R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 06 Dec 2019 04:29:51 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/r-emmett-tyrrell-jr-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell 530b021ddea9b87b5e8de4ab9f3356a3 Grim Findings From the Journal of the American Medical Association for 12/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/12/19/grim-findings-from-the-journal-of-the-american-medical-association Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Washington &#8212; Do you spend much time reading the Journal of the American Medical Association? I must say I do not. Perhaps that is because I exercise regularly, eat nutritious meals, avoid drinking to excess and put in a 40-hour workweek &#8212; well, actually, a bit more than that, but I enjoy my work. At times, my work would more properly be described as recreational. One more thing: I took Pascal's bet a long time ago. What was his bet? Well, if one lives a good life, a life that the Almighty would approve of, why not go all in? Why not believe in the Almighty? That is what old Pascal came up with. </p> <p>A recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that an increasing number of Americans could improve their health by taking Pascal's famous bet and all that it entails. According to the Journal, Americans are falling behind the industrialized world in terms of longevity. Our longevity has declined for the past three years, and, according to the compilers of the report &#8212; Virginia Commonwealth University's Steven Woolf and Eastern Virginia Medical School's Heidi Schoomaker &#8212; the problem goes back to the 1980s. They lay the causes of a loss in longevity to obesity, alcoholism, drugs and suicide. In other words, they put the blame on life choices. </p> <p>Moreover, there is not much the medical corps can do to solve the problem. Writes Daniel Flynn in The American Spectator's newsletter Spectator A.M., "This decline in life expectancy coincides with a massive increase in healthcare spending." Flynn suggests that we look for the cure for declining longevity elsewhere. American lives lack meaning, he writes, and he goes on, "People fill the void by drinking, doing drugs, and overeating. When they come to see a hole at the bottom of the void that means to them that nothing can ever quench the thirst, they cease the search for meaning in their life and take action to end it." He concludes, "A doctor cannot cure the kind of sickness from which Americans increasingly suffer." Who can cure it? A social worker? A gifted psychiatrist? A rabbi, minister or priest?<p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> 1f884c32913d0e81833b6374a57be5bf Washington Awaits John Durham for 11/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/19/washington-awaits-john-durham Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; Last week, toward the end of the week, there appeared in our finest newspapers &#8212; The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal &#8212; a spate of news stories that set official Washington's mind at ease. As one of the great gazettes, The Washington Post, put it, "The Justice Department's internal watchdog (that would be Inspector General Michael Horowitz) is expected to find in a forthcoming report that political bias did not taint top officials running the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016." Nonetheless, the report will be criticizing "the bureau for systemic failures in its handling of surveillance applications, according to two U.S. officials." </p> <p>We shall have to wait until Dec. 9 to hear from Horowitz as to what those "systemic failures" were. Do these early reports on his work forecast a whitewash? It would appear so. But can anyone really take seriously that those "systemic failures" took place in the absence of bias? Such a claim requires a great deal of contortion. And the spate of stories last week suggests the form that contortion will take: Blame will fall not on Peter "We Will Stop Him" Strzok &#8212; the virulent hater of President Donald Trump who orchestrated the spying on the Trump campaign &#8212; but on a low-level lawyer named Kevin Clinesmith. We are led to believe by these stories that while Clinesmith was biased against Trump &#8212; Trump's victory had "devastated him," he wrote in an email &#8212; that bias never "tainted" his work or infected any of his colleagues. Many of whom, incidentally, are on record as sharing his bias. He was, you see, simply sloppy, or so the report is purported to say. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> 58605774a315f38e21de3d00c42ff11a The Book on the President for 11/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/19/the-book-on-the-president Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; I have just read a book that is very engaged in the challenges of our time. It is very informed and thoughtful. It is called "Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us," and it is written by Donald Trump Jr. It answers a question that I have had about Donald Trump Sr. since 2013, the year I formally met him and came to the conclusion that he could be president of the United States.