Kathleen Parker’s Sunday’s column, “ Like Quixote, Trump just makes it up,” compared the fictional Quixote’s delusions and falsehoods to those of President Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON -- She can't let go.
She can't stop talking about what happened. She wrote an entire book about it. Now she's telling people in other countries about why she should have won. In India last weekend, she told an audience that she won in all the smart, cool places and then hit a pandering low that puts a catalogue of others to shame.
By Kathleen Parker
WASHINGTON -- At least they're doing something, which is about the most one can say about Florida's proposed gun bill.
But doing something and doing something effective are very different animals.
State legislators under pressure to "do something" following the murders of 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, cobbled together a bill that likely wouldn't do much good.
WASHINGTON — At least they’re doing something, which is about the most one can say about Florida’s proposed gun bill.
But doing something and doing something effective are very different animals.
State legislators under pressure to “do something” after the murders of 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, cobbled together a bill that likely wouldn’t do much good.
Kathleen Parker: Seeking gun sanity after Parkland
WASHINGTON — As pressures mount for Congress to “just do something” about mass shootings, Americans would do well to seek solutions closer to home.
City by city, state by state, people have every right and reason to enact their own strict gun laws rather than wait for federal lawmakers to abandon their preferred pretzel poses.
WASHINGTON — It was a good speech.
Calm down. I said good.
Despite talking for an hour and 20 minutes, the longest speech since Bill Clinton’s much-mocked 2000 stem-winder, Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address did exactly what it needed to do: nothing.
KATHLEEN PARKER: You would be a fool not to conclude Trump has something to hide
WASHINGTON -- Conspiracies. Secret societies. Witch hunts.
During the past year, we've heard reference to all of the above to explain away any suggestion of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election.
WASHINGTON — It was probably only a matter of time before some unbalanced person decided that he needed to take out a few members of the “fake news” media.
And it was inevitable that his actions — in this case, his threats — would be placed at the feet of Donald Trump, who has spent a considerable amount of time and energy demonizing the media. If you’re a disturbed 19-year-old, then maybe you hear a call to arms from the commander in chief.
KATHLEEN PARKER: Taylor Weyeneth story suggests systemic problems for Trump
WASHINGTON -- If the name Taylor Weyeneth rings a tiny bell in your head, then you might be related to him. Otherwise, the 24-year-old was until a week ago an unknown if powerful member of the Trump administration: deputy chief of staff in the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
WASHINGTON — If the name Taylor Weyeneth rings a tiny bell in your head, then you might be related to him. Otherwise, the 24-year-old was until a week ago an unknown if powerful member of the Trump administration: deputy chief of staff in the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
CAMDEN, S.C. -- While recently perusing unread books gathering dust on my shelves, one tome caught my eye and, upon being loosed from the grip of neglect, fell open to a random page from which leapt the following sentence: "The ancestors of a critical and growing mass of present-day Americans existed in dung heaps of humanity amidst rotting vegetables."
Naturally, the line seemed providential -- if you happen to be a columnist.
I just can't keep myself from answering reader questions.
After last week's column on our decision not to endorse political candidates this year, and also on the political leanings of some of our syndicated columnists, reader Mark Liebow wrote this:
On Dec. 29, “BPI settles suit with ABC” was The Sioux City Journal’s second most important story of 2017. Inside, Kathleen Parker’s Opinion page column was headlined “Facts and truth matter most of all.”
KATHLEEN PARKER: As new Miss America chairwoman, Gretchen Carlson comes full circle
WASHINGTON -- If karma is a b----, justice is a beauty queen.
After recent revelations that the CEO of the Miss America Organization and its pageant scriptwriter were talking trash about past winners, the board fired them both and installed Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America 1989 and Fox News anchor, as its new chairwoman.
WASHINGTON — As a functional obsessive-compulsive, I’m never happier than at year’s end when I get to make lists. Herewith, my picks for the most important stories of 2017:
This year my list is short: “Fake News” — from which all cursings flow.
WASHINGTON -- As a functional obsessive-compulsive, I'm never happier than at year's end when I get to make lists. Herewith, my picks for the most important stories of 2017:
This year my list is short: "Fake News" -- from which all cursings flow.
