● Shot: MSNBC Panel: ‘Donald Trump Believes in Autocracy,’ President Trump Has ‘The Mindset of a Dictator.’

NewsBusters, yesterday.

● Chaser: Tavis Smiley of PBS [while appearing on MSNBC]: ‘We’re All Working For Barack Obama.’

NewsBusters, January 9, 2009.

● Hangover:

Watching both the health care and climate/energy debates in Congress, it is hard not to draw the following conclusion: There is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today.

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century. It is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power. China’s leaders understand that in a world of exploding populations and rising emerging-market middle classes, demand for clean power and energy efficiency is going to soar. Beijing wants to make sure that it owns that industry and is ordering the policies to do that, including boosting gasoline prices, from the top down.

Thomas Friedman, the New York Times, September 9, 2009.

I’m happy to see the left rediscover Constitutional checks and balances, which only seems to happen when the president has an (R) after his name. Or as Glenn wrote in 2016, “if you favor liberty then the President should be a white, male Republican. Because then the Deep State will keep him in check.”