Category: Jonah Goldberg

Inconvenient Evidence Puts GOP Senators on the Spot in Impeachment Trial

Lev Parnas exits after a bail hearing at the Manhattan Federal Court in New York, December 17, 2019. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)With articles of impeachment delivered and the trial set to start, Republicans in the upper chamber can no longer hedge by claiming ignorance of the facts.

President Donald J. Trump was impeached on Thursday.

I know that he was technically impeached when the House voted to do so in December.

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The Democrats Have Had This Primary Before

Joe Biden walks with supporters at a pre-Wing Ding march from Molly McGowan Park in Clear Lake, Iowa, August 9, 2019. (Gage Skidmore)The problem with campaigning on electability is that it’s a brittle rationale for a candidacy compared with organic support from the grassroots.

As of this writing, the Democratic presidential contest looks very fluid, with four candidates bunched up in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Get Ready for a Nasty 2020 Presidential Campaign

President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally in Bossier City, La., November 14, 2019. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)It will be even uglier than the 2016 contest.

Here’s a fun New Year’s prediction for you: The 2020 presidential campaign will be even uglier than the 2016 contest.

In part, that’s due to President Trump’s incumbency. In 2016, Trump almost surely did not think he’d win. Throughout his campaign, he would drop hints about an “exit strategy.

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If This Has Been Super-Decade, Why Are We Still so Angry?

Workers unload the numerals 2 and 0 for News Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square, December 11, 2019. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)We have one ‘change’ election after another, driven by voters who don’t really know what they want beyond ‘not this.’

There is a strong case to be made that things are getting better.

In 2010, Matt Ridley made the case in The Rational Optimist that things were better than they appeared.

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A Country of Two Minority Parties

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Capitol Hill in 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)One reason our politics are so chaotic is that neither Democrats nor Republicans can seem to govern as a majority party.

Here’s a theory for why our politics are so confusing these days: Neither party wants to be a majority party.

From an ideological perspective, majority parties are, by nature, weird.

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It’s a Mistake for Democrats to Rush the Impeachment Process

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff addresses reporters ahead of a committee vote on its findings in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, December 3, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)Their belief that they’ve finally got Trump dead to rights doesn’t absolve them of the responsibility of going through all of the motions to prove their good faith.

‘The test of a first-rate intelligence,” F.

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