Avoiding them won’t necessarily remove Trump from office, but it might change public opinion.
John F. Harris@SykesCharlie on a paramount truth of modern political culture that vastly helps Trump: “By Friday of every week, even those of us who follow the news for a living have a hard time remembering the stories that had consumed our attention on Monday.”
The long, sordid history of New York’s Penn Station shows how progressives have made it too hard for the government to do big things—and why, believe it or not, Robert Caro is to blame.
John F. Harris@MarcDunkelman on the dump that Penn Station remains. “Near the end of an ordinary Wednesday morning rush hour, a sewer pipe set above the barrel corridor burst open. Within minutes, streams of excrement poured through the station’s tiled ceiling.”
The Democratic establishment is counting on him to stop Trump and, perhaps, stave off Bernie as well. But can his cerebral politics still galvanize voters in an age of extremes?
John F. Harris@RyanLizza on @BarackObama as the looming, mostly silent “cannon” of the presidential campaign: “Because he so rarely speaks, especially about the nitty-gritty of 2020 politics, when he does go public, there is an enormous boom.”
Their goal is to transform what might seem like an abstract debate over foreign policy into high crimes and misdemeanors in the public mind as Republicans argue there is no case for impeachment.
John F. Harris@peterbakernyt: “where Mr. Mueller seemed unsteady and uncertain last summer when he testified about his special counsel investigation into Russian interference, Mr. Taylor came across as calm, confident and in command of the facts as he knew them.”
John F. HarrisThe impeachment hearing was “a portrait of Trump being Trump: obsessive, hectoring, contemptuous of process and propriety, as bluntly transactional about military aid to a besieged ally as he would be about a midtown real estate deal.”
President Trump sees himself as his own best spokesman, and many of his staff members are shrugging off the seriousness of what the president faces.
John F. Harris@anniekarni and @maggieNYT in this well-turned piece revive the myth that @BillClinton during impeachment was a disciplined compartmentalizer. My reporting at the time and later: half-true at best. In private, he was often in a haze of anger and fear.
Most House Democrats, including those in swing districts, are now rallying for impeachment hearings. Meanwhile, nervous Senate Republicans are worried about what the future holds.
John F. Harris@HotlineJosh sees early purple-state shift: “the overall politics of impeachment are starting to look a lot more treacherous for Republicans, whose Senate majority-makers have to decide whether it’s worth betting on an increasingly erratic president.”
Impeachment proceedings used to be news of unquestionable gravity. The week showed it's just more fodder for the ideological and culture wars.
John F. Harris“Multiple features of the modern political-media culture that now scarcely draw notice — we live with them in every waking moment — essentially sprouted during the Clinton impeachment.”
I went to Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan mansion to talk about Tesla. We ended up discussing much more — including his belief that sex with teenage girls should be acceptable.
John F. HarrisJames Stewart intervu last summer at Epstein mansion: he “knew an astonishing number of rich, famous and powerful people, and had photos to prove it. He also claimed to know...details about their supposed sexual proclivities and recreational drug use.”
A quarter-century before Donald Trump, Perot was a brash, can-do showman who expressed contempt for politics-as-usual.
John F. Harris“Perot was a brash, can-do showman who expressed contempt for politics as usual and promised voters that the path to national greatness was to send an autocratic businessman with a touch of jingo to the White House to kick ass in Washington.”
The constant reminder that it's still early in the primary election season? Don't believe it.
John F. Harris“It’s still early” say all the candidates trying to break through at the first debates. But, even 16 months before the election, it’s actually quite late for most of them, @AlxThomp and I write.
What a forgotten trove of videotapes reveals about the man who rewrote America’s political script.
John F. HarrisAn important story by @hollyotterbein who watched 51 episodes of @BernieSanders Burlington cable show from the 1980s. The shows sound like one part Students for Democratic Society teach-in, one part Wayne's World.
After 48 years in public life, he's seeking one final, history-making chapter.
John F. HarrisOne way to think of it: Biden’s 48 years in public life are two years longer than John F. Kennedy’s entire life. No major presidential candidate in history has ever had such a long record on the national stage.
Keeping Trump in office will destroy the Republican Party.
John F. Harris@joelockhart, who had a good view of the Clinton impeachment: "For Democrats, leaving Donald Trump in office is not only good politics — it is the best chance for fundamental realignment of American politics in more than a generation."
Decades after JFK and RFK were killed, the family’s political style remains the Democratic Party’s only winning path to the White House.
John F. HarrisBrilliant from Peter Canellos: “The 2020 primaries will test whether...after the fraying of the Kennedy family dynasty, and the emergence of the #MeToo movement, the character of a Kennedyesque charismatic loner still stirs the Democratic imagination.”
The story of the Democrats’ freshman congressional class is the rise of its moderates. But only the left-wing rabble-rousers are getting any attention.
John F. Harris@HotlineJosh w/ a good reminder....@AOC ascent is impressive but she is not especially emblematic of young House Dems. Most freshmen reps in their 30s lean moderate, in districts harder for Dems to win. Ghosting of the Democratic Centrists