Mar 062016

nancyreaganFormer First Lady Nancy Reagan died this morning. She was 94 years old.

It has always saddened me that the Reagans were denied peaceful, warm reminiscences of their incredible lives. Instead they were forced into battle—first, trying to hold his mind together as long as possible, and then Nancy’s torturous struggle to care for a person with whom she had lived and loved so much, but with whom she couldn’t share the simple, yet profound, pleasure of remembering.

May God comfort those who are acutely missing Nancy Reagan today. And may we all be filled with joy at imagining her finally in her Ronnie’s arms again.


 Posted by at 12:47 pm
Mar 022016

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Mitt Romney will speak tomorrow morning about the presidential race. Indications are that it is neither an endorsement nor an announcement of his own candidacy.

I like Mitt Romney. The more you learn about him, the more he impresses. He’s a kind, generous, decent man. But, as Jonah Goldberg put it: he has “an authentic inauthenticity problem. He seems fake, but that’s really him.”

That’s mostly why I think we don’t need to hear from him tomorrow. I expect him to speak about what it is to be a gentleman, and how we can deeply disagree with one another and still show one another respect, and how lacking the current GOP race is in such qualities. It will be a fine message, but one made easily parodiable by its deliverer, and ineffective in any case.

Why? Because Trump’s supporters have heard this endlessly for six months. Are there any fewer of them? The crude boorishness is a feature, not a bug.

There is no longer any realistic hope of anyone but Trump capturing the nomination. The best chance to stop him is now with a brokered convention, and the most effective path to a brokered convention is Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich staying in to siphon off as many delegates as possible themselves. (Kasich is a dead man walking, but he could exhaust his final efforts snatching Ohio away.)

Any people with money and influence who are interested in stopping Trump need to be figuring out where the most vulnerable delegates are and channeling their resources there and there alone. Whether a call for civility such as I expect we’ll hear tomorrow would have ever been efficacious is arguable, but if there was a window, it closed a long time ago.

Republicans, this is now a guerrilla war.

 Posted by at 6:25 pm
Feb 292016

Dear people who write open letters to Donald Trump supporters, I get it. I don’t like him either. But I don’t think for a moment that your melodramatic screed is infused with the genuine concern you’d like me to believe it is. Instead, I read it as passive-aggressive delight in the state of things. The […]

 Posted by at 12:26 pm
Feb 162016

It is ludicrous to suggest that Barack Obama should let his successor nominate Antonin Scalia’s replacement to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is also ludicrous to suppose that the Senate will confirm such a nominee. Finally, it is most ludicrous of all to be outraged by any of this. I think Rich Lowry’s editorial mostly […]

 Posted by at 10:08 am
Jan 252016

Donald Trump is a boorish, vulgar, narcissistic self-parody, for whom simple civilized and polite discourse is an apparently impossible task. Oh, and you better get used to him, because he’s going to be the 45th President of the United States. The Republican establishment’s primary response to Trump’s candidacy has been to try to run out […]

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