Category: Mona Charen
President Bill Clinton addresses the allegations over Monica Lewinsky, January 26, 1998. (Win McNamee/Reuters)Like Democrats in 1999, Republicans are now arguing that ‘everybody does it.’
Here’s a parlor trick: How many people can you name who were in favor of impeaching William J. Clinton and also favor impeaching Donald J.Read More
President Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., July 17, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)As evidence mounts, the GOP defense of Trump’s call is falling apart.
During the last impeachment, the Latin expression coitus interruptus got a workout. This time, it’s quid pro quo. Republicans lashed themselves to this mast when the White House’s own rough transcript of the Trump–Zelensky call was disclosed.Read More
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the One Iowa and GLAAD LGBTQ Presidential Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September 20, 2019. (Scott Morgan/Reuters)The Democratic candidate knows that stories of insurance being withdrawn are not illustrative examples of a serious problem.
If you want to run for office, political consultants will hammer away at one point: Tell stories. People respond to stories. We’ve been a story-telling species since our fur-clad ancestors gathered around campfires.Read More
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, October 10, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)Too often, there’s too little.
Donald Trump is testing whether he can claim immunity from the rule of law. That’s the plain meaning of the announcement that his administration will not cooperate in any way with the House impeachment inquiry.Read More
President Donald Trump at the White House, September 30, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters)Those surrounding Trump have taken to subterfuge but they do not protest loudly.
We’re all familiar by now with the reasons advanced for why elected Republicans shrivel like dry houseplants whenever they are asked to distance themselves from the president. They fear primary challengers. They dread his Twitter wrath. They like the judges. All true as far as it goes.Read More
President Donald Trump gestures to the news media as he returns to the White House, September 26, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)As a psychological matter, Trump may be sincere, in his way.
Speaking to the “enemies of the people” at the United Nations this week, President Trump demonstrated that he may not understand what corruption is. Seriously. Trump’s favorite gambit is to accuse others of what he himself has done — self-dealing, lying, sexual misconduct.Read More
Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks during a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on reparations for slavery on Capitol Hill, June 19, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)It divides Americans along racial lines, and within racial groups.
Three Democratic candidates for president — Julián Castro, Cory Booker, and Marianne Williamson — have declared support for the idea of slavery reparations. A number of others have said they’d vote for a bill sponsored by Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D.Read More
President Donald Trump walks with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)The president’s talk of American Jews’ ‘loyalty’ and interference in two congressional Democrats’ trip to Israel hurt the interests of the Jewish state.
President Trump has opined that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats (as 79 Read originalRead More
The Washington Monument seen through cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2019. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
I adore my hometown, a homey place called “Washington, D.C.”
The image of Washington as a cesspool of preening pretense is not completely libelous, but neither is it the whole story. You can live here and avoid all that. Among natives — and after 38 years, I think I almost qualify — weeks can go by without the subject of government even coming up.Read More
A protester carries an American flag during a march in Hong Kong, China, August 3, 2019. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)The protesters in the streets of Hong Kong have once again reminded us of the power of the U.S. example — even as our leaders seem less committed to it.
The protests in Hong Kong are heartbreaking to witness. I recall the gloom that accompanied the handover-of-sovereignty ceremony in 1997. Prince Charles was there. So was Tony Blair.Read More
(Unsplash)The city gets a bad rap from outsiders, but there’s really no better place to be.
I adore my hometown, a homey place called Washington, D.C.
The image of Washington as a cesspool of preening pretense is not completely libelous, but neither is it the whole story. You can live here and avoid all that. Among natives — and after 38 years, I think I qualify — weeks can go by without the subject of government even coming up.Read More
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