Category: Administration

Does Trump Remember Mosul?

During the campaign, including in one of the debates, Donald Trump was highly critical of the U.S. role in the efforts to capture Mosul from ISIL. He expressed dismay that we had advertised our intent to liberate the city. Once…

We Can’t Have Four Years of This

Media criticism is a huge part of my job and I’ll always find things to fault in how the media covers our politics and our politicians. I do not believe, however, that the media went easy on Donald Trump during…

The Emperor is Actually Crazy

It wasn’t too hard to find a list of crazy things that Caligula did when he was in charge of the Roman Empire in the 1st Century. You can probably guess why I went searching for such a thing, since…

Sean Spicer Introduces Two New Crazy Ideas

During today’s White House press conference held by newly-minted press secretary Sean Spicer, two new ideas were unfurled on an unsuspecting American public. The first is that a belief you have held for a while (#abeliefIhaveheldforawhile) has some kind of…

Sen. Tom Cotton’s Double Standard on Nominees

On inauguration day, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas released an intemperate statement to the press: “Hundreds of thousands of Americans are in Washington this weekend at a designated special national-security event, yet the Democrats are obstructing the nomination of Mike…

Trump Cannot Do This Job

I don’t understand how Trumpism is supposed to work. I certainly see the appeal of a populist movement that leans heavily to the right while still being heavily critical of orthodox conservatism. I can envision a strategy that eschews governing…

The Pussy Hat Revolution is Hitting Philly

Here’s what the Malvern, Pennsylvania train station looked like shortly before 9:00am this morning, as an estrogen-fueled army prepared to descend on Philadelphia and rage against the Trump presidency. Reports are that the train was jam-packed by the Berwyn stop,…

Empty Trump Cabinet is a Good Thing

There’s obviously a risk that the understaffed Trump administration will drop the ball on something. We all remember how the Bush administration resisted taking the threat of al-Qaeda seriously, and also (though they had plenty of time to prepare for…