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 …

“This Deal Is Getting Worse All the Time”

The tentative nuclear agreement with Iran was initially hailed as a triumph of diplomacy on the part of the Obama administration. But the more one examines the deal, the more one ought to be concerned about its terms. For starters, it is worth noting that no less than the president of the United States has …

Purges Are Destructive Things

Many a time, I have complained about Tea Party efforts to get rid of Republican representatives and senators who are subjectively deemed to be disloyal to the right-of-center cause, even when those efforts end up throwing congressional seats to Democrats. As I have often said, only winners can afford to purge their ranks. Losers cannot. …

James Baker Advises the Republican Party

I am sure that the following is anathema to those who prefer ideological purity in the Republican party to the actual winning of elections--and to the ability to use election victories in order to claim a mandate to change policy for the better--but I happen to be enough of a heterodox thinker to believe that …