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#MeToo: Hillary and Monica Edition for 03/15/2018

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — There is a growing debate on the left over whose side to take in the simmering controversy between Monica Lewinsky and former President Bill Clinton or the Clintons, depending on how long Hillary Clinton remains loyal to Bill, or, come to think of it, how long Bill remains loyal to Hillary. Truth be known, she might be in even hotter water than Bill at this moment.

Evidence of the looming Lewinsky-Clinton controversy appeared once again in the pages of The Wall Street Journal last week, where Abbey Ellin filed a column titled "The Clintons Owe Monica an Apology." The controversy heated up four days later when Brian Kent of Tulsa, Oklahoma, published a letter in the Journal's correspondence section under the headline "If Bill Apologizes to Monica, It Should Be a Private Act." I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

Updated: Thu Mar 15, 2018

Donald Trump and Free Trade for 03/08/2018

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has had a splendid first year in office. He has the economy moving again, and at a healthy pace, 2.6 percent in the most recent quarter. Unemployment is down; the stock market is up; and the economic signs are mostly healthy. Well, that is until last week for the stock market. That was the week during which the president announced his intention to slap a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. The market tanked, and more problems are said to be coming internationally. It appears the world does not favor President Trump's threat of high tariffs.

Now, it's possible he is just trying to shake things up. He has done marvels by shaking things up in other sectors during his brief presidency. Maybe in international trade he is simply positioning himself to cut a deal, say, with China or Canada. Canada is the No. 1 exporter of steel to the United States.

But it is said that he wants to help the steelworkers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He cares for them as he cares for coal miners in West Virginia. I think he is sincere. But by raising tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, he might help workers in those industries in the short term and will certainly hurt other Americans, specifically, as many as 5 million in manufacturing and related industries. In fact, his gesture will hurt workers and consumers in all walks of American life. His tariff policies will endanger our economic growth. His gesture against free trade will hurt the majority of Americans, a majority he will need in 2018 and 2020.

Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2018

Me and My Garbage Man for 03/01/2018

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — It has been at least 10 years since I stopped by American conservatism's largest and gaudiest national jamboree, the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. I used to attend it annually, but somehow, it lost its allure about 15 years ago, at least for me. Would this year be different? What would President Donald Trump's influence on it be?

Above all, what about last year's Man of the Moment, or at least last year's Conservative of the Moment, Steve Bannon? Well, when I arrived at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, where CPAC was held, I saw no garbage truck parked out in front. So, if Bannon was there, he was traveling incognito. I am told that, as recently as a week or so ago, when he appeared on Capitol Hill to testify before a congressional panel and suggest conservatism's future, he arrived in a chauffeur-driven garbage truck and left it right there in front of the Capitol. I saw pictures of him wearing his trademark garbage collector's coat and an open-necked shirt as he walked the halls of Congress. He was apparently still attracting vast attention in his role as Washington's resident rastaquouere, but that was then. This was a week later, and things are moving fast in modern conservatism.

Updated: Thu Mar 01, 2018

Professor Amy Wax and the Brownshirts on Campus for 02/22/2018

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Washington — Recently, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in league with a professor at the University of San Diego School of Law made bold to write an essay for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her name is Amy Wax, and I have no idea what her politics might be. That she has gained tenure at Penn suggests she is a liberal, but that is about all I know about her. If she were teaching when I was in college back in the 1960s, she almost certainly would have been a liberal. There were very few conservatives back then.

What I can tell you is that she is in very hot water with vociferous students on campus and her colleagues on the faculty. There have been demands that she shut down and ship out. In fact, she says the dean of her school asked her to take a leave of absence next year and stop teaching a class to first-year students, who are presumably still very impressionable. She says he explained that he was under "pressure" to oust her. When she objected, he explained that he is a "pluralistic dean" who has to accommodate "all sides," though, apparently, not her side.

