Law and Politics in a Post-Ginsburg World

I've criticized Donald Trump savagely and accurately, ever since he descended down his gold-plated escalator on June 16, 2015, announced his candidacy for president of the United States, and caused American politics and the state of our democracy to descend with him to subterranean levels. And I've criticized the Republican party savagely and accurately, ever …

Eric Posner and a Study of American Demagoguery

I am very pleased to have the unexpected and very welcome opportunity to work and write alongside some excellent folks at The Bulwark, which is doing the Lord's work in helping to create a decent and vibrant center-right movement--one that stands in opposition to the racist and white nationalist movement currently infesting the Republican party …

Brent Scowcroft and the Need for a Better Realist Theory of International Relations

I swear to goodness that I am not trying to turn all of my public writing spaces into All-Things-Scowcroftian-All-The-Time discussion locales, but the death of Brent Scowcroft caused me to go back to a 2005 article in the New Yorker written by Jeffrey Goldberg, that profiled Scowcroft in light of his dissent from the Bush …

BREAKING: National Security Advisers Have Views of Their Own

I am more than a bit confused by the claim that because Brent Scowcroft had opinions--strong opinions, even!--it meant that he didn't "follow 'the Scowcroft model.'" My confusion stems in significant part from the fact that I know of no one at all who claims (with a straight face, anyway) that the national security adviser to …

In Memoriam: Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (Ret.)

The administration of George Herbert Walker Bush featured, without a shadow of a doubt, the best foreign policy team of my lifetime, designing and implementing the best foreign policy initiatives and programs in my lifetime, and doing the very best job of any administration in my lifetime in terms of responding to historic changes and …

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 …