Another Viewpoint

Divided

The midterm elections proved one thing definitively: We are a deeply divided country. Though the Democrats’ victory in flipping the House of Representatives was significant, it might have been even bigger had President Donald Trump not been able to use the caravan of Central American migrants ...

Barreling toward 2020

The Republican president, considered a lightweight and an ignoramus by many in Washington, suffered a setback in the offyear elections, losing several seats and effective control in the House, while maintaining and perhaps strengthening his party in the Senate. His leverage on domestic issues ...

Mississippi underwent a self-rehabilitation; residents should, too

WASHINGTON – In the previous 50 years, the state of Mississippi has validated Lord Tennyson’s belief that “men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things.” Now the state has until Tuesday to explain to the U.S Supreme Court why a state court was sufficiently ...

Humphrey’s fateful blunder

WASHINGTON – Half a century ago last week, Richard Nixon was narrowly elected president over Democrat Hubert Humphrey. In the final days of that 1968 campaign. Humphrey obtained FBI surveillance that, if disclosed, might well have defeated Nixon. But he never used it, and Nixon ran the ...

A predictable outcome

Republicans held the Senate! Democrats took the House but by a narrower margin! Did I just embarrass myself? I write this Election Day morning, before most polling places even opened. I don’t know the actual results, of course. But I’ll pretend I do because I trust the betting ...

Say no to Nanny Bloomberg

No matter how politically fractured the nation may seem, I believe that liberty-loving citizens of all ideologies can unite and agree: Billionaire Nanny Michael Bloomberg – the soda-taxing, gun-grabbing, snack-attacking control freak – should keep his nose out of our lives and out of the ...

An analysis of voter demographics

Exit polls aren’t always 100 percent reliable. For example, in 2016, the exit interviews suggested that Donald Trump would lose Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina by small margins. He won all of them. Let’s take it as given that 2018’s exit polls are likely flawed in the ...

Put away your pen, phone

All of a sudden, we’re all originalists and believers in the sagacity and inviolate handiwork of long-ago white males. President Donald Trump’s trial balloon about changing birthright citizenship via executive order has brought a hail of denunciations. He wants, the critics say, to change ...

The madness of March

WASHINGTON – Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the “student-athletes” who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry’s billions. Last week, however, a New ...

We survived Richard Nixon as president, we’ll survive Trump

WASHINGTON – Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the election of President Richard Nixon. It is a chance for some perspective. While many seem convinced that the United States will never recover from the Donald Trump presidency, the truth is conservatism, the Republican Party and our ...

A turning point for Trump?

WASHINGTON – The attempted mail bombings last week and the slaughter of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend have occurred at a time when American voters have an opportunity to say what they think of the ugly and destructive turn of events. Next week’s midterm elections ...

How a Democratic House might operate

Democrats are hoping the coming election will give them a majority in the House of Representatives. Republicans and much of our nation dread that prospect. My question is: What would a House majority mean for the Democrats? Let’s look at it. To control the House of Representatives, Democrats ...

Sununu claims New Hampshire has made progress

For the past two years, I have had the pleasure of serving as New Hampshire’s 82nd governor. I’ve sat down with families, listened to their stories, and worked hard to make actionable progress. In just two short years, New Hampshire has made huge strides in expanding opportunity for our ...

Reality always has the last word

“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell -- I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.” -- Donald Trump, Feb. 1, 2016 “I’d like to punch him in the face.” -- Donald Trump, Feb. 22, 2016 “You ...

The sickness spreads

Just in time for Halloween comes a former male stripper, who drove a van with Trump stickers plastered all over it, being charged with sending pipe bombs to top Democratic leaders, a journalist and at least one celebrity, all of whom have been vocal critics of President Trump. The New York ...

DOJ to voters: Beware the propaganda

You’ve probably seen a spunky witness or lawyer on a TV courtroom drama spout out an unacceptable line and the judge caution the jury, “Disregard the testimony you just heard.” This effort has been likened to trying to put toothpaste back in the tube. After all, you can’t unhear a ...

Can hatred carry Dems?

“I have some thoughts on ‘enthusiasm’ and the election,” tweeted Amy Walter, the Cook Political Report’s ace analyst of House races. What I and, I suspect, others expected to follow was a discussion of how voters’ enthusiasm, positive or negative, tends to determine who wins ...

Response should be limited

Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist turned dissident. He fled Saudi Arabia in 2017 and took up residence in the United States. He began writing for The Washington Post. On Oct. 2, 2018, at the age of 59, Khashoggi went to the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul with his fiancee, Hatice ...

Elizabeth Warren highlights the danger of racial identity

She was mocked as “Fauxcahontas” long before President Donald Trump began referring to her as “Pocahontas,” and frankly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren invited the ridicule. She is a poster child for the pitfalls of basing identity on race, and reminds us of the many furies such self-definition ...

Fixing the broken system

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few years reminding everyone who would listen that the culture leads and politics lag behind. For me, that’s an encouraging perspective. It would be beyond depressing if our nation’s fate were determined by the agendas of our political ...