the reasons to ...

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The Charge Against Biden

This is what we know: Joe Biden has behaved inappropriately with women on a number of occasions.  We also know that one of those occasions almost certainly occurred with Tara Reade in 1993.  What we don’t know is whether whatever ...

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The Sources of Denialism

There used to be a time when non-negligible numbers of Republican politicians recognized the reality of climate change and the need for public policy to combat it.  That time is long past.  Today it’s very hard to find a Republican ...

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Democracy wins in Wisconsin

The Democratic challenger has defeated the incumbent Republican in an election for a seat on the Wisconsin State. Supreme Court.  This is big, great news, and it has national significance, for two reasons. First, Wisconsin is a critical swing state, ...

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How vulnerable is Biden?

Eons ago, when it looked like there was still a contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, I tackled the question of whether Biden or Sanders would be the stronger candidate.  I concluded in favor of the former.  One reader, however, ...

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Uniquely Unfit

At some point in this pandemic it will be possible, based on accumulated data to date, to estimate the cost in human lives of the weeks of indifference, denialism and delay displayed by the grotesquely inadequate man in the White ...

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Trump’s Choice

“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF” So says Donald Trump.  And, strictly speaking, it is a reasonable assertion.  Shutting down the US economy to deal with the virus means imposing a lot of hardship—psychological as ...

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Fauci on the Tightrope

Dr. Anthony Fauci has garnered a lot of hopeful admiration as the voice of science in an administration that disdains politically inconvenient facts, scientific or other.  The poor guy has to walk a tightrope.  He knows that the president of ...

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