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If you can’t beat them, impeach them

As soon as the new sexual harassment charge against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh came out, Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke all demanded Kavanaugh’s immediate impeachment. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), a member of the Democratic party’s always-irritated “Squad,” filed an impeachment resolution.

Here we go again.

State of the presidential race, to this point

Democrats desperate to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 have two big advantages. One, of course, is Trump himself. The other is the mainstream press. Media coverage of Democrats is like fawning biographies of the Kennedys, Clintons and Obamas. No matter what the Democratic protagonists do wrong, the journalists or biographers always make it come out right.

Not in your backyard. How about theirs?

In 1598, when a theater was being built in London for William Shakespeare’s acting troupe, local residents figured theater-goers would disrupt the neighborhood so they blocked construction. The Globe Theater ended up being built across the Thames.

More recently, Falls Village, Goshen and Salisbury have all rejected affordable housing in areas that residents deemed too sensitive, too idyllic or too inappropriate for such use. New sites will have to be acquired or the projects cancelled.

The real threat to democracy on the Fourth of July

During World War II, the author and essayist E. B. White was asked by the Writers’ War Board for a statement on “The Meaning of Democracy.”

As you’d expect from the writer who made “The Elements of Style” a beloved guide to clear, concise English for generations of students, White’s response was memorable and succinct.

“Surely the board knows what Democracy is,” he began his reply in The New Yorker for July 3, 1943:

Some Democrats, Trump agree on border

While Democrats continue to focus on undoing the last election, an obsession that may only ensure President Trump’s reelection, the southern border continues to fall apart.

Things have gotten so bad at the border that it’s no longer just Trump saying it’s an emergency. Even The New York Times agrees with him. The paper of record has been running front page stories detailing how badly the border is being overrun, with unsustainable strain on manpower and resources.

Why didn’t President John Kennedy put women in outer space decades ago?

The first all-female space walk was cancelled last week because NASA didn’t have space suits of the right size for both female astronauts. Most NASA suits are designed for men, who are larger. So the walk was changed to one woman and one man.

Predictably, this raised a cry about female victimhood in a male-dominated world. So a little background is in order.

Everybody’s hat is in the ring, including mine

Of the several thousand people expected to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, two of the early entrants are senators Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

Harris says she’s running out of a “sense of duty” and “love of country.” Gillibrand styles herself as a “young mom” who will “fight for your children” as hard as she would fight for her own.

We are all descended from someone, of course

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) launches her presidential bid, she’s scrambling to repair the damage caused by her decades-long claim of native ancestry. Liberal media is helping her by putting favorable spin on the story or ignoring it altogether.

We are all descended from some ancestors, but which ones?

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) launches her presidential bid, she’s scrambling to repair the damage caused by her decades-long claim of native ancestry. Liberal media is helping her by putting favorable spin on the story or ignoring it altogether.

Some things improve in afterlife

Reading the press accolades for the late President George H.W. Bush, it was difficult to reconcile today’s “revered statesman” with the “wimp” label the media pinned on him in office.

As vice president and then president in the 1980s and early 1990s, Bush was portrayed by the press as an out-of-touch bumbler, a national joke on late-night TV and in newsrooms. White House correspondents delighted in catching Bush in gaffes and in pointing out what, in their liberal view, were his wrong-headed policy positions, which was just about all of them.