Category Archives: 2016 presidential campaign

No Statue of Limitation in Identity Politics


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Tear ’em all down.

Mark Lilla is a liberal history professor at Columbia. He blames identity politics for Democrats’ failure to win elections. The professor thinks the left focuses too much on what keeps us apart rather than on what brings us together. He says his conservative students make arguments based on ideas and principles. But his liberal students make their arguments based on identity.

Here’s a link to his latest book The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.  And here are a couple of reviews from The Guardian.

 

 

 

Teflon Trump

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During the campaign Donald Trump was called the Teflon Don. Criticism didn’t stick with his base.

But now that he’s president, what really doesn’t stick is advice. He ignored advisors Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon when he hired the “Mooch” as communications director.

Spicer got mad and quit.

Prince Donald Gets Nigerian Prince Email

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Prince Donald released an email he recently received from a Nigerian Prince. It offered a very attractive investment opportunity.

By the way, it looks like Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was in the country illegally at the time of her meeting with junior. Initially she had been denied a visa but the Obama Justice Department granted her a special “parole”. Even that, however, had expired by the time of her big meeting.

Nauseous Queasy Comey

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Nauseous

Former FBI Director Comey said it made him mildly nauseous to think he might have influenced the 2016 election by publicly opining on the Hillary investigation.

Queasy

Not only that, he felt queasy about following his boss Loretta Lynch’s order to refer to the investigation as a “matter”.

Which I found mildly amusing.

Comey Mind Over Matter

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Former FBI Director Comey told President Trump three times that he was not under investigation.

But Hillary Clinton was. Sort of.

Then Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Comey to refer to what he was doing with Hillary as a “matter“, not an “investigation.” Comey went along but said the order “confused and concerned” him. He also said it made him “queasy“.

But it apparently didn’t reach the “mildly nauseous” threshold.