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Trump: The All-Time, Champion Snollygoster


WC is indebted to long-time reader CaliforniaCruisin for the word “snollygoster.” She applied it to Fairbanks politician wannabe and serial loser Joe Miller. But Miller is a piker, a mere pretender, just a hack in comparison to the grifter in the White House. A snollygoster is “One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal…

The Best People, the Very Best — UPDATED


Donald Trump promised us his administration would hire “the best people, the very best. Not the biggest donors or biggest supporters.” As a service to readers, WC provided an earlier summary table of how that’s working out. Here’s an updated version, with newer developments towards the top. WC has expanded the list to include the…

William Barr on Capitol Hill on April 10. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The Perils of Ignoring History


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana, “Reason in Common Sense,” The Life of Reason (1905-1906) The Attorney General of the United States is the nation’s top lawyer, not the president’s. Once before, an Attorney General forgot that principle and paid the price. John N. Mitchell, a bond lawyer…

Class Act: By Robert J. Delahunty, John Yoo Published May 18, 2017 Fox News FILE: Feb. 2, 2012: FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. FILE: Feb. 2, 2012: FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP)

The Mueller Report — WC’s Final Notes


The Mueller Report is going to be analyzed, dissected and criticized for years, maybe decades. WC predicts multi-volume treatises will eventually be written. It’s also somewhat talismanic: every side of the Trumpian debates — and there are more than two sides — can find something to seize upon in support of their positions. Although sometimes…

Donald F. McGahn, Former White House Counsel (January-October, 2018)

The Case for Obstruction of Justice


The Mueller Report is going to be analyzed, dissected and criticized for years, maybe decades. WC predicts multi-volume treatises will eventually be written. It’s also somewhat talismanic: every side of the Trumpian debates — and there are more than two sides — can find something to seize upon in support of their positions. Although sometimes…

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt is sworn in before a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination of to be Interior secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2019.

Not Since John Mitchell


The Mueller Report is going to be analyzed, dissected and criticized for years, maybe decades. WC predicts multi-volume treatises will eventually be written. It’s also somewhat talismanic: every side of the Trumpian debates — and there are more than two sides — can find something to seize upon in support of their positions. Although sometimes…