The Myth of Benign Neglect

Back in the summer of 2016, in a more innocent age, I got an idea to write a post similar to this one. With the defeat of Donald Trump all but assured (Hillary was 10 points up at the time), it was easy to begin to look ahead to what would happen to the Republican party following its wild effort to destroy itself...

Having Second Thoughts

What do you do when you're in trouble, and you want to divert attention from your failings? Change the channel, of course! Changing the channel is a time-honoured and well-tested political manoeuvre. We need only to look south of the border for a beautiful example. While Trump has pioneered a twist on the traditional "change the channel" mechanism by leaping from one scandal to a second, different scandal, it has proved remarkably effective in limiting the time and energy spent on any number of events that would have doomed other figures...

Big Sky Spat

If you were following the Twitter feeds of even a handful of journalists Wednesday evening, you might be forgiven for thinking the world was coming to an end. It was an amazing thing to behold, as a story that started with a single tweet blossomed into a multi-hour, multi-character drama that soon caught the attention of the entire news media...