Impromptus today begins with a reflection on judges and ends with a letter from an eminent musicologist, who compares Tom Brady to Mozart. (Or Mozart to Brady?) In between are various other items, of course, including one on Trump and …
Impromptus: Real judges and unreal, &c.
From the conservative point of view, there have been some very good people nominated to judgeships, and confirmed. I know at least two of them. So, mad props to President Trump, for the nominations.
(I learned the expression “mad props” …
President Trump Signs GOP Tax-Reform Bill into Law
This morning, President Donald Trump signed the Republican tax bill into law, just before leaving Washington, D.C., to spend Christmas in Florida. The president also signed the continuing resolution, which Congress passed yesterday, a short-term bill that will fund …
Refusing to Be Reflexively Anti-Trump Isn’t Selling Out
I don’t have much to contribute to the Charles Cooke vs. Jen Rubin issue. I thought Charlie made some tough but fair points, and I don’t think Jen Rubin has acquitted herself well in response. I’ll just …
Those who are still predicting that Donald Trump will be impeached and removed from office are now like exotic and endangered creatures. It is like an absurdly slow dance, in which the steps are so infrequent and tentative that it …
Give Trump Credit Where It’s Due
Republicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense opposition and always been abandoned. A provision for drilling in ANWR is included in the …
Trump’s Refusal to Embrace the Norms of Presidential Behavior Will Hurt His Party
As an opponent of Donald Trump during the Republican primary, and as somebody who voted for a third-party candidate in the general election, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by the policy output of this administration.
Can Only Trump Survive Trump?
The past two months of electoral losses for the Trump GOP feel very familiar.
Newly elected president Barack Obama’s party lost off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and suffered a stunning upset in a Senate race it …
Why Trump Should Consider a Post-Twitter Presidency
Almost every supposedly informed prediction about President Donald Trump’s compulsive Twitter addiction has so far proved wrong.
He did not tweet his way out of the Republican nomination. Spontaneous social-media messaging did not lose Trump the general election race …
By Endorsing Moore, Trump Sank the U.S. Presidency to Unplumbed Depths
The first time ended badly, so when, 156 years later, Alabamians were incited to again try secession, this time from the national consensus that America is a pretty nice place, they said: No. No, that is, to rubbish like this:
Conservative Policy, Populist Attitude
This was supposed to be the year conservatism saw its end.
Conservatism, we were led to believe, had run its course. Trump’s supporters cheered his campaign-trail heresies against Reagan-esque conservatism. “What has conservatism ever done for us?” we heard, …
Who Deserves Credit for the Trump Administration’s Accomplishments?
Contrary to what many predicted, President Trump’s end-of-year accomplishment list isn’t that skimpy.
That’s an analytical observation. For many, particularly liberals and Democrats, Trump’s first year hasn’t been merely bad. It’s a great evil, …
The Two Ways of Looking at Trump
In following the debate over criticizing the president’s critics, I’m reminded that one of the dividing lines in American politics these days is between those who view President Trump as the singular cause of the present crisis and …
Stop Exaggerating the Importance of Donald Trump
In one of the more amusing moments of the Cold War relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Reagan is reputed to have asked Gorbachev if the two superpowers could put aside their differences to defend Earth from an alien …
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main#…#
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
— John Donne
The pathological …
Jennifer Rubin Is Everything She Hates about Trump Worshippers
The era of Trump has been as hard on the mind as it has been good for the muscles in the chest. Ours is a moment in which millions rush breathlessly to exclaim. In defense! In resistance! In bloody-minded persistence! “…
President Trump Is Losing the Support of Fox Viewers
The most important poll number to come out this week had nothing to do with defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. It had to do with Fox News and Donald Trump. We’ll get to the numbers in a minute.
‘Can Only Trump Survive Trump?’
In my Politico column today, I wrote about Alabama:
Ed Gillespie ran away from Trump and lost in Virginia. Roy Moore ran toward Trump (with a lot of excess baggage) and lost in Alabama. One was a wonky establishment Republican …
Media’s Unhinged Attacks on Trump Recall the Treatment of Nixon
In this season of frenzied liberal assault on the incumbent president and the almost uniform view of the long-standing bipartisan political elite of the United States that President Trump is a maniac, any falsehood about him or act of obstruction …
The Howard Stern Guest in Chief
Impromptus today brings you the usual mélange, to the extent there is a “usual”: Al Franken, Donald Trump, the opioid crisis, Russia, Syria, middle names, “Merry Christmas,” and more. But I would like to make a further point here …