</p> <p>"Triggered" could have been marketed as a textbook on modern-day conservative thought. All the arguments are there &#8212; for instance, the argument against Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's socialism, which she has never experienced. Don Jr. has. He visited his grandfather in Czechoslovakia when the country was still Communist. There he witnessed the empty shelves of retail stores. He heard his mother's family talk about waiting in line for hours just to purchase one orange. Don Jr. makes the case for the market, which allows scarce resources to be allocated in a free society, allowing the citizenry to put those resources to productive use. The result is prosperity. "Triggered" makes the case for limited government. It makes the case against identity politics and political correctness, and it takes on the issue of racism, arguing with certitude that we have racism in America but not as widely as the left says we have it. Their charges are exaggerated. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> d165c6228018fcef1de4aa265d80a67f Impeaching America's Future for 11/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/19/impeaching-americas-future-80465 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It is slowly becoming ever clearer whom exactly the Democrats are zeroing in on as their key voting bloc for 2020. It is not the youth vote, contrary to the received opinion. The youth vote is always in danger of oversleeping, and by 4 p.m., most are in danger of being lured to happy hour. It would be just like the Trump team to lure the kids, especially the college kids, to the bars rather than allow them to do their civic duty and vote Democratic &#8212; or, in some cases, vote communist. The Democrats are not going to waste their time on such unreliable voters. </p> <p>Nor is the union vote likely to be targeted by the Democrats. The union vote is nowadays relatively small &#8212; and getting smaller all the time, thanks to the Trump economy. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Nor is it the angry women's vote being targeted by the Democrats. After all, the angry women are, frankly, just too irritable to be relied upon to show up at the polls.</span> They will probably vote Democratic in small numbers, but many might very well stay home on Election Day or have automobile accidents on their way to the voting booth.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> b79ef59ea93f1e13a22230b470fc6dcb Impeaching America's Future for 11/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/19/impeaching-americas-future Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; What does the future have in store for us if Congress succeeds in impeaching President Donald Trump, the president who presides over the best economy America has had in the last 50 years? <span class="column--highlighted-text">I think you can look to South America for a glimpse of the great republic that will be vouchsafed us by the congressgirls from what is called "the Squad" and from the most foulmouthed field of Democratic candidates ever to run for the presidency.</span> Already the Democratic National Committee has asked the candidates to avoid crude back-alley language in their debates, and NBC News has requested that they abide by the guidelines of the Federal Communications Commission.</p> <p>Last week, as many as 1 million Chileans poured into the streets of Santiago demanding that President Sebastian Pinera step down and that someone confect a new constitution for the country that a generation ago was saved from communism by the dictator Augusto Pinochet.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> be23d3107fd67553e2510edb1d63e940 The Bell Is About to Toll for 10/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/19/the-bell-is-about-to-toll Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It has taken a long time, but finally the Justice Department is training its guns on what heretofore was unthinkable, unless you're a career civil libertarian. </p> <p>For years, the civil libertarians have been warning us that the Intelligence Community posed a threat to democracy as we know it in the United States. Every so often, they would point to some excess of the FBI or the CIA and tell us that the lights were going out in democratic America. Does not The Washington Post run atop its front page the maudlin line "Democracy Dies in Darkness"? <p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p> 55429dd440caaba4054d4e4061029e59 The Atheists Vs. Bill Barr for 10/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/19/the-atheists-vs-bill-barr Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The insistence on the separation of church and state has taken a draconian leap. Not only is religion to be extirpated from all government activity; even the public <i> mention </i> of religion is to be frowned upon.</p> <p>Certainly, the mention of religion in a public setting is to be frowned upon if one is a government official. That is what we learned a couple of weeks ago when Attorney General William Barr spoke at the University of Notre Dame Law School. </p> <p>He spoke on the place of religion in public life. Had he spoken out on the prevalence of concussions on the Notre Dame football field, his remarks would have gone down better. He might then have gone on to remark on the value of redesigned football helmets in lowering the incidence of head injuries. But Barr addressed the state of religion in our lives and the forces that are arrayed against religion, for instance: the forces of the militant atheists, the nihilists and the secularists, the last of whom really do not give a damn. These secularists do know which way the wind is blowing, and they are with the wind. