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Within hours of his speech, Sen. Ted Cruz was fundraising off it, vowing that his own political movement will continue. He still has two years left before he needs to seek re-election to the Senate. (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz and an act of betrayal

Ted Cruz might have thought he was opening his 2020 campaign for president with his remarkable snub of the party and its nominee for president, but he was more likely making a deal with the undertaker.

FILE - This April 28, 2010 file photo shows the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont. The Colstrip plant, a coal plant serving utility customers across the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to shut down two of its four units by 2022 under a settlement announced Tuesday, July 12, 2016, with environmentalists who sued over alleged air pollution violations. (AP Photo/Matt Brown, file)

Foolishness over fossil fuels

The masterminds who put their heads together to “improve” the planet sometimes only bump those heads together. Environmentalists have confidently — and arrogantly — declared that their “green” policies are based on “settled science,” but evidence continues to trickle in to dispute that. On paper, saving the world is as elementary as ridding it of fossil fuels. Experience, however, teaches that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Melania Trump stands at the podium during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Melania Trump’s home run

Stealing the published words of others is never a good idea, particularly in Washington, but whether it’s a felony or a misdemeanor usually depends on who the sinner may be. Democrats often get by with plagiarism, Republicans usually don’t.

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In this Sept. 16, 1987, file photo, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill. Bork's failed Supreme Court nomination made history. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

The ghost at the Supreme Court

Robert Bork was a renowned legal scholar who, despite having been a Yale Law School professor, U.S. solicitor general, an acting attorney general, and a justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, never made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Products labeled with Non Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) are sold at the Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins store in Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. The food industry is pressuring Congress to act before the state of Vermont requires food labels for genetically modified ingredients. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

A food label to frighten

Eating "organisms" evokes an image of a mouthful of squirmy things harvested from a petri dish. Eating "genetically modified organisms" sounds even worse. Those are the thoughts that skeptics of genetically modified organisms, or GMO foods, mean to trigger if they can force the food industry to put GMO labels on their healthy food.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Friday, March 11, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

A cat among the pigeons

Donald Trump has clearly put the cat among the pigeons. The Republican establishment, as the party's elites don't like to be called, can't decide what to do about the power of the Trump tornado. They're suddenly getting a taste of what impotence feels like, learning that money can't buy love.

The triumph of the dancing master

Vladimir Putin is the dancing master. His dance is the kasatka, the Russian folk dance which tests the dancer's balance and stamina, requiring him to crouch and fling out each leg and foot in turn, testing his balance and the nerves of those around him. It's not a dance for the weak or distracted, and Mr. Putin is dancing the kasatka around Barack Obama.

FILE - In this March 14, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Chief of Missions Conference at the State Department in Washington. Obama said Wednesday, March 16, he will reveal his Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

President Obama's collateral damage

President Obama regards himself as a conjurer of deep thoughts, a living example of "The Thinker" immortalized in the Rodin sculpture. Neither the bronze ponderer will budge from his stone nor the president from his radical blueprint for a new America.

In this March 14, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) ** FILE **

A primary lesson for Republicans

No one knows better how not to campaign for president than the chief strategist for Mitt Romney, who blew his very good chance to defeat Barack Obama in 2012. Mr. Romney, a genuinely nice guy, forgot baseball legend Leo Durocher's famous admonition that "nice guys finish last."

Former President Bill Clinton delivers remarks at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Bubba's telling boo-boo

Watching Bill Clinton play politics is like watching Brooks Robinson play third base. A master at work is a delight to see. Bubba is trying to help Hillary now, and it's obvious that he would suit up in a New York minute if he could. Politics is his game. Helping his beloved try her hand at it only tries his patience.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic National Committee chair (Associated Press) **FILE**

Firing on Debbie from the left

Revolutions are notorious for eating their own, punishing any true believer who isn't a true believer 100 percent of the time. Ronald Reagan once said he considered anyone who agreed with him 80 percent of the time a true friend, but the Gipper was a kind and reasonable man, and 80 percent is not always enough for a true believer.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump holds a plane-side rally at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio, Monday, March 14, 2016.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Blaming the victim

Everyone recognizes the First Amendment as the cornerstone of the republic, but sometimes it's difficult to honor what the Founding Fathers had in mind in Philadelphia. It's easy to defend the speech of someone you agree with; defending the speech of your enemy, not so much. When disagreement turns violent, as it did at a Trump rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the principle of free speech takes a beating. The demonstrators set out to shut down Donald Trump, and succeeded. It may be difficult to think of the Donald as a victim, but everyone lost in this exercise.

