It hasn’t gotten the attention it likely warrants, but there is no doubt that President Trump’s approval numbers have now improved to their best position since just after he took office. While they are still historically weak, he has inched past the 44% overall approval in the RCP average, which is just barely past what I thought was his likely ceiling after he hit his low-water mark of just 37% before last Christmas. Since his nadir of being 21 points under water about ten months ago, Trump’s disapproval rating is now just less than 8 points higher than the public’s approval of the job he is doing as president. From the standpoint of the upcoming midterm election, that is very likely the difference between Republicans getting totally wiped out, and the GOP somehow surviving, with at least their Senate majority intact and perhaps expanded. So, why is this happening? Continue reading "Here’s Why Trump’s Poll Numbers Are Up, and Why That Matters A Lot"
On Thursday evening of this week, I went to the magnificent Ronald Reagan Presidential Library here in Southern California to hear a presentation from former Special Prosecutor Ken Starr. He was there to speak about his new book Contempt, which details his investigation into Bill Clinton that eventually led to the president’s impeachment, and the loss of his law license. Having already interviewed Starr extensively, in person, back in 2006 on my old Los Angeles radio show, I wasn’t there to learn anything new about the Clinton saga. Instead, I had a very specific question I wanted to ask him about a position he has taken regarding President Donald Trump’s possible impeachment. My request for a formal interview had been declined, for some unknown reason, by his publicist, so I knew my only opportunity would be to wait until the public question and answer period at the end Continue reading "I Went to the Reagan Library to Ask Ken Starr a Key Question About Trump & Here’s What Happened"
At first glance, the brutal alleged murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey, would not appear to be a major scandal for President Donald Trump. After all, there is no evidence that Trump had any knowledge of the killing, and this is a guy who can somehow get away with calling his former mistress, whom he paid $130,000 to keep quiet, a “horseface,” all while still denying the affair, and suffer no apparent consequences. In a world where facts and logic still mattered, however, there are several factors surrounding Trump and his handling of this controversy that would be considered both morally shameful and politically dangerous. First, let’s stipulate that there is a lot about this story that we don’t yet know for sure (technically, we still don’t even have a body). But there is a lot that we do know which should Continue reading "Jamal Khashoggi’s Alleged Murder Has All the Makings of a Legitimate Trump Scandal"
Last week, I wrote about the sagging political state of anti-Trump conservatives in a world where President Donald Trump can claim to have solidified, against long odds, a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. As a follow up, I want to delve deeper into the issue of what makes anti-Trump Republicans tick and, specifically, whether they have paid a personal price for their opposition to Trump, or, counter-intuitively, if some have actually benefited from this position. As part of this process, I took the most prominent Republicans and conservatives from the politics and media realm who have, at some point, been strongly opposed to Trump, and then broken them down into several different categories. Hopefully this exercise illustrates the evolution of the anti-Trump movement itself. Given up: Jeff Flake and Bob Corker. These “Never Trump” U.S. Senators (there are several more on the House side) have understandably decided that, Continue reading "Have Anti-Trump Conservatives Benefited or Paid a Price Due to Their Stance? The Results Vary Widely"
Near the end of the 2004 movie Team America, the creators of South Park unleashed probably the most profanity-laced and underrated political analysis in American history. They broke the world into three groups of people, represented by parts of the human anatomy (warning: link is NSFW), with the implication being that people may not like those representative of male genitalia, but they are necessary to have around to keep some semblance of order, and they usually end up winning. During part of Kayne West’s totally bizarre “is this really happening?!” moment with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office yesterday, I immediately was reminded of that scene from the film. I also found remarkable vindication for a theory that I have long held—but never yet fully articulated publicly—about why Trump’s “Cult 45” is so magnetically drawn to him. West said this when comparing how he felt about Continue reading "Kayne West Did Actually Reveal Something Important About Trump’s ‘Cult 45’ and It Will Blow Your Mind"
One of the many ongoing tremors from the political and cultural earthquake that was the highly contentious Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process, is the impact on the so-called “Never Trump” movement within what is left of principled conservatism. Earlier this week, my friend and fellow anti-Trump conservative Matt Lewis declared in The Daily Beast that Trump salvaging the Kavanaugh nomination, when probably any other president would have folded, has officially “killed” Never Trumpism. This sparked some interesting conversation on Twitter (a platform I have come to loathe thanks to the Kavanaugh nightmare) among various remnants of the splintered, demoralized, and beleaguered remaining Never Trumpers. Some of which indicated that there may be some confusion about what being a Never Trump conservative even means, or why the Kavanaugh confirmation matters to those morally opposed to Trumpism. There is no question that Trump pulling Kavanaugh out of the fire in a manner Continue reading "Post-Kavanaugh, What Now For ‘Never Trump’ Conservatives?"
I have written before about some of the many problems which exist with Twitter, the platform which now, partly because of President Trump’s love of the outlet, dominates our dysfunctional political and journalistic discourse. Specifically, I have argued that Twitter is very liberally biased, but, even worse, absurdly lacking in transparency when it comes to the seemingly arbitrary enforcement of its rather nebulous rules. However, during the past couple of weeks, as we’ve all endured the national nightmare of the attacks on, and eventual confirmation of, Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it has become crystal clear that Twitter has far larger issues than even just those. I have now concluded that Twitter has contributed greatly to the deterioration of real journalism, the destruction our political dialogue, and the diminishing of the daily lives of many people, including myself. Here is why and how. 1. Popularity Equals Credibility