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 24, 2019</p> 27964ccb8832547ac732c0679aff7acc The Party of the Foul Mouths for 10/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/19/the-party-of-the-foul-mouths Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The members of what was once called the "party of conscience" &#8212; that is to say, the Democratic Party &#8212; have denounced President Donald Trump for his sallies into vulgarity. Well, hear, hear! I am with you all the way, fellows and fellowesses! Let us resist the temptation to sound like shock jocks on the campaign trail. Yet, I don't think Trump is at the heart of the problem.</p> <p>I have not heard of the Republican National Committee caution the president against using crude, back-alley language while campaigning. <span class="column--highlighted-text">It is the Democratic National Committee that has repeatedly had to caution its candidates for high office against vile language, and I am not talking about some dirty-mouthed candidate from some remote congressional seat.</span> I am talking about the Democratic National Committee cautioning its top-tier presidential candidates against using foul language that runs athwart Federal Communications Commission guidelines.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> 47c0304f2d3e437716812d5b9abc63de What's Happening on Campus? for 10/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/19/whats-happening-on-campus Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; What a weekend it was! The soft gentle air of early autumn was upon us. Sweater weather. Straw hat weather. Perfect weather to be on campus with a convivial crowd of like-minded friends taking in a Saturday afternoon football game &#8212; and for me, something more. It was another episode in my long-standing reconnoitering of college life, always done incognito with a smile on my face and a pen and pad nearby to record the continued decline of a once-great American institution, the American university.</p> <p>I always stay at the main university hotel, right in the heart of campus life. I always wear the home team's colors so as not to rouse suspicion. Most importantly, I never tell anyone what I'm doing. That is to say, <span class="column--highlighted-text">I'm doing counterespionage work against an enemy even more dangerous than the mainstream media. In fact, this enemy is the mainstream media's main source of nonsense: the professoriate.</span> What is going on in the women's studies programs, the black studies programs, the vegetarian studies programs and all the other non-studies programs that have taken over from the humanities and rendered university life so trivial? <p>Updated: Thu Oct 10, 2019</p> ca8714dcae59efdb48a1d1aaaec6ae76 Talk of Impeachment Inspires Talk of Hillary for 10/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/19/talk-of-impeachment-inspires-talk-of-hillary Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; How is the Democrats' impeachment inquiry going to turn out? Well, we've already been through the impeachment inquiry, though it was called by another name. It was called the collusion inquiry, and it turned out as most conservatives said it was going to turn out. They said there was no evidence, and Robert Mueller, who conducted the official inquiry, found no evidence. By the way, I insist that Mueller is an honorable man. His service to the country was notable. In my opinion, he is a hero in this epic battle between President Donald Trump and the Democrats. Will there be another hero?</p> <p>The impeachment inquiry will proceed along the lines the collusion inquiry followed. After each leak, each new accusation, even after each new twist and turn of the collusion proceedings, the left celebrated and then quieted down. Why did they quiet down? Because the conservatives were right with their rejoinder: "There is no evidence." There will be no evidence found for impeachment either. Why?<p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> 1bf306e7f1d47b08ae106117bde5809a The Homeless You Will Always Have With You, but Not Too Close for 09/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/19/the-homeless-you-will-always-have-with-you-but-not-too-close Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Every morning, I take the four morning newspapers I subscribe to into the kitchen and glance at their front pages as I eat. Occasionally, I have a little trouble downing my matutinal feast, as the front pages, especially those of The New York Times and The Washington Post, are usually repulsive.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times generally cover the same stories as the Times and the Post, but their editors are more considerate of us readers. They realize that their newspapers are probably going to be read, at least at first, by readers who're breakfasting.</span> Thus, no corpses, no people bleeding to death, no catastrophic accidents and, please, no victims of starvation or other grisly events involving food. Those are invariably the subjects covered by our Newspapers of Conscience, or whatever they're pleased to call themselves.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p> c36d4a8a3d37f70b5ae12d0c2138f4a3 The Pope Lies for 09/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/19/the-pope-lies Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Recently, Pope Francis gave a press conference while returning to the Vatican from a trip to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. During his press conference he, of course, lied. What else does one do at a press conference? The lies were understandable; he was making a political statement against capitalism and against America, two of his favorite bugaboos. Yet, is it ever all right for the pope to lie? I shall leave that matter to the theologians. I do wonder, though, who is hearing the pope's confession these days?