Readers of this site will know I am hardly a fan of Donald Trump, but fair is fair: When he or his people are wrongly criticized or treated, I will say so. To read the full article from each of these four posts, follow the link embedded in the respective headlines.]

House effort to force W.H. counsel to testify is a systemic abuse (Aug. 7): House Democrats are setting an unwise precedent by asking a federal judgeto force testimony by former White House counsel Don McGahn as part of their fevered attempt to prove that President Trump committed impeachable offenses. The Democrats’ request raises significant separation of powers concerns….

Media and Dems push moderates into Trump’s camp (Aug. 6): Both the establishment media and most prominent Democratic politicians have gone so far off the deep end,against President Trump and in favor of ever-more leftist policies, that they are creating sympathy for the president they hate.

Even before the feeding frenzy in response to last weekend’s tragic shootings, I was reporting data on this phenomenon and also giving examples of the sorts of media behavior that causes it. But the data is also supported by anecdotal experience that really brings it home….

After shootings, Trump did okay. How about the rest of us? (Aug. 5): Set aside the visuals, the tone of voice, and all preconceived ideas, good or bad, about President Trump. If you were to read the transcript of Trump’s brief remarks Monday morning about last weekend’s two mass shootings, you would see appropriate sentences and sentiments, ones that can and should come from whomever is president at such a time.

In short, Trump’s speech met the basic standards for the job.

What matters more than what he said, though, is how he and we act going forward….

Trump’s Dayton/Toledo flub is no big deal (Aug. 5): People making a big deal about President Trump saying “Toledo” when he meant “Dayton” need to take a chill (uh, what’s the thing you swallow? Whatever that word is. Not lozenge but, you know? Oh yeah, that’s it) chill pill. And get a life.

There is a recent epidemic of breathless analysts and politicians overreactingto political figures momentarily misplacing or misstating words. When former special counsel Robert Mueller suddenly couldn’t think of the word “conspiracy” when describing the legal term for “collusion,” people reacted as if he had wandered into heavy traffic while muttering about the pet chicken he had as a six-year-old. This, even though every other part of the explanation Mueller was giving made perfect sense.

Likewise, when former Vice President Joe Biden warned in the last debate against “another eight years” of Trump, when he obviously meant four years, the cry went up that maybe Biden really is too old after all….


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