Updated: Thu Feb 22, 2018

Following the Clintons' Final Con for 02/15/2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — For years, I have been saying that the Clintons lie when they do not have to, and that they tell a gigantic whopper when a little white lie would be perfectly adequate. This time-honored observation explains many of their past run-ins with the law.

Now, in the lurid aftermath of Hillary Clinton's surprising defeat by Donald Trump, we see a variation of my observation playing itself out. Eventually, it will probably land some of Clinton's associates in jail; it will possibly snag even her. In 2016, despite being well ahead in the polls, the Clintons committed various misdemeanors when they did not have to, and they and their associates committed obvious felonies when simple misdemeanors would have been perfectly adequate.

Updated: Thu Feb 15, 2018

Pope Francis Falls Behind the Episcopalians for 02/08/2018

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — I have never met the Pope, but I have followed his activities sedulously, as might be expected of a Roman Catholic. Pope Francis is an agent for change in his 2,000-year-old church, change in what Catholics believe and change in how they worship. Notwithstanding my never having met him, my guess is that he was a bit embarrassed by a decision announced recently by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. The Episcopalians got the jump on him in the realm of change.

The diocese recently resolved to eliminate all references to God's gender whenever possible. What is more, churchgoers of Washington National Cathedral — an Episcopal place of worship — will no longer be defined by their biological gender. Thus, men who claim to be more comfortable as women can attend women's Bible class, and I presume they can use the women's restroom. The same holds for women who are uncomfortable being designated as women. This change for "transgender" men and "transgender" women will come as no surprise to modern Americans, though how this "gender-neutral" language will go down with God is another matter. For thousands of years, He never seemed to mind being addressed as a male, to be specific as a Father.

Updated: Thu Feb 08, 2018

Fun and Exercise With the Clintons for 02/01/2018

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — "Scandalous" — that is the name that Fox News Channel has chosen for a multipart documentary it is airing on Sunday evenings. If you missed it this week, watch it in the weeks to come. It promises a lot of har-hars.

The documentary covers the presidency of ... who else? Well, with a title such as "Scandalous," it could cover the presidency of Warren Harding. But instead it deals with the presidency of that modern-day Warren Harding, Bill Clinton — and his lovely wife, Bruno. It begins with the Whitewater scandal. Now it is covering Troopergate, by which I mean the scandal involving The American Spectator's unmasking of "Paula." That is to say Paula Corbin Jones, one of a long line of women suffering the unwanted attentions of Clinton. Fox's treatment of "Paula" is not without its errors.

Updated: Thu Feb 01, 2018

The Democratic Party of Today for 01/25/2018

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — As the Democrats grow increasingly ravenous to have a shot at the presidency of Donald Trump, they are beginning to train their guns on the frontrunners for the nomination. That means they are contemplating finishing off Sen. Elizabeth Warren long before 2020. They are taking aim at her claim to being a Native American maiden, though Trump has the best line on her. He calls her "Pocahontas." If she ever gets to debate him, that ought to be the end of our modern-day Sitting Bull.

Poof. By then, the president ought to be able to calculate how much money she, in her false claim, has bilked various universities and government organizations. He ought to be able to nail the universities — most recently, Harvard University — for their cheap claim of filling an affirmative action slot with Pocahontas. And he ought to be able to accuse Sen. Warren of professional fraud. I think it will be that easy to blow her away.

Updated: Thu Jan 25, 2018

Good News Vs. Private Conversations for 01/18/2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — Last week the headlines should have abounded with the year's good news. It was the economy: gross domestic product was up some 3 percent and, for the last quarter, nearly 4 percent; unemployment was down to a 17-year low, with black unemployment at the lowest level since such statistics were compiled. The stock market was soaring, up some 40 percent since Donald Trump was elected, and inflation was low. It was the best Christmas season in years. President Trump has — true to his word — presided over a genuine economic recovery, as opposed to President Barack Obama's eight years of stunted recovery — what the pessimists called the "New Normal."