</p> <p>His most obvious lie came when he said that his conservative critics, mainly in the United States, have criticized him for saying what he claims were "the same things" that previous conservative popes have said about capitalism. He mentioned Pope John Paul II, who is dead and cannot rebut him. Pope Francis said: "They are the same things John Paul II said. The same! I copy him." Then he threw in something about his critics screaming that "the pope's too communist" &#8212; "the pope" meaning him.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> 12ccfbc2994b2b1c5be73372afac0fd4 Climate Change and the Democrats for 09/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/19/climate-change-and-the-democrats Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Climate change is one of those issues that the bien-pensants around the world all agree upon. We must act! If we do not act, people will lose their beach houses. Plants will wither and die. Birds will fall from the sky. Just last week, whole communities in the Caribbean were swept away.</p> <p>There are, however, problems with eliminating or ameliorating climate change. For one thing, modern technology cannot seem to keep up with people's ability to dream. Daydreams outpace technology every time. Dream up a problem such as climate change and I guarantee you it will be years before climate change is solved by technology. Though when I ponder some of the solutions now being offered for climate change, it might be worth the wait.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> 0865c1e98f4fcd27a835c7d8bd45b58e The Gaffable Joe Biden for 09/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/09/19/the-gaffable-joe-biden Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Recently, in Hanover, New Hampshire, former Vice President Joe Biden &#8212; the gaffable Joe Biden &#8212; stitched together a stupendous concatenation of gaffes that ought to put him out of the race for the Democratic nomination. But apparently, it will not. </p> <p>This is good news for those of us who like a good laugh or a whole string of good laughs. If Joe makes it to the Democratic nomination after surpassing Beto, Pocahontas, Crazy Bernie and all the others, the 2020 election will be the most entertaining in American history, and then President Donald Trump can get back to ministering to the economy, the courts and affairs of state. Yet, first savor Joe's Hanover masterpiece. It apparently will be the first of many. The mainstream media is urging him on.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 05, 2019</p> 5751391e04d3a346f4fff0c78d709601 Remembering David Koch for 08/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/19/remembering-david-koch Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; David Koch, one of the two celebrated Koch brothers known to millions of Americans who follow the news, passed away last Friday. He was 79.</p> <p>Now there is only one Koch brother to appear in the news. Yet the name Koch will be around for years. One sees the name frequently when business is being discussed, in discussions of the arts, in discussions of politics, particularly libertarian politics.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> 752efd673f3c1605e97a9068d4573e34 Woodstock, the Last Word for 08/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/19/woodstock-the-last-word Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Well, all the palaver about the 50th anniversary of Woodstock has finally shut down. The reminiscences, the brave statements, the claptrap about how beautiful we all were &#8212; it is over. Now the Woodstockians can get back to their retirement communities, their gerontologists, their rehab centers yet again. </p> <p>Apparently, I am not going to be invited back to reflect on that idiotic jamboree. I actually made a memorable appearance, but not at Woodstock. I avoided the mud and the cheap wine, beer and illicit drugs. Yet when NBC wanted to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Woodstock, I made a clever effort to be there.</p> <p>It was not because I was interested in rock 'n' roll or because I was a radical student who opposed deodorant and the war in Vietnam. It was because I have long had a sociological interest in the 1960s generation. I favored the conservative element of the generation. I was critical of the radical element of the generation. I knew by 1984 that the radical and doped-up members of the 1960s generation had generally composed the audience at Woodstock, and I wanted &#8212; 15 years later &#8212; to render my judgment. A nationally televised stage would be the perfect place to do it.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> ebfce293976ea39d1aa8057e0332f67b Democrats -- the Party of Dirty Language for 08/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/19/democrats-the-party-of-dirty-language Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I was traveling with candidate Trump during the 2016 campaign, and we spent a night at the Trump National Doral Miami. I had to leave early to get back to Washington, so I took a taxi the next morning from the hotel to the airport. In the course of that ride, I answered a call from my colleague Wlady Pleszczynski, who reported that Trump was apparently braving charges from the Democrats that he was a racist. What did I think? I told Wlady that there was no evidence that Donald was a racist, and we hung up. But my confrontation over Donald's alleged racism was not over. My driver wanted to comment. He was a gentleman of color. He was not a gentleman of shades, as is the case with Cory Booker or Kamala Harris, two candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination and people who are voluble on the matter of color. Recall how Harris put poor old Joe Biden on the defensive when she alleged that it was "racist" for him to brag of how he had worked with two Southern segregationists way back in his 40 years of public life. Why did Joe not boast to her, as Ronald Reagan boasted to Walter Mondale, "I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience"? Joe, if you could steal a line from Neil Kinnock about his penurious youth, you could steal a joke from President Reagan. Boy, Joe, you are still a long way from the White House.