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…