US Politics

How is this liar different…?

Another post about Trump’s mendacity? Yes, another, and so I suppose I have to confess that I am a bit obsessed about this subject. Why? Trump is dangerous and destructive and ugly in so many ways; why is it that ...

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Out of Balance

The last I saw some 11 Democratic senators have called upon Al Franken to resign. I have already explained my opinion—which I see no reason to change—that he should not. (I do think that some kind of formal censure resolution ...

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Impeachment

Should Democrats be calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump? YES, for two reasons: First, impeachment is the right thing to do. Second, it is the politically smart thing to do. Impeachment is the right thing to do because the ...

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Mendacity or Delusion? (II)

Some recent statements reportedly made in private by Donald Trump have prompted renewed interest in a question I raised months ago: Is Trump just a bald-faced liar or does he actually believe some or many of the falsehoods that he ...

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Powerful Men Behaving Badly

So, it seems, men are pigs. Not all men, of course, but evidently a far larger percentage of our male population than I would have imagined just a short time ago. Hopefully, the revelations of the last couple of months ...

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After Virginia

The victory of Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia’s gubernatorial election this week was an important and necessary triumph for decency in American politics. Republican Ed Gillespie had run a Trumpist campaign of racial fear-mongering. Had he won, Republicans across the ...

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Short Takes

Two very good articles that appeared in the last few days take up themes I’ve addressed in past posts. Crazy Republicans–Longtime readers may recall that I devoted several posts to trying to understand the radicalization of the Republican Party over ...

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Mueller Strikes

I have mostly abstained from blogging on the Mueller investigation and the whole question of Trump campaign connections with the Kremlin, largely because from the beginning I have always been more impressed by what we don’t know than what we ...

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Enough, Already

Donald Trump is a narcissistic boor with a seriously impaired capacity for empathy with other human beings.  Those personality characteristics explain his tactless choice of language in his condolence call to the widow of the slain serviceman, David Johnson.  And ...

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Columbus Day

I’ve never been a believer in ethnic pride, so Columbus Day has never been a particularly important date for me. Nowadays, of course, Columbus has fallen into justified disrepute, his cruelties to the unfortunate inhabitants of the lands he “discovered” ...

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