On the Mueller Hearings

There was no way that Robert Mueller was going to move the needle today on the issue of impeachment. If you went into the Mueller hearings--before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee immediately thereafter--favoring the impeachment and conviction of the worst president we have ever had and the worst person to ever …

Book Party Review–“Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump”

My tremendous jet-setting ways landed me at a book party this evening for Rick Reilly, the celebrated ESPN talent whose new book, Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump, has garnered significant amounts of attention and favorable reviews. I of course have not yet had time to read the book—having just purchased it this evening, …

And Now, a Hopefully-Not Ridiculously Quick Take on the Barr Letter about the Mueller Report

William Barr has released his summary of the Mueller report to Congress. The two big takeaways from the letter are as follows: Concerning the question on whether “the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” the Barr letter states (quoting …

A Ridiculously Quick Take on the Mueller Report

Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report has finally been released to the Department of Justice, and thus far, the item on which people are focusing the most is the apparent fact that Mueller has recommended no further indictments. This little bit of news has apparently caused “glee” in the White House, which believes that “this was a …

Of Course Trumpkins Are Latter-Day Chekists. Of Course They Are.

Since June 16, 2015, when Donald Trump announced for the presidency, America has been inundated with a veritable cascade of Trumpian awfulness. The outrageous behavior--consisting of multiple forms of bigotry, outright ignorance on the part of the president and his minions, complete incompetence, blatantly unpatriotic behavior and appalling corruption--has come to the public's attention at …

The Good and “You’ve Got to Be Kidding” of John Bolton

Now that John Bolton is going to be Donald Trump's third national security adviser in a little over a year(!), it behooves us to consider what we might expect during Bolton's tenure. The position of national security adviser is exceptionally influential--especially given the recent tendency over the span of several administrations to concentrate significant amounts …

Movie Review: “The Death of Stalin”

I suppose it is worth stating anew the observation and fact that few--if any--movies actually tell a historical tale in what can be called a faithful manner. Such is the case with The Death of Stalin, which, while unfaithful to historical facts, shows laudable fidelity to stating and underlining a higher truth: The so-called "leaders" …

Defining Deviancy Down

So, at the end of the 1986-1987 Supreme Court term, Associate Justice Lewis Powell decided to retire from the Court. Accordingly, Justice Powell submitted his resignation letter to President Reagan. The president nominated Judge Robert Bork to replace Powell. Bork got voted down 58-42 by the United States Senate, the first Senate rejection of a …

Donald Trump and the Lost (or Never Possessed) Art of the Deal

Because the incumbent president of the United States regularly inundates us with boasts about how he is supposedly a clever and masterful negotiator--notwithstanding the overwhelming amount of evidence suggesting that as with other claimed skills, the incumbent president of the United States suffers massively from a severe and pronounced case of the Dunning-Kruger effect when it comes …