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Last Build Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:11:02 -0800


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

Trump, the Yankee Doodle Dandy for 10/26/2017

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — Regarding the imbroglio caused by the honorable Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, who is representing her south Florida constituency and, apparently, the entire African-American race in America and anyone else who hates President Donald Trump, my research has uncovered something interesting.

Myeshia Johnson, widow of Green Beret Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was killed in Niger, apparently objected to the president 's telephone call to her. He merely referred to the deceased as "your guy," rather than by his name. Moreover, he apparently made things worse by saying, "He knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway." Myeshia Johnson was furious, and the honorable Wilson wanted to take the telephone from her hands and curse Trump.

Updated: Thu Oct 26, 2017

Hillary and Harvey's Shared Fate for 10/19/2017

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — I have been fascinated by Harvey Weinstein's initial response to allegations that he sexually molested women. The Bathrobed Romeo's statement was otherworldly yet weirdly similar to Hillary Clinton's eventual response to the scandal. I say "eventual response" because it took her over a week to comment. Obviously, her lawyers and public relations magicians had to word her response very carefully.

In his statement, Weinstein said, "I came of age in the '60s and '70s when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different." In this, I am at one with Harvey. I, too, came of age in the 60s and 70s, though no woman has yet stepped forward to say I sexually molested her, much less raped her. He then went on with some brave talk about his intent to "conquer" his "demons."

Updated: Thu Oct 19, 2017

Revering Life After Las Vegas for 10/12/2017

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of the most deadly massacre in American history, a friend asked, "Why would God allow a man to wreak so much carnage?" The enormous violence clearly weakened my friend's belief in God. It should not have weakened it. Who else, or what other agent, is around to take the place of the Uncaused Cause? God caused the universe to exist, and as to why God would allow the Las Vegas carnage to take place, it is because God created us with free will. This explains many of the imponderables of history. We have free will to choose between good and evil. On the evening of Oct. 1, a particularly evil human being again chose evil, and now he will repose forever in hell.

That explains the atrocity. Yet it does not help us to prevent further atrocities, whether by lone murderers or jihadis or dictators hellbent on world war. Evil will always be out there, and mankind is free to choose it over the good until the end of time.

Updated: Thu Oct 12, 2017

The Democratic Frontrunner for 2020, a Preview for 10/05/2017

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — I have been trying to warn President Donald Trump, but to no avail. I have been trying to caution him about his tweets, but to little effect. Not that they are all that alarming to normal people. Not that they are without their own special charm. In a world filled with Republicans and independents, most of his tweets would be informative and even amusing. Yet in a world that also includes Democrats, frankly, they are risky. Democrats have no sense of humor, and many are alarmists.

Today, there are indications that Donald Trump's tweets have sufficiently riled up Democrats about the fate of the nation (and in some cases even the fates of the solar system), that the party's leading lights are contemplating a presidential run, and they are threatening to start their campaigns early. The good news is that Americans could be entertained for years. The next presidential election is not until 2020. Already, Hillary Rodham Clinton is on the campaign trail, and there is a Democrat even younger considering a run, Elizabeth Warren. Thus, many of my fellow Americans will have a perfectly acceptable substitute for the sports events they plan to boycott in the coming months. But will laughing aloud at the political antics of all the campaigning Democrats not grow tiresome after a year or so? It is a problem to be contemplated.

Updated: Thu Oct 05, 2017

Fifty Years at One Magazine for 09/28/2017

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — On the occasion of my 50th anniversary of founding and editing The American Spectator, I feel moved to reflect on the parlous condition of the magazine business. We celebrated our anniversary this week, and naturally I composed my reflections before the event. What makes this column something more than an occasion for indulgence is that the sickly condition of magazines is, of a sudden, a hot news item.

