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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The Kavanaugh farce descends into tragedy

- The Washington Times

Ruth Bader Ginsburg denounced what "a highly partisan show" the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings had become when she described to law students at George Washington University a fortnight ago how such confirmation hearings used to be.

Sen. Chuck Grassley. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The march of the September Surprises

- The Washington Times

Everyone knew a September Surprise was coming. Supreme Court appointments are a big deal. The Republicans are determined to get an "originalist" justice, one who honors the Constitution as written by the Founding Fathers, subject to amendments duly adopted.

Kathy Griffin. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

When debate turns to visions of murder

- The Washington Times

Bill Clinton, the beau ideal of Democratic women, once promised to make abortion "safe, legal and rare," which sounded pretty good to the ladies of the left. Except, of course, for the little ladies waiting their turn to slide down a birth canal.

Colin Kaepernick. (Associated Press)

Taking a knee looks like the Democratic strategy

- The Washington Times

The Democrats appear to have given up on their long-anticipated "blue wave." This was the wave of sound and fury that was to sweep out everything before it. The wave, alas, is still on the far horizon, if that's not merely a mirage of whine and wail, and the Democrats are left with only manufactured hysteria.

Hank Williams. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Showbiz funerals and high-church grief

- The Washington Times

Monetizing friendships and politicizing grief are not easy to do. You never want to be seen actually doing it. The hand must stay behind the curtain. But Washington and Hollywood, where successfully faking sincerity is high art, are forever tempted to try. Letting all that free ink and air time go to waste, like a crisis in Chicago, is, well, a waste.

President Barack Obama. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The monkey with a well-done nothingburger

- The Washington Times

Conversations are the mine fields in America's politics. A candidate, even a well-meaning Democrat, opens his mouth at his own risk. He might think he knows words and what they mean, but what he doesn't know is that everyone gets to play Humpty-Dumpty with Alice in Wonderland.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. (Associated Press)

An unexpected rose amidst the thorns

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump is unfair to his critics. They can't keep a negative narrative going no matter how hard they try because he keeps interrupting with unexpected good news. What's a respectable body to do?

Rep. Maxine Waters   Associated Press photo

The Democratic pursuit of the unholy dream

- The Washington Times

The Democrats and their mainstream media allies promise to make the impeachment of Donald Trump the first order of business if they take back the House of Representatives in November. If they win the votes to do it, they'll be entitled, whether it's a shameful enterprise or not.

Xi Jinping. (Associated Press)

Another attempt, another failure of suppression of faith

- The Washington Times

President Xi Jinping of China is about to learn what despots before learned, to their consternation, puzzlement and grief. He has set out, as Mao Zedong did before him, to crush and squeeze the Christians in China until he has eliminated them all.

Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar (Associated Press)

Giddy with moral victories and intramural success

- The Washington Times

Democrats have an impressive winning streak leading up to the November midterm congressional elections. Candidate after candidate has run up big numbers, leaving the party giddy with expectations of miracles to come.

Angela Merkel

The unlikely political feats of late summer

- The Washington Times

Jews are smart. Everyone knows that. We just didn't know how smart. Gen. Gholam Reza Jalili, the brilliant military mind of Iran, is a man not easily fooled. He has figured out that drought in Iran is the work of those wily Jews, identifying the problem as the International Jewish Cloud Conspiracy.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A wake-up call for the sleeping beauties

- The Washington Times

The midterm congressional election campaigns are about to be upon us. Labor Day is when campaigns get serious, and this year we still don't have a name for the Nov. 6 elections.

Al Capone. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Creative writing about Mr. Trump's troubles

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump's critics have made a wonderful contribution to our golden age of letters. But who could have guessed that this glorious abundance of creative writing would be found in political commentary?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The noisy clashing dreams of 2020

- The Washington Times

Even fake news has its standards, and fake news has its fans, depending on who the faker may be. A faker should not be confused with a fakir, a wandering Hindu holy man or sometimes a Muslim beggar of alms. They're all just trying to make a living.

Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Making sport calling out 'them lyin' newspapers

- The Washington Times

Calling out "them lyin' newspapers" has been standard stump speech since the first cave-man candidate invited the mob to start chunking rocks at the village blowhard. The chunking was such fun the custom survives.

Walter Matthau. (Associated Press)

Mainstream media are awash in a tsunami of trivia

- The Washington Times

The media is guilty of manifold sins, as God and everyone else know, but President Trump has misdiagnosed what's wrong with the media. It's not deliberate "fakery," but a tsunami of too much news badly edited, if edited at all. We're awash in information, much of it show-biz trivia that we don't need.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press)

Stumbling into hellfire in Helsinki

- The Washington Times

How does Donald Trump test the patience, forbearance, loyalty and endurance of the millions who trusted him to drain the swamp, restore a strong American voice in the world, cast out evil-doers and deliver America from the clutch of those who would trash the dream? Let us count the ways.