The president sends a message to his lawbreaking loyalists: Maintain silence and you'll earn your "get out of jail free" card.
As it turns out, it can be quite difficult to defend the indefensible.
A litany of naive decisions has enshrined a system in which the rot lives right out in the open.
The Sondland scandal should prompt lawmakers to end the practice of rewarding deep-pocketed cronies with plum overseas postings.
The Beltway pundit set should, perhaps, take his baseball-fan opponents seriously, not literally.
Lacking any defense on the merits, the president wants his allies to delegitimize the impeachment inquiry—and be seen doing it.
Four debates in, the candidates have yet to address the ballot barriers and purges that threaten their chances in the next election.