Trump’s claim of a “landslide” victory is provably false

  Donald Trump’s narcissism is such that he is psychologically –no, psychopathically —  unable to admit that his achievements are ever anything less than historically unparalleled. The really strange thing about this penchant is that Trump is never dissuaded from peddling bombast,  even when the provable facts of the matter show that his claims are simply false. Take for example, The Donald’s bogus characterizations of his election victory. He says it was “a massive landslide” and “one of the...

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How would Republicans react if Russia had favored Hillary?

  The big news today is a report in the Washington Post that the CIA has concluded that Russia deliberately tried to help elect Donald Trump as president of the United States. The potential implications of this stuff are far-reaching, to put it mildly. As I see it, a troubling question arises: How would partisan Republicans react if the proverbial shoe was on the other foot — that is, if Russian President Vladimir and his minions in the Kremlin had tried to tip the scales in favor of Hillary Clinton? The answer is predictable,...

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Donald Trump differs from Antonin Scalia’s view of free speech

  When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly last winter, conservative politicians and pundits nearly stumbled over one another in their rush to sing his praises. But none of them, as far as I noticed, said a word about what was perhaps the sainted jurist’s most controversial — and bravest — opinion in a high court case. In 1989, Scalia cast the deciding vote and wrote the majority opinion in a 5-4 ruling overturning the conviction in Texas of an avowed communist who had burned the American flag at a...

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No, we need not respect Donald Trump’s presidency

  A conservative panelist on one of the cable news channels — CNN, I think it was — said the other day that all good Americans should “respect” Donald Trump’s impending presidency. Sorry, pal, but “respect” is exactly the wrong word. I’ll only acknowledge that Trump will soon be inaugurated as our 45th president, but I’m not ready to respect him in any way, shape or form — and with plenty of good reason. For starters, he finished second to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote, by...

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Should I apply for a job with the Trump team?

  You may have noticed that a few people who have denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms — Mitt Romney, for example — are now under consideration for appointment to important jobs in the new administration. Last spring, Romney called The Donald “a fraud” and “a phony,” among other things. But now the Mittster is said to be a possible appointee to the post of secretary of state. Certain other erstwhile critics of Trump are similarly situated. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who bad-mouthed the...

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