Category: 2020 U.S. Election

Dying Wishes

I am the last person to go around denigrating a person’s dying wishes, let alone advising that anyone ignore or outright refuse to respect a person’s dying wishes. As Milan Kundera says in his excellent musing on artistic intentions, Testaments Betrayed, if a farmer on his death bed tells his son not to cut down the old tree next to the house, we...

Round and Round

Within hours of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, the machinery of U.S. federal politics was churning on in all its glory — or rather, gory.  Mitch McConnell was insisting that the senate would vote on Trump’s nominee to replace Ginsburg, although he would of course do everything in his power to prevent the same thing from happening if a justice died so close to...

Motives

Bob Woodward, a man who has parlayed his role in the American Left’s great shining moment since the New Deal, namely Watergate, into a lifetime appointment as living embodiment of the Journalist as Hero fantasy, has a new book out, and — shockingly — it is about Donald Trump. This is Woodward’s modus operandi. Almost every election season, he has a new book,...

When Progressives Argue

Donald Trump, most of whose likely voters are the sort of people who act outraged every time a progressive dares to question the saintly perfection of the United States military, or any individual member of that military, has allegedly called fallen soldiers “losers” and “suckers.” If he really said it, which I do not doubt, since Trump has probably called everyone outside of...

If I Were an American Progressive…

If I were an American progressive, I would be angry as hell at the Democratic Party’s decision to do to my movement — the party’s true grassroots — what the Republicans have done for decades to constitutional conservatives, namely tell us to cool our heels at the back of the bus and not make too much noise during an election campaign. If I...

Trump Has Caused Over 186,000 American Deaths

No, don’t worry, I am not crazy. But Maria Cardona is! Ms. Cardona is the author of a screed entitled “A Trump victory promises 4 more years of American carnage,” which a supposedly mainstream quasi-news outlet called The Hill saw fit to publish under the label “Opinion.”  In case you are wondering where Cardona’s numbers come from — as if you couldn’t guess...

Welcome to Trumpoholics Anonymous

Every smoker tells himself he will quit — but “not right now,” when he has so much stress to deal with in his life. Every drinker says, “I know I have to cut back, and I will — after I get through this divorce / get over this problem with my boss / survive my exams.” Everyone taking antidepressants insists he will reduce...

Get All Your DNC News…Somewhere Else

If you feel yourself caring a little about what Michelle Obama is going to say at the Democratic National Convention, go for a long walk, preferably somewhere with trees and birds. If you are committed to watching Kamala Harris’ speech for evidence of race politics, or Joe Biden’s speech for evidence of dementia, ask yourself why — and then watch a classic Hollywood...

More Social Distancing, Please

Defying all the skeptics who thought Joe Biden had actually forgotten to choose a running mate, he has brilliantly chosen the woman who stood on a primary debate stage and implied he was a racist old white man who tried to protect segregation. No surprise there, of course. Biden had to choose a black woman, because those are the rules today; and every...