Blog No. 160. Carla Hills On NAFTA (and Job Training)

Forty years ago or so, I had the opportunity to work for Carla A. Hills when she was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and several years later we were law partners. In the meantime, Carla had served as United States Trade Representative under President George H.W Bush and formed her own international trade consulting[…]

Blog No. 159. Republicans: Adrift or a Rift?

  Blog No. 158 paid tribute to the eloquent addresses by John McCain and George W. Bush, and they were followed this week by a moving testament from Senator Jeff Flake. All three speeches depicted in gripping terms the serious failings of the Trump presidency. McCain and Bush called out the abandonment of American ideals[…]

Blog No. 158. McCain, Bush and the Honey Badger

Most readers of RINOcracy.com will have read about John McCain’s speech on Monday to the National Constitution Center. Yet most will probably not have seen a video of the speech, and it is well worth watching. It was short, less than 11 minutes long, but a speech that Bret Stephens called “the finest expression of[…]

Blog No. 157. Congressional Republicans: In Search of a Brain, a Heart and Courage

Collectively, Congressional Republicans resemble nothing so much as a composite character from the Wizard of Oz. In that tale, it will be recalled, the  Scarecrow wants a brain, the Tin Woodman wants a heart, and the Cowardly Lion wants courage. Too often, Republicans in the House and Senate appear to be lacking in all three[…]

Blog No. 156. North Korea: Diplomacy from the Tweetster in Chief

The deteriorating course of relations between North Korea and the United States over the past several months brings to mind William F. Buckley’s famous description of National Review: “It stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge[…]

Blog No. 155. Trump and the Democrats (and a brief au revoir)

The deal that Trump suddenly struck with Democratic leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi is at once promising and perilous. It is promising in that it avoided, at least for the time being, the twin disasters of a government default (failure to increase the debt ceiling) and a government shutdown (failure to approve[…]

Blog No. 153 Trump Makes a Movie

Following the misadventures of our president is something like watching a bad movie in which you know that there is going to be an awful ending but you don’t know just when it will come or exactly what it will be. In watching such a movie, however, one generally has the comfort of knowing that,[…]

Blog No. 152. Contortions: Charlottesville, Trump and the Republicans

Donald Trump’s responses to the ugly events in Charlottesville demonstrated once again his glaring deficiencies in character, temperament and competence. As summarized in Lawfare: Commentators are debating whether he is revealing himself as sympathetic to the white nationalist program, fearful of alienating that constituency, or just unable to respond to criticism in any way other[…]

Blog No. 150. The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it[…]