Latest from Barton Swaim

Trump’s tweet on China and North Korea: What did he mean?

China tried, but it has not worked out. What now? Something important, apparently.
  • Jun 21, 2017
  • Opinion

If we’re laughing at ‘covfefe,’ things must not be so bad after all

Yes, we find it difficult to live together and our enemies abroad do not rest. But we are not a nation in peril, so we can share a chuckle.
  • May 31, 2017

On safety nets, swamp-draining, pump-priming and other misleading metaphors

When metaphors in politics are not just stupidly unhelpful, they’re designed to cut off debates.
  • May 25, 2017
  • Opinion

We’re not learning from the Trump story — because we’ve peeked at the last page

The media backlash against the president has been as shocking as the election result.
  • May 18, 2017

Trump’s critics need more than vague insinuations to stop him

Alleging “an unusually extensive network of relationships” won’t do it.
  • May 12, 2017
  • Opinion

Judge Trump by his actions. You might be surprised.

He lies all the time, but forget about his words for a while.
  • Apr 25, 2017

Trump has no policies. Is that bad?

Let’s not equate the adoption of policies with intelligence or righteousness.
  • Apr 12, 2017

President Trump’s guerrilla warfare

Whatever one’s view of Trump, he has mastered the art of fighting battles on his own terms.
  • Apr 5, 2017

When pundits say ‘the same people,’ they usually mean different people

The phrase is just a handy way to add a charge of dishonesty to their criticism.
  • Mar 31, 2017

Rex Tillerson isn’t into ‘press access’ — and that might be a good thing

Maybe his remarks weren't an expression of contempt for the media, but a rejection of a cynical game.
  • Mar 20, 2017