Category: 2020 U.S. Election

“But Hillary!”

Today, the incarnate god of tens of millions of Americans who are allowed to vote spoke to his people from the throne room by way of retweeting this, from one of his most prominent legal advocates: President Trump @realDonaldTrump is a genuinely good man. He does not really like to fire people. I bet he dislikes putting people in jail, especially “Republicans.” He...

A Fair Question About The U.S. Election

Over the past couple of days, two longtime readers have expressed disagreement with me (as they see it) over the issue of whether the 2020 presidential election was “fair.” In one case, I was directly challenged to answer whether I personally believe it was a fair election, the presumption apparently being that my dismissal of Trump’s whining “case” for overturning the result implies...

Not Exactly Nostradamus, But…

Barely one day ago, I noted the impossible position the millions of Trump cultists and apologists are about to find themselves in, as the U.S. Supreme Court laughs at his Texas bootlickers’ groundless and frivolous “lawsuit” aimed at summarily overriding states’ rights and declaring Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 presidential election, against all available evidence to the contrary. As I noted...

Why Belonging to a Cult is Awkward

Donald Trump’s idolaters, along with his more circumspect apologists, have built the most plausible leg of their case in defense of the worst president in U.S. history on an argument that may be reduced — as indeed the cultists typically reduce it — to “But Gorsuch.” In other words, Trump’s greatness, or at least better-than-expected goodness, is nowhere more apparent, his defenders proclaim,...

Nothing Left to Lose: A Plea to Trump Followers

Early in the 2016 Republican primaries, when it became obvious that the GOP establishment was lining up behind Mitch McConnell’s anti-Tea-Party megadonor Donald Trump, I began shouting from the rooftops that Trump was the Republican establishment’s secret weapon to demolish the pesky but electorally-needed constitutional conservative faction of the party forever. (For my troubles, I lost my highest rooftop.) Mission accomplished. Not a...

Justice as Fairness

A thought for all of those demanding fairness in the U.S. election process, and perhaps feeling that their preferred candidate was treated unfairly on November 3rd. Here is my suggestion, offered sincerely, for making the current democratic election process in the United States as fair as it should be, as it was designed to be, and as it once was: Demand that every...

Opinions in Transition

Michelle Obama, I read in a headline today, says of the transition of presidential administrations, “This is not a game.”  This is important news, partly because many people apparently thought this was a game, but mainly because Michelle Obama is a deeply knowledgeable and experienced statesman who understands and profoundly respects the nature and traditions of republican government. Joe Biden, the U.S. President-Elect-by-Media-Pronouncement,...

Losing Ugly

John Bolton, a career bureaucratic climber who plays a tough guy on television, says that his old boss — to whom he sucked up on national television for months in the hopes of landing a glamourous administration job — has no “character.” Donald Trump, a career self-promoter and insecure child who plays a tough guy on television, says that his old national security...

The View from Above the Tribal Chanting

No, New York Times et al, the American news media — mainstream, alternative, or otherwise — has no role, duty, or constitutional right to declare, decide, or determine who won an election, i.e., who is the rightful leader of the country. A society in which a small group of private individuals or private organizations had the power to make such decisions or declarations...

Michelle Obama’s Permanent Waves

As you are perhaps aware by now, Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States who said during her husband’s election campaign that his rise to power constituted the first time she had ever felt proud of her country, has doubled down on that sentiment with her first statement (on Twitter, of course, where the world’s morons gather) on the election...