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Eighteen Years of Blogging

Some reflections

Trump Trial Fallout: Who Knows?

Early analysis merely confirms analysts’ priors.

Republican Leadership Face Tests with Cheney and Greene

Mitch McConnell is testing out his spine again.

The Leaderless GOP

The Republican Party is not really a thing.

Ousting Trump Early Incredibly Unlikely

The President of the United States is a national security threat. Can we get rid of him now?

The Flynn Pardon

Perhaps the most normal thing President Trump has done.

Against Packing the Supreme Court

Legitimacy hangs in the balance.

John Lewis Dead at 80

A civil rights legend has passed.

Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Sentence

A shocking and yet completely unsurprising development.

Biden’s Veep Search

Every Democratic woman seems to be under consideration.

President Trump Arrives on Capitol Hill President Donald J. Trump arrives on Capitol Hill to attend a Senate Republican policy luncheon Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) President Trump Arrives on Capitol Hill President Donald J. Trump arrives on Capitol Hill to attend a Senate Republican policy luncheon Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Trump’s Purging Pentagon of Perceived Enemies?

Presidents have appointed loyalists since time immemorial. Has this one gone too far?

Obama the Elder Statesman

The 58-year-old may have a post-presidency unmatched in history.

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and Attorney General William Barr, displays his signature after signing an Executive Order to Prevent Hoarding and Price Gouging, Monday, March 23, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Donald J. Trump, joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and Attorney General William Barr, displays his signature after signing an Executive Order to Prevent Hoarding and Price Gouging, Monday, March 23, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Trump Approval Up During Crisis

The President seems to be enjoying a mild rally effect.

Trump Cutting NSC Back for Wrong Reasons

A smaller staff is arguably a good idea. But not this way.

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Analysis vs Advocacy

A recurring source of friction in the OTB conversation.

Did Taxpayers Spend $3.4 Million for Trump Super Bowl Party?

The real scandal isn’t the price tag but the beneficiary.

Senate Republicans Think Trump Guilty, Shouldn’t Be Removed

A binary choice will produce a worse outcome than necessary.

What if November’s Loser Refuses to Concede?

There’s a very real possibility the legitimacy of the 2020 election will be contested.

Trump May Be Even Less Popular than it Seems

The 45th President polls worse than other prominent Republicans.

The Childlike Foreign Policy Stylings of Donald J. Trump

A bold new plan for security in the Middle East.

Democratic Primary Reset?

The 2016 frontrunners at this stage won their nominations easily. But that’s often not the case.

Trump And The Judiciary

In just three years in office, Donald Trump has succeeded in taking huge steps in transforming the judiciary for decades to come.

Federal Court Rules Against White House On Witness Subpoenas

A Federal Judge in Washington, D.C. has ruled against the Trump Administration’s latest effort to stonewall Congressional inquiries.

William Barr Is Exactly The Kind Of Attorney General Trump Always Wanted

Late last week, Attorney General William Barr demonstrated quite aptly the extent to which he has become just another Trump loyalist.

Mark Sanford Drops Challenge For Republican Nomination

After just two months, Mark Sanford is dropping his challenge to the incumbent President.

No, Trump’s Courting of Senators isn’t ‘Bribery’

The President is committing enough high crimes and misdemeanors without us manufacturing them.

Another Top Republican Abandons The Sinking Ship Of Trump’s GOP

Greg Mankiw, an economist who served as a top adviser to Mitt Romney and George W. Bush, is officially no longer a Republican

Trump’s World Series Trip Greeted By Boos and Chants Of “Lock Him Up!”

It wasn’t exactly a warm reception for President Trump at last night’s World Series Game Five.

Trump’s Lies Continue To Mount

As he reaches his 1,000th day in office, Trump’s lies pile up at an astronomical rate.

Democrats and Republican Converts

It’s not the responsibility of the opposition party to make up for Donald Trump.

The End of Consensus

A conservative columnist argues the legitimacy of our system is in question.

The Post-Trump GOP Will Not Go Back To ‘Normal’

Contrary to the hopes of some, getting rid of Trump isn’t going to purge the GOP of Trumpism.

Yes, More Problematic Communications from Trump

Not surprisingly, there are other phone call transcripts and other communications that further complicate Trump’s position.

Hunter Biden’s Socially Acceptable Corruption

The real crime is what’s legal.

Trump, Ukraine, and Biden

What we know for sure.

Mark Sanford Enters GOP Race Against Trump

Former Republican Congressman and Governor Mark Sanford is running for President.

Robert Mugabe, Independence Leader Who Sent His Nation To Disaster, Dead At 95

Robert Mugabe led a nation to independence only to become a dictator who destroyed its economy, has died at the age of 95.

Americans Find Trump’s Rhetoric Racist, But He Doesn’t Care

Even a Fox News poll finds that the American public finds the President’s recent rhetoric to be racist. There’s a different picture when you look at his supporters, though.

Mueller Doesn’t Deliver

Everything you always wanted in a hearing. And less.

Congress And The Country Prepare For Mueller Time

On Wednesday, much of official Washington, and likely a good part of the country itself, will pause to watch what are likely to biggest hearings since the late 1980s.

Should NeverTrumpers Become Democrats?

A considerable number of Republican have effectively left our party over Donald Trump. Should we go all the way?

Robert Mueller Declines To Clear Trump

For the first time since being appointed Special Counsel, Robert Mueller spoke to the media regarding his report on the Russia investigation. The news was not good for the President.

Can the Constitution Handle Trump?

The President is systematically defying Congress. Whatever can be done about that?

Trump Emoluments Suit Moves Forward

200-odd Congressional Democrats are taking an odd route to go after corruption.

Trump Could Win Re-Election

Larry Sabato lays out a quite plausible path.

Pelosi Demands Open Release of Mueller Report

The Speaker says she will reject any attempt to deliver it in a “highly classified” manner.

Trump Declares ‘National Emergency’ At Border, Admits “I Didn’t Need To Do This”

President Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border while at the same time undercutting his own case for doing so.

Lyndon LaRouche, Conspiracy Kook And Perennial Presidential Candidate, Dies At 96

Lyndon LaRouche, an eight-time Presidential candidate who ran a cult-like organization that spread bizarre conspiracy theories, has died at 96.

Larry Hogan As A 2020 GOP Challenger To Trump?

Could Maryland Governor Larry Hogan be just the kind of Republican to challenge Trump in 2020?