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We’re going to the Hamptons, baby!!!

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So did you ever watch the Seinfeld episode in which George Costanza lies to Susan’s parents, the Rosses, about owning a house in the Hamptons? Wacky hijinks ensue when Susan’s parents, who suspect that George is lying, insist that he show them the house.  Rather than simply owning up to his fib, George takes them […]

¡Alternative Foreign Policy Fact!

Michael Barone attempts to calm our tempers with a soothing lullaby of an argument.  Adopting a tone diametrically opposed to President Trump’s combative us vs. them rhetorical approach, Barone makes a clever (yet far from persuasive) argument that at the heart of Trump’s America First-ness is a healthy respect for our collective self that takes […]

Tweeting A Cancelled Meeting

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Trump’s tweet may have been casual bluster posted while sitting at the breakfast table (presumably eating Wheaties®—The Breakfast of Champions). We can’t know. And finally it matters not because what really matters is that it was taken at face value by President Peña Nieto.

Hey, thanks for not enslaving me…

Apparently Governor Paul LePage believes that (African-American) Rep. John Lewis owes a “simple thank you” to (white) Republicans of old for abolishing slavery.   It doesn’t require an especially uncharitable interpretation of the Governor’s words—especially given his track record on race—to read them as implying that rights are rightly understood as the property of whites to dispense—or […]

Oops. He’s doing it again.

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Eliminating the department would mean parceling out most of its activities to other federal agencies, a sleight of hand maneuver that might create the appearance of smaller government but would disrupt the ordinary operations of the federal government. 

Two million votes and counting, but look at all the states Trump won!

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Clinton’s popular lead over Trump (thus far) is two million plus and rising.   Let’s put that in perspective.  Consider the number of Clinton voters (rounded up to the nearest thousand) in the following eleven states.    Wyoming (57,000) Alaska (93,000) North Dakota (94,000) South Dakota (118,000) Montana (175,000) Vermont (179,000) West Virginia (188,000) Idaho (190,000) […]

Gratitude for the Art of Losing Graciously

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Democracy produces good rulers, right?  Sometimes.  What good democracies actually produce best is good losers. Let us then be grateful for gracious losers, for our losers no less than our winners carry forward the American experiment in self-rule.  

The Whitelash Backlash

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So what’s wrong with the Whitelash Backlash thesis?  Not everything, actually.  But plenty.

Team of rivals? Kitchen cabinet? Or Waylon Smithers clones?

The real model for Trump’s team is neither Abraham Lincoln nor Andrew Jackson but The Simpson’s Mr. Burns with a room full of Waylon Smithers-types.

A Second First Impression: Greetings!

In which I use a lot of words to say hello.

Donald Trump: Establishment Candidate

Trump And GOP Elephant

On Tuesday night the Establishment won and won yuge. (From new OTB contributor, Michael Bailey)