People Matter. Character Matters.

Ever since I stopped being a Republican--back in May, 2016, when it became clear that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee--whenever anyone asked me about my politics, I told them that I am a "right-of-center libertarian pragmatist." I continue to hold to that description, and to right-of-center libertarian/classical liberal principles. But the older I …

Stinking to High Heaven

Michael Flynn is an admitted felon. He pled guilty, and reiterated his guilty plea under oath--twice. He has served no time, he has paid no penalty and he has shown no remorse for his crimes against the nation--crimes that threatened to undermine American national security at the very highest levels. So of course he gets …

Make the Crazy Stop

My latest Bulwark piece discusses the welcome fact that Joe Biden does not seem hellbent on making others think that he is clinically insane; a welcome and stark contrast with the campaign of the incumbent president of the United States. Indeed, the refreshingly boring Biden campaign appears to be a harbinger of a refreshingly boring …

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 …

In Non-Shocking News, Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Has Encountered Still More Trouble

I will freely admit that despite all that has happened to her, Hillary Clinton remains in an enviable position relative to many of her rivals. I will also freely admit that the Clintons are remarkably good at surviving scandals that would destroy lesser politicians, so no matter how bad the news gets for them, their …

And Now, an Update from Hillary Clinton’s Disastrous Presidential Campaign

Donald Trump may be doing his best to make life miserable for Republicans, but that doesn't mean that Hillary Clinton has had an easy time of it recently. Quite the contrary; her campaign has been busy blundering from one disaster to the next. And now, Democrats--who must be watching the Clinton campaign with a sense …

The Biden Follies Continue

At best, the vice president of the United States is cleverly lulling his opponents into a state of complacency before dazzling them--and the rest of us--with wit, intelligence, adroitness and cunning we never thought he had in him. Or, you know, he could just be a bumbler of gargantuan proportions: Vice President Biden just capped off …

A Heartbeat Away

This is the part when I write "imagine if a Republican said something like this": Vice President Joe Biden drew fire from a prominent Jewish group on Tuesday after he described unscrupulous bankers who prey on servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks” — a term frequently condemned as an anti-Semitic caricature. “Shylock represents the medieval …

Everything Old Is New Again

The president who promised to get us out of Iraq--and keep us out--has decided that we need to go back into Iraq. My realist bent understands the reasons for our return, and my realpolitik leanings appreciate them, but of course, we have absolutely no idea when our how our involvement is going to end, what constitutes "victory" …

You Can Ask Me to Believe a Lot . . .

But I am afraid that you cannot ask me to believe that Hunter Biden, son of the Vice President of the United States, took a position with Ukraine's largest gas producer without White House knowledge and approval. And you certainly cannot ask me to believe that Bursima Holdings gave the job to Hunter Biden without …