Instead, the headlines — and the cable news stories — abounded with a private remark made by our president — or, perhaps, not made by our president; he denies making it. In a White House meeting on immigration, he allegedly used the word "s—-hole" to refer to various African countries, a Central American country and Haiti. These countries are generally characterized by tyranny, corruption and violence. If one refers to them as "hellholes," it usually attracts no opprobrium, though now it might attract feigned outrage by left-wing opportunists, for they have called the offending remark "racist." Actually, race has nothing to do with the countries' obvious shortcomings.

Updated: Thu Jan 18, 2018

Mr. President, Put Up that Wall for 01/11/2018

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — Of all the Judeo-Christian virtues, the one that utterly baffles me is humility. I mean, what is in it for me? In observing our 45th president the past year or so, I believe he, too, shares my skepticism of humility. Charity? Sure. Kindness? But of course. But humility ? I cannot see any benefit for me in practicing humility, and I am pretty sure Donald Trump thinks similarly. In fact, I dare say he has never even tried practicing humility. I certainly have not. Nor have I tried Chinese cuisine, which, by the way, has no known dessert.

Over the past few days, I have watched our president respond to calumnies directed at him by a past employee who, while in the White House, dressed like a garbage man, and a glabrous hoaxer who has already admitted that his rude book about the Trump administration abounds with falsehoods. Yet he published it anyway.

Updated: Thu Jan 11, 2018

We Have Lost a Friend for 01/04/2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — My friend and colleague Donald Rieck, president of The American Spectator Foundation, died late last week in an automobile accident. He leaves two charming and very young children. He also leaves many friends throughout the conservative movement and shocked colleagues at The American Spectator. He was 50 years old.

Don was, as Roger Kaplan chronicled in his Spectator obituary: "A force to be reckoned with. Burly, direct, always busy, he was the kind of man who let you know he wanted whatever he asked for yesterday, even if he had not mentioned it to you yet, and yet you never thought he was putting pressure on you he was not putting on himself and above all, you knew, with Don, whatever the stress and strain, you were in this together, the glory of our cause and the success of our magazine."

Updated: Thu Jan 04, 2018

Donald Trump's Very Good Year for 12/28/2017

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

NAPLES — Here I am in Naples, Florida, ending the year in the sun coterminous with a golf course. I, of course, will not indulge in the sport, for I find it too leisurely. Actually, I do not even consider it a sport. I am in agreement with my old friend, the great basketball coach Bob Knight. A true sport demands conditioning, applied strength, speed and, of course, art. Golf involves only art. In fact, when strength and conditioning are demanded, most golfers take to their golf carts. Golf is as much a sport as bowling or billiards or canasta. So I shall continue to desist from golf here in sunny Florida and leave the pastime to my friends Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. Does Hillary Clinton golf? She looks more like a bowler to me.

I have brought along a book — a 1,074-page elephant of a book. It is the biography of Ulysses S. Grant by Ron Chernow. I have waded through 650 pages of it and not encountered one page that was tedious. Much to the contrary, "Grant" is utterly absorbing. This is not the first Grant biography I have read, but it is, I believe, the best.

Updated: Thu Dec 28, 2017

Donald Trump's Sechel -- Yes, Sechel! for 12/21/2017

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — "It's the economy, stupid," as we used to say back in the good old days — the good old days being the 1990s, when the president of the United States could have molested women in the White House during business hours with impunity. In fact, if memory serves, that president, William J. Clinton, saw his popularity soar after accusations of his molestations were made public, or at least after some of them were made public. If all of them were made public, according to wisdom of the time, he might have been elected President for Life. Those were the days when then-Sens. Edward Kennedy and Christopher Dodd ranged freely on Capitol Hill and, back in New York City, young Anthony Weiner was getting amorous thoughts and restless stirrings in his lower parts about the life led by the likes of Kennedy.

