Blog No. 169. The Nunes Memo: An Outrage Produces a Damp Squib

The release of the Nunes memo was an outrage perpetrated by the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, and President Trump, with the other Republican members of the Intelligence Committee and even Speaker Paul Ryan acting as their aiders and abettors. The focus of the memo was the conduct of the FBI in[…]

Blog No. 164. The Reckless Attacks on Robert Mueller

On Sunday, President Trump denied that he intended to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. His denial came in the wake of reports by several media outlets, the day before, of a “rumor” on Capitol Hill, that Trump would fire Mueller after Congress had left town but before Christmas. A rumor is just a rumor and[…]

Blog No. 143. Notes from a Witch Hunt

Blog No. 142 suggested on Tuesday that talk of impeachment was premature and possibly counterproductive. At the same time, it cautioned that dramatic events might lie ahead and that Trump’s capacity for self-inflicted wounds should not be underestimated. No sooner had the blog been posted than dramatic events began to appear in astonishing succession. Indeed,[…]

Special Bulletin. Remembering Len Garment

A few days ago, May 11, marked what would have been the ninetieth birthday of Leonard Garment, who died last year. The day should not have passed unremarked upon. Len was a brilliant lawyer, a distinguished public servant and an influential figure in the arts. The lengthy obituary in The New York Times on July 15, 2013 chronicled his life and many of his accomplishments.

When Richard Nixon joined a Wall Street law firm in 1963, Len Garment was head of the firm’s litigation department, and he persuaded Nixon to argue in the Supreme Court a case that Garment had successfully brought through the New York courts. That would lead to Garment becoming an early member of Nixon’s team for the 1968 election and later to a position on Nixon’s White House staff. Many will remember Garment primarily as counsel to Richard Nixon during the Watergate investigations. He was one of the few survivors of the Nixon White House to emerge with a reputation not only unblemished but enhanced. He served Nixon with loyalty and determination but without compromising his own integrity, not always an easy task. But if Watergate was the most dramatic chapter of Len’s life, it was not the only notable one.


Blog No. 13 Ted Cruz, the Oozlums and the Electorate: Wealthbusters Confront the Silent Majority

Ted Cruz and the Oozlums have worked their will and the government has shutdown, at least in substantial part. (Newcomers to see Blog No. 12 for a definition of Oozlums.)  Ironically, owing to the structure of appropriations laws, and arcane interpretations of the Anti-Deficiency Act, one part of the government that will not shutdown is…Obamacare. But elsewhere pain aplenty there will be.

Blog No 12 pointed out that a neither a shutdown, nor a default precipitated by a failure to raise the debt ceiling, are likely to escape punishment by the financial markets. Evidence of that result has already begun to accumulate. The losses in the stock market have thus far been manageable, but if the shutdown continues very long, or as the specter of default draws closer, the financial consequences will inevitably become more severe. At that point, Senator Cruz and the Oozlums will be widely recognized for their accomplishments as Wealthbusters. […]