Kathleen Parker: Words that weren’t banned and those that should be
WASHINGTON — The recent excitement over an incredible story about the government trying to ban certain words reminded me of all the words and phrases I despise and wish were banned.
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WASHINGTON — As the #MeToo movement gained momentum the past several weeks — and more than a dozen powerful men accused of sexual misconduct were suspended, fired or banished into the outer darkness, it was reasonable to wonder where it would all end.
WASHINGTON -- As the #MeToo movement gained momentum the past several weeks -- and more than a dozen powerful men accused of sexual misconduct were suspended, fired or banished into the outer darkness, it was reasonable to wonder where it would all end.
WASHINGTON — That special place in hell everyone keeps talking about is getting mighty crowded.
The ball got rolling in 2016 when former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright quipped that there was a “special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” At the time, she was introducing Hillary Clinton at a New Hampshire campaign event.
KATHLEEN PARKER: ‘Is it just me, or is it getting humid down here?’
WASHINGTON -- That special place in hell everyone keeps talking about is getting mighty crowded.
The ball got rolling in 2016 when former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright quipped that there was a "special place in hell for women who don't help each other." At the time, she was introducing Hillary Clinton at a New Hampshire campaign event.
WASHINGTON — At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversation with a Russian ambassador.
WASHINGTON — The phrase “the truth will out” has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so.
Sometimes Truth needs a little nudge, as was the case recently when an anti-media organization, absurdly named “Project Veritas,” apparently invented a story intended to impugn The Washington Post (and the media more broadly), while also helping Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
WASHINGTON — When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked the press corps Monday to preface their daily briefing questions with a statement of thankfulness, reporters obliged.
Or, should we say, obeyed.
For this, no doubt, Sanders was grateful.
Yet again, she controlled the crowd, though this time by candy-coating her usual condescension with faux fellowship.
WASHINGTON — Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: “I believe the women.”
All across America, forks dropped, glasses shattered and knees wobbled as women turned to each other in astonishment. Wait. What? Did he say what I think he said?
Suddenly, McConnell, whose characteristic solemnity inspires envy in statues, suddenly became irresistibly magnetic. Admit it: You wanted to hug him.
WASHINGTON -- Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore didn't do what he's alleged to have done, which might give the U.S. Senate another Democratic vote.
WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016. Donald Trump's victory places last year as one of the most significant in modern American history. Not only did he change how politics is played, but he probably destroyed the Republican Party as we knew it. Most important, he will go down as one of the most effective politicians of all time, at least beyond the Beltway.
WASHINGTON — ‘Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016.
Donald Trump’s victory places last year as one of the most significant in modern American history. Not only did he change how politics is played, but he probably destroyed the Republican Party as we knew it. Most important, he will go down as one of the most effective politicians of all time, at least beyond the Beltway.
By Kathleen Parker
WASHINGTON -- Latest to the vandals goes Teddy Roosevelt, whose bronze likeness astride a horse in front of New York's American Museum of Natural History recently received a splash of red paint upon its base.
"Now the statue is bleeding," proudly pronounced a group of protesters in claiming credit for the makeover. "We did not make it bleed. It is bloody at its very foundation."
WASHINGTON — Beware the low-level volunteer.
Virtually unheard of before Monday, when the FBI indicted two of President Trump’s campaign staffers, George Papadopoulos is either the key to Russian collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election — or a lying “low level volunteer,” as the president tweeted early Tuesday morning.
WASHINGTON — Latest to the vandals goes Teddy Roosevelt, whose bronze likeness astride a horse in front of New York’s American Museum of Natural History recently received a splash of red paint upon its base.
“Now the statue is bleeding,” proudly pronounced a group of protesters in claiming credit for the makeover. “We did not make it bleed. It is bloody at its very foundation.”
SECURITY CHECK: I hear dogs barking in the yards all the time in the Highlands where I live. I walk by and see fences that aren't tall enough to keep the dogs inside. They get out all the time. Some are pit bulls, some are not, but where is the enforcement of the ordinance?