Yet even in those heady times, "it" was "the economy stupid," a phrase made famous by the poet James Carville. The vibrant economy saved President Bill Clinton, and I assume it will save President Donald Trump from his shocking tweets and other inexcusable acts that are so hurtful to the bien pensants of Washington, D.C., and New York. At present, the stock market is setting record after record. That is truly significant to the lives of an increasing number of people who have money in the market or look to the market for direction. According to a CNBC All-America Economic Survey, for the first time in at least 11 years more than half those surveyed thought the prospects for the economy either good or excellent.

Updated: Thu Dec 21, 2017

The Revolution Eats Its Own for 12/14/2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — As I ponder the lengthening list of alleged sexual offenders drawn from Hollywood, the arts, the media and politics, I am moved to wonder why the overwhelming majority of the accused are prominent luminaries of the left. Those accused on the right claim utter innocence including former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who nonetheless paid a fortune to accusers — go figah, as they say in Brooklyn. At any rate, the lefties constitute the growing multitude.

At the top of the list — at least for me — is former President Bill Clinton, who was aided and abetted by his lovely wife, Bruno. In the 1990s many of the same people who are out for the blood of today's sexual assailants were among Clinton's proud defenders, but I will bet that he is not sleeping easily today. When The American Spectator was on the prowl in the 1990s, we had dozens of other women, shall we say, under surveillance quite aside from those we did report on. What if those taciturn ladies from yesteryear were to step forward now to join Juanita Broaddrick (she claims rape by Clinton), Kathleen Willey (she says he groped her) and the loquacious Paula Corbin Jones (she says he asked her to "kiss it")? Of course, today's list of accused assailants began with Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose problems, incidentally, began just months after he sat down with the Clintons postelection to plot a documentary about how Donald Trump stole the election from Hillary Clinton. Weinstein was very tight with the Clintons, though in a few months Hillary would banish him, saying she was "shocked and appalled by the revelations" — ahem.

Updated: Thu Dec 14, 2017

Russia's Influence Spreads for 12/07/2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — Last week, we discovered that former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about the import of what he told it regarding his contacts with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Yet Flynn once served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the presidency of Barack Obama. Why would he lie to the FBI about what passed between him and Kislyak? Had he forgotten that, for a certitude, the conversation of a Russian ambassador was being recorded secretly by American intelligence agencies? Moreover, when he was being interviewed by the FBI, why did he not bring with him a lawyer? When I was being interviewed by the FBI about my perfidious Arkansas Project, I most certainly brought a lawyer with me, and it helped that my lawyer looked like he once worked for Don Corleone. Thinking back on it, I should have brought two lawyers.

We are told Flynn is now cooperating with the government. Yet it appears that he has implicated President Donald Trump not at all, or at least in no criminal activity. So what is the fuss all about? Flynn presumably was acting on behalf of people high up in the Trump administration, but unless they were giving Kislyak state secrets or accepting bribes from him, there is nothing wrong with that. I have in my library the memoirs of Anatoly Dobrynin for recreational reading. Dobrynin was the ambassador representing the Soviet Union for 24 years in Washington, D.C., during the Cold War. In his memoirs, the ambassador writes of meeting with then-President Jimmy Carter's representative Averell Harriman in September 1976 before the November election. He met with other Carter advisers before and after the election. Doubtless he did the same with other presidential emissaries during his long years in Washington. No one was prosecuted. In those happy years, diplomatic contacts were not adjudged criminal acts.

Updated: Thu Dec 07, 2017

My Defense of The New York Times for 11/30/2017

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — I never expected to come to the defense of The New York Times, but here I am ready and willing to defend what I have hitherto called the Bad Times, as opposed to the Good Times, that being the Washington Times.

The New York Times has always been biased, but with the rise of Donald Trump, it has become unbearably biased. Even the obituaries are biased. Does a truly distinguished American ever die in the great republic nowadays? It seems to me that The Times' obituaries are obsessed with the deaths of obscure artists, dress designers, paladins of identity politics and people you will only meet in Georgetown or the Upper East Side, with a few criminals thrown in for excitement. Charles Manson was the latest.

