The last few days have seen an obviously coordinated attack against the credibility of Robert Mueller’s investigation by, among others, President Donald Trump, elements of his administration and the state-run “conservative” media. By forcing the firing of the FBI’s Andrew McCabe, a false narrative has been purposely created in order to muddy the waters just enough so that Trump can finally get rid of Mueller, or that at least the special counsel’s conclusions will not be taken seriously by the 40 percent of the population which still supports the president. With any other president — or even just a remotely normal major public figure — such brazen acts of deceit would be seen as sure signs of desperation and, consequently, some sort of sure guilt. While Trump’s apparent personality disorders usually make it more difficult to have confidence in any definitive interpretation of his intentions, it seems Continue reading "In Apparent Desperation, Trump is Playing His Ace in the Hole: The Gullibility of His Base and the Media"
After Tuesday’s special election upset loss in Pennsylvania, many in the Republican Party are now resigned to the likely reality that the 2018 elections, which once set up extremely well for the GOP, are going to be a disaster for them. There are many reasons this is the case, but the most prominent, of course, is that the party has allowed itself to be completely defined by President Donald Trump. Perhaps the most underrated aspect of having sold out so thoroughly to Trump is that the GOP is now almost completely disarmed in their ability to legitimately attack Democratic candidates and office holders on numerous issues, especially in the realm of character. After all, once you have defended and accepted certain behavior from a president, it is awfully difficult, even in a world where hypocrisy is now longer seen as politically lethal, to claim that similar acts are unacceptable Continue reading "A Comprehensive List of Things Republicans Can No Longer Legitimately Criticize Thanks to Trump"
Last night, Fox aired a two-hour special called O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? The “television event” revolved around an interview with O.J. Simpson conducted back in 2006 by book publisher Judith Regan. There is a lot that needs to be said about this program, both good and bad. However, I would like to first focus on the context that led to this finally airing twelve years later, because Fox tried their best to completely ignore, to the detriment of those who watched it, how this had really gone down. Astonishingly, if you knew nothing at all of the real story and just watched what aired last night you would literally have no idea why it took twelve years for the Simpson “confession” (he’s still lying about much of the story) to finally see the light of day. You would also have had very little idea that the reason Continue reading "There is a Lot About O.J. Simpson’s ‘Confession’ That Fox Didn’t Tell You Last Night"
By far the most gossiped about aspect of the highly controversial Trump dossier complied by former British spy Christopher Steele is the infamous “pee tape” allegation, which holds that Russian President Vladimir Putin is in possession of lurid footage of his U.S. counterpart. Many people believe this tape of Trump with Russian prostitutes not only exists, but it is the cornerstone of the leverage that Russia appears to have over Trump, causing him to be completely impotent when it comes criticizing Putin, or fighting back against Russian election meddling. I have never felt strongly, one way or the other, about the existence of such a tape, which Trump has denied on the grounds that he is a well-known “germaphobe.” On the one hand, the story seems too crazy to actually be true and some of the details (like Trump wanting the women to urinate on a bed that Continue reading "New Book Provides Evidence that Trump’s Infamous ‘Pee Tape’ Is Mostly An Urban Legend"
You may have heard that former Trump campaign advisor Sam Nunberg did a few cable television interviews yesterday. Yes, they were totally bonkers and entertaining as hell, but now that the buzz has worn off many commentators are suggesting that the whole saga was completely inappropriate, even “pornographic,” and that the news media should have shown some semblance of restraint when it came to giving him live air time to have a public meltdown. As someone who has deep disdain for much of what the media has become, my first instinct is indeed to blame CNN and MSNBC for what happened here. After all, this was not news. In fact, the only theoretical news hook, that Nunberg — a minor witness who was not part of the Trump campaign when the bulk of what led to the Russia investigation occurred — was going to defy a subpoena from Robert Continue reading "We Are All to Blame For The Media’s Exploitation of Nunberg — And The Bachelor Break-Up"
As a constitutional conservative, I believe in our Second Amendment right to bear arms and that the government should not be trusted with laws that disarm those over which they rule. That being said, I am personally not much of a gun person — though my wife is. I also believe that the world has dramatically changed since our Constitution was written. Our Founding Fathers could not have envisioned a country where it was possible to kill dozens of people in a couple of minutes, where a significant portion of the population does not fear an afterlife, and where carrying out an act of unthinkable horror makes the perpetrator instantly famous. So when it comes to gun rights, I have always been right of center, meaning I am willing to consider reasonable restrictions on gun ownership, while mindful of the dangers of the slippery slope and the idea that making Continue reading "Trump’s Emerging Betrayal of the NRA is as Predictable as it is Hilarious"
In this media era of Trump-created desensitization, it is often difficult to focus on just one topic on which to opine for the depth of a typical column. Since this week has provided a lot of comment-worthy topics, but nothing which, for my contrarian style, stand outs above the rest, I’m going to try something a little different and provide some random thoughts on a variety of subjects. There has been a lot of talk this week, especially in conservative circles, about the mainstream media’s (especially at CNN) narrative that President Donald Trump has been softer on Russia than even Barack Obama was. This is a topic that Trump himself, along with his state-run media, have pushed back against rather hard. I have seen even some prominent Trump-skeptical conservatives mock the notion that Obama was anything but extremely weak when facing the Russian/Putin threat, and there is absolutely Continue reading "Thoughts on a News Cycle: Russia, The CPAC Mess, And Whether Trump Will Sell Out the NRA"