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  • There Is No Return to Normalcy for 11/13/2020

    The day after the secretary of defense was fired is not a great time for the secretary of state to joke about a transition to a "second Trump administration." If he was, in fact, joking. I've had conversations in the past few days with people who disliked Trump enough to pull the lever for Biden but still believe that the Republican Party is sound and will snap back to normal now that Trump is defeated.Updated: Fri Nov 13, 2020 […]

  • Does This Election Tell Us Something About Men? for 11/05/2020

    As I write, the outcome of the 2020 presidential race remains in doubt, though it seems very likely that Joe Biden will squeeze out a victory. This is a stunning departure from the resounding repudiation of Donald Trump that we had been hoping for. Here are a few groggy, morning after reflections. 1) There is something wrong with polling in this country. Updated: Thu Nov 05, 2020 […]

  • Weak Excuses to Vote for Trump for 10/29/2020

    "Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal." — Robert Heinlein Among many lessons learned over the last excruciating four years is this: Partisanship is a more potent drug than heroin. I consider myself to be in recovery but by no means cured. After decades of Republican loyalty, I now devoutly desire a Republican loss.Updated: Thu Oct 29, 2020 […]

  • Don't Let Trump Discredit Patriotism for 10/22/2020

    Donald Trump has a documented history of driving Americans away from the policies he favors. This is both good and bad. As Catherine Rampell noted, the president has moved American public opinion toward greater approval of immigration. The percentage of Americans who said that immigration is good for the country bounced around in the 50s and 60s in the first decade and a half of this century. But since 2016, the trend has been up sharply. In 2020, 77% of Americans told Gallup that they think immigration is good for the country. Similarly, the percentage who believe that accepting refugees fleeing war or persecution should be a priority has increased from 62% in 2016 to 73% in 2019. Updated: Thu Oct 22, 2020 […]

  • Breaking News: Not Everything Is Terrible for 10/15/2020

    We devote a lot of mental energy to things that are going wrong or could go wrong. It's human nature. As the sociobiologists teach us, our ancestors were not the ones who heard a rustling in the grass and figured, "Eh, it's probably nothing." We are descended from the ones who said: "What the hell was that? Could be a cobra. Better run the other way." Vigilance is our default mode. But seven months after the start of this plague, we shouldn't lose sight of the things that went more right than we expected. Updated: Thu Oct 15, 2020 […]

  • Trump's Republican Party for 10/08/2020

    Kelly Loeffler looked like a standard-issue Republican when she was appointed senator from Georgia in December 2019. She came from a super-rich family (like plenty of Democrats as well), she was pro-gun, anti-immigration and pro-business. Originally pro-choice, her position on abortion evolved in time for her to be accepted by pro-life gatekeepers. Once in Washington, D.C., though, Loeffler quickly got with the program. She described the impeachment of the president as a "circus" and lambasted Mitt Romney for even voting to call witnesses, whom she was sure would "slander @realDonald Trump." Now, she's encouraging hero worship of Trump, tweeting: "COVID stood NO chance against @realDonaldTrump."Updated: Thu Oct 08, 2020 […]

  • The World's Brokest Billionaire for 10/01/2020

    Seated at the breakfast table, scanning The New York Times story on Trump's taxes, I said to my husband, "We have a greater net worth than Donald Trump." He knitted his brow. I was thinking of a story that Ivanka Trump shared a while back: Updated: Thu Oct 01, 2020 […]

  • It's Not About Principles for 09/24/2020

    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them, I have others." — Groucho Marx Senator Mitch McConnell, seeking a new fig leaf to disguise the spectacle of hypocrisy that Republicans are presenting regarding the "advice and consent" clause, is sputtering that there really is a principle involved and there is no inconsistency. In order to reach that conclusion, you must contort yourself into a pretzel, so limber up.Updated: Thu Sep 24, 2020 […]

  • Flight 93 Forever for 09/18/2020

    Danielle Pletka, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has announced that while she never considered voting for Donald Trump in 2016, she may well do so this year. She is being driven to this extremity, she says, by the "hard left ideologues" of the Democratic Party. Judging by chatter on the right, this rationalization — so redolent of the Flight 93 argument from 2016 — is somewhat popular. So, let's take a closer look.Updated: Fri Sep 18, 2020 […]