Updated: Thu Nov 30, 2017

With Al Franken This Thanksgiving for 11/23/2017

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — As Americans prepare for their Thanksgiving Day turkey, or perhaps protein bars, or artichoke hearts, or whatever the au courant are dining upon this year, I would like to propose a thought: You all have much to be grateful for. Our friends on the left may doubt it, but even they have much to be grateful for. For my part, I am grateful not to have Sen. Al Franken for a neighbor. You saw what one of the zealots did to his neighbor Sen. Rand Paul. Moreover, I have two very pretty daughters, who will be visiting me. With Franken in the neighborhood, we would have to maintain a high-security watch, or possibly even an electrified fence with barbed wire.

Seriously, Al is a very peculiar guy. First of all, he is very unpleasant. He yells at his staff and has a very high turnover among staffers. He even yells at people who aren't on his staff. Then, too, he is obsessive. Here in Washington, D.C., he has been rumored to be sure to knock off President Donald Trump in 2020, so we have not heard about his temper and his monomanias. But it's doubtless that since his overactive libido has been revealed, we shall be hearing about other unpleasant aspects of his persona.

Updated: Thu Nov 23, 2017

Will the Republicans Get Tax Reform? for 11/16/2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — It has long been my conviction that Democrats are the more adept pols, the most tireless pols, the most political pols. I have said that their political libido is that of a nymphomaniac. By that I mean to compliment them, or at least to compliment their political skills. The political libido of the Republicans is by comparison the political libido of a Victorian lady, complete with white gloves and parasol.

We saw the Republicans' coyness about playing politics just last week when they began backing away from supporting Roy Moore, the leading candidate for the Alabama Senate seat left vacant when Jeff Sessions became attorney general. Though Moore has never been charged with sexual misconduct in over 40 years of public life, suddenly, four and a half weeks before the special election scheduled for Dec. 12, a 53-year-old woman steps out of oblivion to accuse Moore of having had some sort of sexual encounter with her 38 years ago, when she was 14 and he was in his early 30s — by comparison, William Jefferson Clinton was 49 years old, and Monica Lewinsky was a nubile 22. Moore denies it, and he denies the charges of four other recovering female amnesiacs, some with mysterious Democratic ties.

Updated: Thu Nov 16, 2017

Donna Brazile: See the Light for 11/09/2017

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — After over two decades of writing about Bill and Hillary Clinton, it is pretty dispiriting to see how my friends the Democrats have ignored my findings about the rapacious couple. I rather like the two-party system. Yet ever since the Clintons came to national attention — and to the attention of various law enforcement officials — they have done little for the Democratic Party except enrich themselves, a matter about which I have actually written several books. Well, all I can say is that I tried, but it's all for naught.

Even by the last presidential election, the Democrats had lost something like 1,000 seats around the country under President Obama, though they paid little heed while schmoozing with their friends in the media in Washington, D.C. Even Hillary Clinton, the inevitable one, lost, and to a man who had never run for high office in all of his 70 years. The Democrats got no wake-up call. They blamed it on the Russians, and today's Russians are not even communists. It is all pretty depressing.

Updated: Thu Nov 09, 2017

Sex: The Progressives' Problem for 11/02/2017

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — "Sex is a beautiful thing." Remember that solemnity being intoned endlessly by the sex prophets of the '60s, '70s and '80s? Of course, the more recent prophets were preceded by the sexual psychopaths of the '20s and '30s. There is a long history to the absurdity of sexual utopia.

Yet by the 1960s, the sex prophets were on the hem of marketing their balderdash to a mass market, and by the early days of the 21st century, they had their market. The "sex is a beautiful thing" crusaders had found their followers in the public school system, pop culture and even churches. Now, however, the solemnity is being shut down almost overnight by the fair sex. Anyone caught intoning it in the present moment will be in danger of ostracism, especially if the intoner is a male.

Updated: Thu Nov 02, 2017