Pence goes to Arizona — and loses his way

SAN DIEGO — Politics is making me sick. I have written about pandering, broken promises, partisan spin, opinion polls, situational ethics, flip-flopping, echo chambers, red and blue states and all the rest for 30 years. And it has taken a toll. I’ve never been more cynical or more distrustful.


Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

Police in traffic stop didn’t deserve scolding

SAN DIEGO — Elitism is ugly. If you want to know how ugly, just watch the widely circulated video of an arrogant, obnoxious and profane political appointee scolding a couple of police officers during a traffic stop in Tenafly, New Jersey

The cringe-worthy..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

For journalists, dishonesty is not the best policy

SAN DIEGO — The dustup over an offensive rant by a comedian at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner should prompt journalists to take a hard look at themselves and their profession, and ask what has become of both in the era of Donald Trump.

For one thing, members..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

Cable TV loses clarity and provides static

Much of cable television has become toxic. The poison comes from overheated primetime shows that blend together things that don’t mix: news, analysis and opinion.

I’ve been a guest on these shows on multiple networks for more than 15 years, dating back to my first appearance on Fox News’..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

This means war!

The so-called ‘level playing field’ — such that it is — will never be level, not in trade and not in life

It’s war! A trade war, that is.

The United States is now in open conflict with China over age-old questions of who sells what to whom and at what price.

After the..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

Can you mix marriage with politics? Depends on your gender

SAN DIEGO — I’ve written about politics for 30 years, and I’ve been happily married for half as long. And, from making my way through the trenches of both adventures, here is what I’ve learned: My wife and I will at times disagree about politics. And, when this happens, I’m..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

Silly politicians, troops are for war

SAN DIEGO — In the Southwest, four governors are sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. To understand how dangerous this could be, you can listen to politicians or poets.

Consider what California Gov. Jerry Brown — the only Democrat in that cohort — said..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

Paul Ryan lost his way before finding the exit

SAN DIEGO — Paul Ryan has got to be looking forward to spending more time with his children, and less time defending a president who can’t stop acting like an adolescent.

For the speaker of the House — who says he will leave Congress after this term and not run for office..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

Our need to ‘share’ too much created monster called Facebook

SAN DIEGO — At the risk of being “unfriended” by members of Congress, there was a lot not to “Like” about the legislative branch’s assault this week on a certain social media site.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat for hours over two days in separate hearings..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns

Trump’s treatment of Mexico: Repeating the mistakes of the past?

About five years ago, a friend from Mexico who studies how marketing experts manipulate consumer habits put on a slideshow made up of symbols, and then asked me what word popped into my head with each image.

There was one symbol — which was actually a popular brand name — that conjured..

Posted by Ruben Navarrette in Columns
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