John Erlichman would know. He was one of those tragic figures from the Watergate scandal, a decent enough man with liberal tendencies who committed crimes while serving as an assistant to President Nixon.
Robin Hood made his depredations against the usurper Prince John, not against his monarch, Richard the Lion-Hearted. Pretty Boy Floyd robbed the same banks that were taking the homes of poor farmers.
The floppy hair, the red tie, the over-sized suit. (Trump) has become an American icon, as instantly recognizable, as two-dimensional, and as silly as Mickey Mouse.
He is a mash-up of every nightmare America has suffered through, as if a dim-witted computer had stumbled across the collected works of Joe McCarthy, Father Coughlin, Charles Lindbergh, and Huey Long, put them into a blender, added a dash of smut, and vomited the results.
“These are the stakes,” Lyndon Johnson intoned. “To make a world in which all of God’s children can live, or to go into the darkness. We must either love each other, or we must die.”
By 1954, Joseph McCarthy had reached the limit of his usefulness to the Republican Party. His colleagues had long supported his red-baiting because he had been doing his damage to the Truman administration, in particular to the State Department. Eisenhower’s election changed that calculus, though, so McCarthy’s act was beginning to wear thin.
Ron DeSantis washed up on these shores a few days ago. He soaked up some sun, snapped at a reporter or two, then slithered away
In truth, we do this in Little League all the time. We always hope the other side does well. We always feel for them, if they don’t
In the wake of E. Jean Carroll winning her civil suit against Donald Trump (brave woman!), it’s hard to know what to make of the Republican voters who still favor him for the White House in 2024.
It’s too early to tell how the Fox News settlement will play in public life. Whether it causes Fox’s reporters to change their ways remains to be seen.