Major figures in the business are departing the scene. They are what the media is pleased to call celebrity editors. For instance, in the last three weeks, the editors of Time, Elle and Glamour announced they were retiring. Jann S. Wenner, the owner and for many years editor of Rolling Stone, is planning to sell his controlling interest in the magazine. And the legendary editor of Vanity Fair is leaving, too, though apparently he will maintain his ownership of the Waverly Restaurant, so he will continue to be a force with celebrity editors or at least celebrities. All of these vacancies at the top of the magazine business have prompted mainstream media to muse about, as The New York Times puts it, "predictions about the collapse of magazines."

Updated: Thu Sep 28, 2017

Hillary, Here Is What Happened for 09/21/2017

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — What did I tell you? Late in November of last year, after the presidential election that finally ended Bill and Hillary Clinton's 24-year pursuit of power in Washington, D.C., and diminishment of the Democratic Party, I wrote that they were finished. I had consulted my sources. What is more, I reported that on election night, Hillary Clinton had a meltdown. That is why she never showed up to thank her supporters who were milling around New York City's Javits Center all night. Few others in the media reported it. Yet now I have more evidence — provided by Clinton herself.

I wrote on Nov. 23: "She reverted to the form that all of us who have covered her for years have been reporting. She screamed, shouted some very unladylike epithets, threw some objects at her servitors' heads and availed herself to more adult beverages than was prudent." Then, I added, "she is scrambling to get a presidential pardon before Congress and various prosecutors move in." She failed to get that pardon, and she'd better pray that Congress and the prosecutors are too busy to move in. Her emails alone constitute a corpus delicti.

Updated: Thu Sep 21, 2017

The Anger of the Hurricane Media for 09/14/2017

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — Here we sit in the comfort of Washington, D.C., and read of the discomfort in Florida. The massive Hurricane Irma moved from the Caribbean up through south Florida, displacing as many as 5 million people. It marched up the west coast, displacing many more. The eye of the storm settled on Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, but it terrified pretty much the whole state, including the largest population of retired Americans gathered anywhere. It was the largest hurricane ever in the Atlantic, and it came on the heels of the death and destruction that Mother Nature visited upon Texas with Harvey, prompting one cynic to say, "We've got to get Mother Nature before she gets us."

Florida's governor, Rick Scott, was tireless in issuing warnings to the apprehensive citizenry of his state, and monitoring the activities of the Florida National Guard and first responders. He was on the nation's television screens nonstop. He declared at one press conference, "This is a catastrophic storm our state has never seen." He expressed similar sentiments continually. He also said: "Pray. Pray for everybody in Florida." The citizenry responded responsibly. The state and local government responded responsibly. But what was the response of the national media, or as we say, the mainstream media? The Washington Post neatly summed up the MSM's general response when it headlined an article "Florida Governor Has Refused to Recognize Climate-Change Risks, Critics Say." In the body of this preposterous article appeared a telling line that said, "Scott's office did not respond to a request for comment for this article." Did it occur to anyone at the Post that the governor's office might be underwater, or that the governor might be otherwise preoccupied?

Updated: Thu Sep 14, 2017

With Roosevelt on Labor Day for 09/07/2017

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — Labor Day weekend passed with soggy weather in Washington. It was not as soggy as in other parts of the United States, but it kept me indoors most of the time, so I decided to give some thought to the one American president who I associate with Labor Day, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Actually, to be historically correct, I should associate President Grover Cleveland — a conservative Democrat — with Labor Day, for he was the first to make it a national holiday. Yet for some reason, it is associated with FDR — at least in my mind.

This is possibly because FDR gave a rousing Labor Day speech, or because he identified with the labor union movement. At any rate, this soggy Labor Day weekend, I reflected on Roosevelt. I have folded him into American history with other great presidents: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and, of course, Ronald Reagan. The conservative that I am, I rather like the 32nd president despite his many nonconservative polices. Most importantly, he won World War II for us. I cannot envision any Republican of the era competent enough to have won World War II. Roosevelt helped make American history a happy story. Conrad Black's biography of him is what finally convinced me, and Black is a solid conservative.

Updated: Thu Sep 07, 2017