US Politics

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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The Politics of Protest

In an earlier post, I supported the NFL “kneelers” protests as justified and appropriate. But I didn’t deal with a very important relevant issue: the political consequences of the protests. David Leonhardt took up that issue in his op-ed in ...

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Of Protest and Patriotism

You can never be sure with Trump. His attacks on African-American athletes certainly look like a calculated appeal to his base, who undoubtedly delight in seeing the President of the United States putting down uppity blacks. Or, they could simply ...

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The Problem is…

Here’s an interesting round of arguments. It started with political scientist Lee Drutman, who diagnoses American politics as afflicted with “doom-loop partisanship,” meaning essentially that the two sides of the partisan divide view each other with extreme distrust and hostility, ...

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The Democrats and the White Working Class

Labor Day weekend is an appropriate time to talk about the Democrats’ problem with the white working class (WWC). The problem, simply stated, is that the WWC, once strongly inclined to vote Democratic, now mostly votes Republican. The problem has ...

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Robert E. Trump

It has always been astounding to me that symbols of the Confederacy could enjoy any legitimacy whatsoever in American politics and society.   The Confederacy was, after all, a revolt against the United States of America. It was a revolt whose ...

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Tweet of the Day

From the Tweeter in Chief, around 5:30 AM this morning, just hours before firing Anthony Scaramucci as WH Communications Director: No WH chaos!” It’s not clear whether this was a claim as to fact (“There is no chaos at the ...

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Spectacle in DC

What has been happening on Capitol Hill over the past few days is crazy, sleazy and deplorable. Majority Leader McConnell has sought to pass several different versions of a bill that was drafted in secret by a small group of ...

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Trumpcare RIP

First, let’s be clear: “Trumpcare” is a misnomer for the awful legislative proposal that has just hit the dust. Beyond egging the Congressional Republicans on, Trump had nothing to do with their proposal: he hardly knew what was in it, ...

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