President Barack Obama speaks before a performance by the cast of the Broadway play "Hamilton" in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Monday, March 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Racist nonsense by the Army

The first responsibility of the national government is the national defense. The U.S. Army sheds blood, sweat and, lately, tears at the perilous task of keeping 320 million Americans safe. The nation's military is commissioned to stand with sword and shield (and a few other more lethal weapons) to say to prospective foe, "This we'll defend." Encouraging the warrior spirit is the first duty of any army so that it will be ready and eager to "march to the sound of the guns."

President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, March 12, 2016, upon arrival from a trip to Dallas, Texas.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Infringing the Yogi Berra rule

Yogi Berra, the philosopher-king of baseball, once observed that "you have to go to your friends' funerals, or they won't come to yours." Who could argue with the logic of that? Indeed, only umpires argued with Yogi, and never about manners and decorum, just about balls, strikes, and maybe the infield-fly rule.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a rally Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Bloomington, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Resurrecting the conventions

The latest poll of the surviving Republican candidates for president is proof that somebody was listening to the demands for civility. Nobody seemed mad at anybody in the latest Republican debate, the language was discreet and the tone amiable. And then the complaints rolled in: "This," cried the blockbuster headline on the Drudge Report, was borrrrrrrring!

President Barack Obama waves as he waits with first lady Michelle Obama for the arrival of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of White House in Washington, Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Calling Christian genocide by its name

"Genocide" is a word, like "Hitler," that is used carelessly in the heat of a campaign as a synonym for prejudice, partisanship and persecution of minorities. But despite all the evidence at hand, President Obama stubbornly refuses to call the persecution and systematic annihilation of Christians in the Middle East by its right name, genocide.

Mitt Romney is interviewed by Neil Cavuto during his "Cavuto Coast to Coast" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York Friday, March 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) ** FILE **

Blinded by the fog

Mitt Romney designated himself as the conscience of the Republican Party, with a duty to destroy the man he calls a fraud. Hyperbole is a staple of political campaigns and the wise voter knows better than to give it full credit. But Mr. Romney, eloquent and well-meaning as he may be, is the wrong man for the job of cutting Donald Trump down to size. The way he's trying to do it demonstrates that he has neither an understanding of the Trump phenomenon nor the damage he's inflicting on the party's November prospects.

Hillary Clinton said she "took responsibility" for her actions in public life that would cause people to doubt her, but she insisted that her intention has always been to help people. (Associated Press)

No indictment necessary

Washington reduces everything to politics, and never more than when a public official is suspected of criminal behavior that would send the average citizen to live a good part of the rest of his life behind the bars of a dreary federal prison. Just now the nation's capital is abuzz with speculation about Hillary Clinton and her clear violation of the law against playing fast and loose with the nation's security secrets. The 200-million (or 500-million) dollar question, enough to pay for a presidential campaign, is what will the law do about it.

Chinese Drugs Smuggled into the Country Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The hidden price of drug abuse

It's called "getting high" for a reason. Euphoria feels good. But abusing "harmless" drugs like marijuana has consequences that are anything but harmless. Drug overdose has surpassed traffic accidents as a cause of death in the United States; the numbers of heroin deaths in particular are off the charts. Congress struggles to craft a national legislative remedy to deal with the scourge of drug abuse, just as several states are undermining the congressional effort by dealing with pot as a good-time treat for fun-seekers. Pot is a gateway drug, and legalizing it sends a mixed message that inevitably produces more misery.

The win in Mississippi is Donald Trump's 12th of the Republican presidential race. (Associated Press)

Strangers in their own land

As numbers go, "61" languishes in obscurity. But as applied to illegal immigration, 61 is "yuge," as Donald Trump might say. It's the number, in millions, of both legal and illegal immigrants who live in the United States. It's the number, as a percentage of the U.S. population, of Americans concerned about the impact of mass migration on America as we have known it for going on three centuries. The number is further a measure of how Mr. Trump has crossed over from business to politics, to ride the issue to the front of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at her Super Tuesday election night rally in Miami, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ** FILE **

Boeing! Boeing!

Hillary Clinton is many things, many of them about greed and some of them corrupt, but one thing she is not is a socialist. She's a crony capitalist, as she demonstrated once more in her Sunday night debate with Bernie Sanders, and proud of it. She has used her various government positions to build the Clinton family business, which is peddling influence, and her customers know they can count on her to deliver.

President Barack Obama comments on the passing of the former first lady Nancy Reagan, during his meeting with financial regulators in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

America's retreat from reality

America's retreat from the world carries enormous risks, which is understood by everyone but Barack Obama. Worse, certain rivals, like China, regard such weakness as opportunity. China is growing ever more aggressive and relations between Washington and Beijing are growing ever more complicated.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Concord, N.C., Monday, March 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Going, going, but never gone

These are scary times for the folks frightened by the noise and high-decibel blarney of an American presidential campaign. Some of them, many in Hollywood where whims are regarded as mandates, are joining the quadrennial chorus of celebrities threatening to leave America if Donald Trump is elected president of the United States.