The Age of Liberal Unreason

As Democrats come to terms with the shock of Trump’s victory, that process has yielded to a predictable and appropriate sense of shame. The Democratic Party, once confident in its ascendancy, had been dunked unceremoniously into an ice-water bath. With Hillary Clinton’s loss, Democrats were finally compelled to take stock of the utter devastation their party endured in the Obama years. That shame has, however, manifested in a combustible form. Near a 100-year nadir of their political power, chastened liberals are casting about for ways to soothe their badly bruised egos. This has taken the form of an obsessive pursuit of targets onto which they might shift blame for their unenviable political circumstances. Down this way lies madness.

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The Age of Liberal Unreason

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The ADL Smears Mike Pompeo

Partisan hackery.

When the Anti-Defamation League tapped Jonathan Greenblatt to serve as its CEO in 2015, there were concerns that the Obama White House alumnus would turn the venerable civil-rights group into an arm of the Democratic Party. Alas, those concerns have proved well-founded. Witness Greenblatt’s letter this week opposing Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s choice for America’s next secretary of state, for the flimsiest of reasons.

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The Confused and the Confusing

"I don't get confused."

Nikki Haley, America’s ambassador to the United Nations, is not confused. “With all due respect,” she said in a pithy and empowering statement to Fox News anchor Dana Perino, “I don’t get confused.”

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Identity Politics in the Hereafter

Grievance even in grieving.

As if the peddlers of identity politics hadn’t done enough to poison Western culture in the here and now, they have now set their sights on the afterlife.

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Pompeo and Circumstance

Podcast: North Korea talks and Trump's legal troubles.

On our latest COMMENTARY podcast we wonder at the fact that Democrats are going to vote en masse against Mike Pompeo as secretary of state for no real reason other than that they don’t like Trump—and how this marks the fulfillment of a degradation in the advise-and-consent process that’s been accelerating for the past couple of decades. Also, we talk about Stormy Daniels, alas. Give a listen.

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistical Deficits

The other last refuge.

Someone in the 19th century (Mark Twain attributed it to Benjamin Disraeli, but that’s dubious) said that there are three forms of lying: lies, damned lies, and statistics. If you would like a beautiful example of the last category of mendacity, check out David Leonhardt’s April 15th column in the New York Times,  entitled (try not to laugh) “The Democrats Are the Party of Fiscal Responsibility.”

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