Vice President at Military Base, January 21, 2018

It is NOT NORMAL for the vice president to use the occasion of a visit to a military base in the Middle East to attack the minority party for “playing politics with military pay.” What makes this particularly unreasonable is that a senator from the minority party introduced a measure to guarantee military pay despite a government shutdown, but was blocked by the majority leader.

Source: the Los Angeles Times.



Window for DACA Legislation Closing, January 3, 2018

It is NOT NORMAL for Congress to drag its feet on legislation to handle Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to such a degree that three former homeland security secretaries have written a bipartisan letter urging action.

Source: the New York Times.

Presidential Twitter Insanity, December 26, 2017 – December 31, 2017

The presidential Twitter feed continues to be NOT NORMAL. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to (a) wish “enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media” a happy new year; (b) question why “smart voters” would elect Democrats to Congress; (c) continue to call his presidential opponent and the former Secretary of State “Crooked Hillary”; (d) accuse the media of using “Phony and non-existent sources”; (e) complain that the United States Post Office does not charge Amazon enough; (f) falsely claim that his approval rating is the same as former president Obama’s at the same point in their presidencies; (g) argue that the current cold snap disproves global warming; and (h) attack a magazine for posting a list of satirical resolutions for his presidential opponent, while simultaneously insulting her. In addition, given the tense situation in Iran, one wishes the president would not insist upon conducting foreign policy via social media.

Source: the Presidential Twitter feed. Scroll to the appropriate dates.

Refocusing of House Intelligence Committee Probe, December 31, 2017

It is NOT NORMAL for the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to focus the committee’s attention away from the possibility that a foreign power is attempting to influence federal elections and onto phantom allegations of FBI “corruption” and yet another examination of the former Secretary of State’s email server. Surely a desire to protect the country’s electoral process should be bipartisan.

Source: the Washington Post.