  • Who Will Speak for the Uighurs? for 09/10/2020

    According to John Bolton, when Xi Jinping told Donald Trump that he was putting Uighurs in camps, Trump said he was doing "exactly the right thing." Of course, Xi's depiction was pure agitprop. China is not targeting Uighurs who have shown terrorist tendencies, it is crushing an entire ethno/religious minority in brutal fashion. Even if he only selectively scans newspapers looking for mentions of his own name, Trump must have been told this at some point during a briefing. Then again, he has a tendency to believe strong men more than American officials. This drone footage showing hundreds of blindfolded and shackled Uighur men being boarded onto trains is reminiscent of World War II. The so-called reeducation camps are, in reality, concentration camps, holding up to a million men, women and children. Last week, Chinese officials brazenly insisted that these camps are "vocational education schools," no different from those in western nations. Except for all that barbed wire, those guard towers and the massive concrete walls. The Uighurs' supposed "terrorist" activities? Praying at the mosque too often. Refusing to watch state television. Growing a beard. Simply being a minority (ethnic Kazakhs are also targeted). While imprisoned, the Economist reports, inmates are forced to "criticize Islam, shave off their beards, eat pork, speak Mandarin instead of their own Turkic tongues and praise Mr. Xi." Escapees tell of mistreatment, beatings and torture. Now comes news that in addition to all of the above, China is engaged in a policy of forced abortion and sterilization against Uighur women. A Uighur doctor who escaped to Turkey told iTV that she had performed up to 600 forced abortions and removal of wombs. In one case, she said, the baby was still moving when it was dropped in the trash. The policy is working. The Han Chinese population of Xinjiang province is growing, while the Uighur birthrate has plummeted by 60%. Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020 […]

  • Broken Windows Presidency for 09/04/2020

    President Donald Trump is a broken windows president. Let me explain. In 1982, the Atlantic published an article that became legendary in conservative circles. Authored by George Kelling and the late James Q. Wilson, "Broken Windows" argued for better community policing. Police walking a beat, they urged, tended to reduce the quality of life crimes that degrade city life — public urination, aggressive panhandling, turnstile jumping. "Disorder and crime are usually inextricably linked," they wrote, "if a window in a building is broken and is left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon be broken."Updated: Fri Sep 04, 2020 […]

  • Why This Pro-Life Conservative Is Voting for Biden for 08/28/2020

    Since I announced publicly that I will be voting for Joe Biden in November, I've received a few communications from puzzled readers. "How can you, a supposedly pro-life woman, support someone who believes in killing babies?" I will try to respond for the sake of those who, like me, find themselves alienated from the Republican Party despite some policy agreements with the Trump administration.Updated: Fri Aug 28, 2020 […]

  • The American Dream Is Not Dead for 08/21/2020

    The Biden campaign deserves praise for introducing, at the Democratic National Convention, something we haven't seen a lot of lately — smiles. They've showcased grins and joyful, dancing eyes on the faces of all sorts of Americans. Sure, it's corny. I don't care. I almost want to shout: "That! I'll vote for that." Enough of snarls, insults, denigration and lies. Please just lift this pall of poisonous hatred. That's 80% of what I want. Of course, we didn't arrive at this moment of bitter polarization overnight, and we won't be able to transcend it with one election. But the Biden team seems to be betting that many of us are yearning for a giant step toward decency.Updated: Fri Aug 21, 2020 […]

  • Quazy for QAnon for 08/14/2020

    "I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration ... to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids." — Air Force Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper, "Dr. Strangelove" In the 1964 black comedy "Dr. Strangelove," the above words are spoken by a general who is about to start World War III. His theory about the contamination of "precious bodily fluids" is the tipoff for poor Group Captain Lionel Mandrake that the general has gone certifiably cuckoo.Updated: Fri Aug 14, 2020 […]

  • Biden Needs a Safe Choice for VP for 08/07/2020

    Political pledges often cause headaches. On election night in 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt told reporters, "Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for or accept another nomination." He regretted it almost immediately. Later, he would say, "I would be willing to cut off my hand if I could call back that statement." In 1988, accepting the Republican nomination for the presidency, George H. W. Bush pledged "no new taxes." Bush did wind up agreeing to raise taxes. It may have been the right governing choice, but because he had pledged in such memorable terms not to do it, he stirred a profound sense of betrayal among Republicans and encouraged cynicism about politicians in general.Updated: Fri Aug 07, 2020 […]