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Donald Trump Needs Not to Be President Yesterday

We’re done with the “Well, maybe it won’t be so bad and we should take what we can get” phase of this administration. It’s time for the “he’s a disaster and needs to go” phase. For everybody’s good, Donald Trump needs to not be president, and he needs to not be president yesterday. I say […]

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Notes on Our State of Emergency

Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, just declared a state of emergency for Charlottesville after violent battles between white nationalists and far-left “antifa” counter-protesters. I made it into town Saturday evening, and it certainly did look like a place in a state of emergency, though without any sign of the emergency itself. The streets were eerily empty […]

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Lost in the Monkey House

I’m going to ask you to bear with me while I tell a brief story that seems irrelevant but actually has a lot of application to our tumultuous politics, particularly after this past week. A while back—please don’t ask how—I happened to find myself watching an episode of the fashion-design competition show “Project Runway.” However […]

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Dear Trump Critics: This Is an OODA Loop, Please Get One

Our politics is settling down to into a distinct pattern. It goes like this. Donald Trump says or does something that ranges from the provocative, to the childish, to the utterly normal and unexceptional. The media and the opposition political party (but I repeat myself) then totally over-react and hyperventilate. They take something bad and […]

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Donald Trump Is Boring

There is a crisis in American politics. The crisis is that Donald Trump is boring. Normally, I wouldn’t mind a boring president. In fact, I prefer boring presidents. I like less drama, fewer scandals, and more focus on the issues—on actual legislative action and foreign policy decisions. But that’s not the good kind of boring […]

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Living in the World of Dynamite

Political violence has seemingly come back into fashion this year, in part because of the so-called “resistance” against President Trump—itself a metaphor for violent guerilla warfare, in the absence of an actual tyranny that requires resistance. But it’s not actual violence that is in vogue so much as fantasizing about violence. Just in the past […]

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You Can’t Buy an Election

Of course Jon Ossoff didn’t win yesterday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th district. Heck, it wasn’t even all that close. Karen Handel beat him 52% to 48%, a few points better than Donald Trump did in the same district. This was predictable. Ossoff was born in the sixth district, but he had lived an awful […]

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Fear and Loathing in Charlottesville

The fight over confederate statues in my hometown of Charlottesville has some of the fighters feeling pretty traumatized. Here is Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s Supreme Court commenter, who is also a local. My little city in central Virginia has become the stuff of reality TV…. Now, when we come to meet in our town square, we […]

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The Media Is Now Leaking Classified Information Just Because They Feel Like It

This morning, the New York Times brought us another breathtaking expose of classified national security information which is really important for the public to know because…um, well, because they just kind of felt like it. The story is about a contractor for an international shipping company who was captured and held hostage by rebels in […]

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Anti-Anti-Anti-Anti-Trump

I’ve changed my mind. For a while, I was anti-Trump. Then during the first days of the administration, I flirted with being anti-anti-Trump. Then for a while I was in the anti-anti-anti-Trump camp. But gosh darn it, I’m fed up with the anti-anti-anti-Trumpers, so now I’m anti-anti-anti-anti-Trump. So wait, where does that put me, exactly? […]

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