</p> <p>At any rate, as I was saying, my taxi driver at the Trump Doral was a gentleman of color. He had heard me talking about racism as it related to Donald Trump, and he fervently objected to talk of Trump being a racist. He argued that the workforce at the Doral was heavily staffed with African Americans, and his piece de resistance was that the head of security there was an African American. "All right, all right, already," I responded, and I tipped him 30% as we shook hands at the airport. Not everyone in America is neurotic about skin color. Many of us yearn to get along peacefully. Unfortunately, after this election it is going to take a while for average Americans to get back to normalcy about race relations. There are too many in the Democratic Party and in the media who want to talk about race, and their talk is always one way: They talk, and we listen. It has been going on this way for 60 years.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> c5166242b56b0127f6b6d1037f949d07 How Left Will They Go? for 08/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/08/19/how-left-will-they-go Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; After a week of watching the Democrats in debate, I ask myself, "How far to the left are the Democratic presidential candidates going to take their party?" I have been told on solid authority that they are going to insist at the next debate that participants address one another as Mr. Comrade and Ms. Comrade. That was the way it was done in the glory days of the old Soviet Union, and that is the direction these Democrats are headed. Some of us old Cold Warriors have our doubts that the candidates would object if we were to call them communists. The Democrats used to become very indignant when we called them communists. Now they must think it is a compliment. </p> <p>Furthermore, it has been suggested by some party strategists, I am told, that they want to arrest President Donald Trump. The arrest could be called a citizen's arrest, or perhaps a people's arrest. Some have suggested that Melania Trump be arrested for breach of our immigration laws and sent back to Slovenia. Moreover, I am told that Donald Trump's son young Baron Trump should be put up for adoption to protect him from his father's "toxic masculinity." I am not sure this is accurate, but I thought I would pass it on to you. The whole Trump family, not just the president, unhinges these Democrats. </p> <p>I am not sure that the Democratic candidates will become this extreme, but last week was extreme enough. I heard talk from the candidates of free college education, free health care for all, drastic reordering of our energy policies, elimination of immigration laws and slavery reparations &#8212; yes, slavery reparations! <p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> 9fd89265aff310a7952809fc237bfb5d Obituarizing Wes Pruden for 07/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/07/19/obituarizing-wes-pruden Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; We live in an era that must be very confusing for people who do not immerse themselves fully in politics. For that matter, we live in an era that is very confusing to people who <i> do </i> immerse themselves in politics.</p> <p>Supposedly, the contending forces are two, the liberals and the conservatives.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 25, 2019</p> 9f190e15d570f4b3d25e0ca89bdada40 House Speaker Pelosi, Laugh the Girls off for 07/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/07/19/house-speaker-pelosi-laugh-the-girls-off Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I preside from time to time over a supper club called the Saturday Evening Club. It meets in Washington and occasionally in New York. We try to invite special guests from either of the major political parties to discuss important issues they deem worth discussing. I say from either of the major political parties, but only one party ever responds to our invitation. I shall not name the party that abstains from my invitation, and for that matter, I shall not name the party that often responds to my invitation. We must be fair-minded. </p> <p>Apropos of the Saturday Evening Club, I recently heard from the office of the most famous freshman member of Congress. I invited Congressgirl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be our special guest at a dinner some months ago. Her office finally replied with a telephone call. Though the call was very businesslike, the message was somewhat confusing. I believe the import of the message was that she would not be able to attend the dinner because her mother did not want her staying out that late, and besides, her mother has her on a gluten-free diet. Well, at least the Saturday Evening Club tried, and Congressgirl Ocasio-Cortez took the time to reply during a very busy time.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p>