The Last Patrician

A comment on the life and times of George H.W. Bush, after a day of eulogies: It seems proper, here in the chaos of the Trump Era, to feel a certain nostalgia over the passing of a man so closely identified with the Old Establishment values of discipline, restraint,...

One hundred and thirty-eight days

The first skirmish in the “President Puts Kids in Cages and Lies About It” scandal ended yesterday with a tactical retreat by the White House and little else. More than 2,000 immigrant children are still in cages. Trump’s executive order just sets up...

In all but narrowest sense, Trump is the target

Part of the game we’re all playing right now (and let’s be clear: Our role in the game is “public opinion,” which means what we believe is insignificant except in the aggregate) is “Who are the targets of the Mueller Investigation?”...

Muddling through decline, happily

Today’s long but thought-provoking read is Dylan Matthews’ “The myth of an ending: why even removing Trump from office won’t save American democracy/It feels like this moment in history deserves a definitive ending. It won’t get one,” at Vox....

The Republic is doomed. Here’s why.

While searching today for the answer to a relatively simple question (“After three-fifths of the Senate votes for cloture, can the bill itself pass on a simple majority of those present during the vote?”) I was reminded of what should be the most obvious...
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