Wow! Rachel Maddow has published Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return. The document shows that he paid an amount equivalent to a bit more than $20 for each of her viewers.
… as if thousands of journalists cried out in despair. Victor Davis Hanson writes about hubris, Nemesis, and the press/Democrats-with-bylines over at NRO.
The classical idea of a divine Nemesis (“reckoning” or “downfall”) that brings unforeseen retribution for hubris (insolence and arrogance) was a recognition that there are certain laws of the universe that operated independently of human concerns. Call Nemesis a goddess. But it was also simply an empirical observation about collective and predictable human behavior: Excess invites unexpected correction. Something like hubris incurring Nemesis is now following the frenzied progressive effort to nullify the Trump presidency.
Trump may be impulsive and imprecise, and his progressive opposition may be calculating and exact, but VDH notes that
Each time Trump impulsively raises controversial issues in sloppy fashion, the news cycle follows and confirms the essence of Trump’s otherwise rash warnings.
The next four years will be interesting
It looks like my former codefendant has some more video to share.
I’m so old that I can remember when the press typically gave a new president a month or so of respectful coverage as his new administration settled in before putting everything under a partisan microscope. The classic example of this custom was an editorial cartoon by Herblock in the Washington Post. Herblock always caricatured Richard Nixon with five-o’clock shadow on his face, but on Inauguration Day, 1969, his cartoon showed a barber chair with caption that said that every new president got one clean shave.
The media doesn’t seem to be following that old custom this year.
Note: That’s not a tweet. It’s from Gab. I recommend giving gab.ai a try.
Legal Insurrection reports on Dan Rather’s lecturing Kellyanne Conway on “facts and the truth.”
Joe Isuzu was unavailable for comment.
The NYT has an article up titled The Most Successful Democrat Since F.D.R. It’s about Barack Obama.