T’S HAPPENED PERHAPS A DOZEN TIMES NOW — a moment at which reasonable people believe that the President* has sunk as low as he possibly can — and he somehow manages to outdo himself. Trump has disgraced himself and the nation so many times now that we’ve all lost count…

ONGRESSMAN STEVEN SCALISE has been shot. Sadly, we knew this day would come — the perpetration of extreme violence by someone ostensibly associated with left. Under these conditions, in a nation of three hundred million people, it was inevitble. And we knew what would happen shortly thereafter — condemnation by…

IRST, IT MUST BE SAID that we all commit spelling errors all the time. Frequently we don’t realize it; sometimes we’re too lazy to change them; often we don’t detect them until after the piece is posted. It’s all perfectly normal. Those of us who care about the written word…

HE FIRST RULE OF THUMB for a responsible public figure is AVOID GESTICULATION. In so much of the political class, histrionics are frequently unconscious, and this has the subtle effect of diminishing the power of words, rather than of reinforcing them. Careless gestures are open to cultural interpretation in ways…

T IS A TRUISM that when world events wander too far off the straight and narrow, politcal parties and the people they represent tend to show their true colors. Now is such a time, of course, as no sane person would characterize the election of The Boy Who Would Be…

ADIES AND GENTLEMEN, Inauguration Day is here! Thanks for showing up for what promises to be a star-studded, spectacular show. We’re just hours away from making America great again, and I know you’re all as excited as we are to take this country back from the ivory towers and the…

YESTERDAY, TRUMP GAVE THE WORST INAUGURAL SPEECH IN LIVING MEMORY; simplistic in conception, ugly in content, bombastic in tone, and delivered with all the panache of an angry carnival barker. It was entirely consistent with the tone and tenor of his campaign: boorish, mendacious, condescending, and mean. We are assured…

T’s LOCKER ROOM TALK and it’s one of those things.”

Well then. Methinks this business of locker room talk, as Mr. Trump dismisses it, bears some additional scrutiny.

Let’s begin by stipulating that language of this type does in fact occur from time to time. It’s not uncommon to find…

ACK IN OCTOBER OF 1995 I was working a trade show in Geneva, Switzerland; I’d been there for more than a week, and we were all working hard-tired and giddy and verily hopeful. One day, somewhere in the middle of the two-week show, we heard that the O.J. Simpson trial…

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