ONE WAY: Columnist Kathleen Parker is relentless in her opinions and criticism against Trump, some right some wrong. But where was her scrutiny of Obama when he was president for eight years? Total silence.
WASHINGTON -- Depending upon one's distance from all things Twitter, recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood are either the tipping point we've been waiting for -- or just another shark attack until the next one.
If you're former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose book, "Be Fierce," was released just as Harvey Weinstein was falling from grace, we're in the midst of a Malcolm Gladwell sequel.
WASHINGTON — Depending upon one’s distance from all things Twitter, recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood are either the tipping point we’ve been waiting for — or just another shark attack until the next one.
If you’re former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose book, “Be Fierce,” was released just as Harvey Weinstein was falling from grace, we’re in the midst of a Malcolm Gladwell sequel.
WASHINGTON — Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody’s a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Or, more to the point, when everyone’s slurping from the same trough, who’s a pig?
WASHINGTON -- To review the left's reaction to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is to infer he's the spawn of Dracula -- a cruel and bloodless beast who shrinks from the light and plays havoc with history.
WASHINGTON — First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya.
Move it up, folksRe: “Trump: Halt new Air Force ones,” Business, Dec. 7:Ever since Donald Trump decided to run for president, we have had more than our share of fake news, which I’m beginning to call propaganda. Because of this, I read very critically, always trying to check sources.After reading on Facebook one morning that Trump’s tweet against Boeing followed Boeing’s CEO criticizing Trump’s trade policies, as stated in the Chicago Tribune, I...
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A deep stillness settled over the federal courtroom as graphic photos were shown of the nine people murdered last year at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church.
WASHINGTON -- On the first stop of his "thank you" tour in Ohio Thursday, president-elect Donald Trump hit replay on several of his campaign tropes.
Among the crowd pleasers, he heckled the "crooked media," prompting boos from the audience, and reiterated his pledge to criminalize flag burning.
WASHINGTON -- Of all the losers in this season of discontent, the mainstream media top the list. I don't say this lightly and sincerely fear that loss of faith in journalism ultimately will cause more harm to the nation than any outside enemy could hope to.
WASHINGTON -- Witnesses who tuned in to Donald Trump and Barack Obama's post-election get-together can't have missed the change in the president-elect's demeanor and affect.
Quiet and reserved, he seemed almost chastened. Dare I say, humble, and deferential to the man whose citizenship he challenged for years leading up to his candidacy.
WASHINGTON — One more week, give or take.
It seems nearly impossible that an election season that began approximately four years ago is nearing its end. After almost two years of speeches, rallies and raunch, this presidential campaign has become just another sound in the white noise of life. Like "Groundhog Day," or perdition, it seemed it never would end.
WASHINGTON — If Beltway insiders and other East Coast elites ever wondered why so many Americans prefer Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton, all they need do is watch a rerun of Thursday night's 71st annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner.
WASHINGTON -- Only in the strangest-ever presidential election could a former beauty queen's weight be considered a deal-breaking issue of, if I may, gargantuan proportions.
KATHLEEN PARKER: Hillary’s Heel? Her Ever Eroding Trustworthiness
WASHINGTON -- When I wrote the headline "Hillary's heel," I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife's pantsuit hem.
By Kathleen Parker
WASHINGTON -- When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?, I thought, well, that could be fun.
By Kathleen Parker
PHILADELPHIA -- If political conventions tell us anything beyond the predictable, the one held last week in Cleveland and the other going on this week in Philadelphia pose contrasts so stark that one wonders if the two groups hail from the same country. Hint: One of them didn't present a diverse cross-section of America.
Whereas Cleveland's arena was a relatively sparsely populated panorama of predominantly pale faces animated by anger,...
By Kathleen Parker
CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump was a man in full Thursday night as he accepted the Republican nomination: Full-throated, full of fury and full of himself: "I am your voice"; "I alone can fix it [the system]"; "I am the law and order candidate."
And the teeming throng of red-, white- and blue-bedecked patriots loved all 75 minutes of an acceptance speech in which the candidate promised to -- stop me if you've heard this -- make America great...