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 …

When It Comes to Punishing Russia, Our Options Are Limited

I know that economic sanctions are everyone's favorite way to punish Russia, and I allow for the possibility that over time, sanctions may well take a significant bite out of the Russian economy. But at best, sanctions are an imperfect and crude tool with which to coerce any nation-state, and when it comes to coercing …

The State of Speechmaking about the State of the Union

Last night's State of the Union address was replete with platitudes, buzzwords, lame rhetorical tricks, and the same old same old. There was nothing, new, path-breaking or consequential that came out of it. Given former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's admission that President Obama "stopped trying to change Washington years ago," I suppose that none of …

In Which I Am Disappointed. Again. (China Policy Edition)

I had hoped that the Obama administration would put the kibosh on efforts on the part of the Chinese to expand their air defense zone. I had hoped that the administration would be both firm and adroit with the Chinese, and that the administration would cause the Chinese to believe that they could retreat from any …