Sanders the Spoiler
Sanders the Spoiler

Sanders the Spoiler

Sanders said Sunday that he worked as hard as humanly possible once Clinton was the Democratic nominee. Let’s do a little fact-check on that claim…

Revenge of the Shmattes
Revenge of the Shmattes

Revenge of the Shmattes

When we were kids in the early sixties, they were the last kind of clothes we’d ever be caught dead in. They were for overweight, middle-aged housewives who watched “Days of Our Lives” on television and got together once a week for Mah Jong (if Jewish) or Bingo (if church-going — although I thought it possible only Jewish moms wore them) or just smoking and gossiping. They were loose and made for comfort, often with disturbingly large floral prints. Shmatte.

Two Elizabeths
Two Elizabeths

Two Elizabeths

Lacey Baldwin Smith has written that “Tudor portraits bear about as much resemblance to their subjects as elephants to prunes.” A slight exaggeration, maybe. But it is true that the historical accuracy of the depictions in Tudor portraits, particularly of royalty, was often at war with “symbolic iconizing” — the use of imagery to represent the person’s character, position or role.

The Section of the Mueller Report That Does “Speak for Itself”
The Section of the Mueller Report That Does “Speak for Itself”

The Section of the Mueller Report That Does “Speak for Itself”

I wish Bob Mueller had quoted from this section in his television appearance. In yesterday’s televised announcement, Robert Mueller said he believed that it was “in good faith” that William Barr had declined to present Mueller’s introductory summaries to the public before the entire report was released.

Please, Mr. Prosecutor Mueller
Please, Mr. Prosecutor Mueller

Please, Mr. Prosecutor Mueller

First James Comey blabbed so recklessly about Hillary Clinton’s “careless” treatment of classified emails that he left millions of Americans with the impression that she was guilty of a crime, despite the fact that he had cleared her of all charges. Then he decided not to reveal that Trump was under investigation while reminding voters, eleven days before the election, to be sure and not forget about Clinton’s “email scandal” when they cast their votes. And now you — who we’ve been writing eager, pleading love songs to for two years — have apparently decided that you want to avoid the “political spectacle” of public testimony by refusing to have your appearance before Congress televised. Especially after Comey, that hurts. It really does.

“Fetal Heartbeat” Bills: An Assault on the Personhood of Pregnant Women
“Fetal Heartbeat” Bills: An Assault on the Personhood of Pregnant Women

“Fetal Heartbeat” Bills: An Assault on the Personhood of Pregnant Women

This past Thursday, Ohio became the latest in a growing list of state legislatures proposing and passing “fetal heartbeat” bills that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected — as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

Imagine Bernie Sanders as a Woman
Imagine Bernie Sanders as a Woman

Imagine Bernie Sanders as a Woman

At the end of a chapter in my book about the 2016 election, I described a student’s reaction to our discussions of the double-binds and double-standards that Hillary Clinton had to face, almost on a daily basis.“It sounds like Hillary was damned no matter what she did,” the student remarked.

It Wasn’t Just Russia: The Mainstream Media and the 2016 Election
It Wasn’t Just Russia: The Mainstream Media and the 2016 Election

It Wasn’t Just Russia: The Mainstream Media and the 2016 Election

It might be the instinct of a bully. It might be a savvy political strategy, imported from the world of advertising. It might be the result of an inadequate vocabulary turned to asset. It might be all of these. Whatever its origins, Donald Trump is a master at branding.