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Dick Polman

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Recent articles by Dick:

Dick Polman | Trump shows how unfit he is to lead

I’ve been reading Erik Larson’s new book, “The Splendid and the Vile,” which chronicles the first year of Winston Churchill’s wartime stint as prime minister. He was a gifted rhetorician who used t… → Read More

Dick Polman | Joe Biden staged a great political comeback

On Tuesday night, he won at least nine of Super Tuesday’s 14 primaries, including Texas, which nobody foresaw. He won states where he never set foot and never advertised. He posted shocker wins in … → Read More

Dick Polman | Trump trial is democracy’s ultimate test

In a column on the eve of the 2016 election, I warned that if Donald Trump were to inexplicably occupy the White House, he would wreak havoc on American values, and his “authoritarian sensibility” … → Read More

Dick Polman | ‘But her emails!’ A final farewell to fake scandal

Did you catch the important news story about Hillary Clinton the other day? I’m guessing you missed it, because it was buried beneath the latest bombshells about the Russia-abetted grifter who bare… → Read More

Dick Polman | Democratic circular firing squad forgot about Trump

Deep into Wednesday’s Democratic debate, exasperated Republican strategist John Weaver tweeted: “When the topic is criminal justice, how are they not talking about the criminal in the White House? … → Read More

Dick Polman | The numbing of America: Trump allegations treated as old news

In a normal universe, a vivid allegation of rape, leveled at a serially misogynist president, would be a news story worthy of 24/7 coverage. Heck, it would even be bigger than the recent feeding fr… → Read More

Naval gazing: Trump is still bedeviled by a dead man

The quintessential Ugly American arrived in England on Monday, where it didn’t take long for him to hurl insults at London’s mayor. But presumably his mood will be lightened by the abse… → Read More

Welcome to the Watergate Era 2.0

Dick Polman is the national political columnist at WHYY in Philadelphia and a "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania. Email him at dickpolman7@gmail.com.Read or Share this story: → Read More

The Trump regime wants you to believe the earth is flat

The Trump regime wants you to believe the earth is flat → Read More

Fealty to Trump or the Constitution?

Dick Polman is the national political columnist at WHYY in Philadelphia and a "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania. Email him at dickpolman7@gmail.com. Read or Share this story: → Read More

Chris Christie is desperate for any piece of the action

Chris Christie is desperate for any piece of the action → Read More

5 takeaways from the farcical Trump showdown

There is a concept in the American system called "checks and balances" There is a limit to the public's patience There is even a limit to the Senate Republicans' servility There are no limits to this regime's ignorance about how average people live There are no limits to his delusions Dick Polman is the national political columnist at WHYY in Philadelphia and a "Writer in Residence" at the… → Read More

Border 'crisis' distracts us from the true national emergency

Border 'crisis' distracts us from the true national emergency → Read More

If President Hillary Clinton had stormed out of a meeting ...

Column by Dick Polman about President Trump storming out of meeting, tweeting → Read More

Are Republicans finally smelling the Trumpster fire?

Column by Dick Polman about President Trump and Republicans → Read More

The Republican election fraud that Trump refuses to tweet about

In case you’re wondering why you should care about a scandal-ridden House race in North Carolina — the last race on the midterm calendar that has yet to be decided — I’ll simply quote congressional expert Molly Reynolds, who’s based at the Brookings think tank in Washington: “Fundamentally, all Americans have a stake in ensuring that our elections are conducted fairly and that their ability to… → Read More

Ridiculous Democratic rebellion against Nancy Pelosi

There’s an old saying, attributed to nobody in particular, that Democrats never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Their current opportunity is to close ranks after a major victory — their biggest haul of House seats since the Watergate midterms of 1974 — and march in 2019 with unified determination to battle the Trumpster fire. But alas, Democrats being Democrats, some House rebels… → Read More

There’s one big loser in the Kavanaugh fight

As we sift the mounting wreckage of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination, what happened in 1992 seems quite pertinent. That year, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Roe v. Wade, three of the majority justices were candidly concerned that Americans angered by the ruling might lose faith in the nation’s top judicial institution. They wrote that “the court’s legitimacy depends on making legally… → Read More

All talk, no action: A Republican metaphor

Congressional Republicans continue to abet and excuse Donald Trump’s relentless assaults on democratic norms and the rule of law. But if we were to focus on one particular guy who best embodies that spinelessness, someone who is a veritable metaphor for a party in moral eclipse, I strongly nominate Ben Sasse. The junior Republican senator from Nebraska has been furrowing his brow about Trump… → Read More

Lots of tips on living sanely in Trumplandia

The pollsters at Pew recently reported that 68 percent of Americans are suffering from news exhaustion, and that jibes with what I witness on an anecdotal basis. → Read More