Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman is a columnist and blogger at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues and state and local politics. Jay Bookman generally writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.

Latest from Jay Bookman

Opinion : The how, what and why of a Trump lie

Posted: a minute ago

Donald Trump lies with an audacity and on a scale never before seen in American politics, and it’s tempting to get so caught up in the showmanship of it all that you miss what makes it work. So let me propose a different approach. Instead of focusing on the number and scale of Trump’s lies, what if we focused more intently on...
Opinion:  A Trump lie, dissected
 Donald Trump lies with an audacity and on a scale never before seen in American politics, and it's tempting to get so caught up in the showmanship of it all that you miss what makes it work. So let me propose a different approach. Instead of focusing on the number and scale of Trump’s lies, what if we focused more intently on one oft-repeated...

Posted: 18 minutes ago

Donald Trump lies with an audacity and on a scale never before seen in American politics, and it's tempting to get so caught up in the showmanship of it all that you miss what makes it work. So let me propose a different approach. Instead of focusing on the number and scale of Trump’s lies, what if we focused more intently on one oft-repeated...
Opinion: Trump attempts vote fraud
 In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, host Chris Wallace confronted Kellyanne Conway about an altered video involving CNN reporter Jim Acosta that the Trump White House had spread on Twitter. “Well, Chris, first of all,” Conway said, “What do you mean by edited, or as others are saying, ‘doctored video?’&rdquo...

Posted: a day ago

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, host Chris Wallace confronted Kellyanne Conway about an altered video involving CNN reporter Jim Acosta that the Trump White House had spread on Twitter. “Well, Chris, first of all,” Conway said, “What do you mean by edited, or as others are saying, ‘doctored video?’&rdquo...
Opinion: War escalates in Washington

Posted: 3 days ago

If you were wondering what the next two years might be like in Washington, wonder no longer. In President Trump’s words, it’s going to be a “warlike posture,” and that war began in a combative post-election press conference in which a defensive, angry Trump made clear that anybody who dares to cross him would become...
Opinion: Trump’s obstruction of justice
 Donald Trump has known for many months that he was going to dump Jeff Sessions as his attorney general at the very first opportunity. So he has had lots and lots of time to think about who and what he wanted in a replacement for Sessions, and he has used that time to give us Acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker. That’s the same...

Posted: 4 days ago

Donald Trump has known for many months that he was going to dump Jeff Sessions as his attorney general at the very first opportunity. So he has had lots and lots of time to think about who and what he wanted in a replacement for Sessions, and he has used that time to give us Acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker. That’s the same...
Opinion: A war in Washington
 If you were wondering what the next two years might be like in Washington, wonder no longer. In President Trump’s words, it’s going to be a "warlike posture," and that war began in a combative post-election press conference in which a defensive, angry Trump made clear that anybody who dares to cross him would become...

Posted: 5 days ago

If you were wondering what the next two years might be like in Washington, wonder no longer. In President Trump’s words, it’s going to be a "warlike posture," and that war began in a combative post-election press conference in which a defensive, angry Trump made clear that anybody who dares to cross him would become...
Opinion: A wave delayed
 The 2018 midterms did not produce the thorough repudiation of Donald Trump that Democrats desperately wanted, and that Trump himself had earned. Stacey Abrams likely did not become the first black governor of Georgia, Andrew Gillum did not become the first black governor of Florida and Beto O’Rourke did not defeat the unctuous Ted Cruz...

Posted: 6 days ago

The 2018 midterms did not produce the thorough repudiation of Donald Trump that Democrats desperately wanted, and that Trump himself had earned. Stacey Abrams likely did not become the first black governor of Georgia, Andrew Gillum did not become the first black governor of Florida and Beto O’Rourke did not defeat the unctuous Ted Cruz...
Opinion: The election no one won
 An historic election is behind us, yet we have settled nothing. A record turnout, all those billions of dollars, all that angry rhetoric and fear, and not a damn thing is resolved. To the contrary, the stage has now been set for confrontations over the next 24 months that are likely to prove more bitter, divisive and dangerous than those...

Posted: 6 days ago

An historic election is behind us, yet we have settled nothing. A record turnout, all those billions of dollars, all that angry rhetoric and fear, and not a damn thing is resolved. To the contrary, the stage has now been set for confrontations over the next 24 months that are likely to prove more bitter, divisive and dangerous than those...
Opinion: Kemp bungles, blusters and blames
 In its role as arbiter and overseer of elections, the office of Georgia secretary of state should operate as a public trust, ensuring all voters that the process of casting and counting votes will be fair and that nobody is trying to put a thumb on the scale to affect an election’s outcome.  Its sacred duty is to protect not just...

Posted: 8 days ago

In its role as arbiter and overseer of elections, the office of Georgia secretary of state should operate as a public trust, ensuring all voters that the process of casting and counting votes will be fair and that nobody is trying to put a thumb on the scale to affect an election’s outcome.  Its sacred duty is to protect not just...
Opinion: Not the best words, the worst words
 As the 2018 midterms wind toward a conclusion, the Republican Party and Donald Trump are choosing not to run a traditional GOP campaign. For example, they have all but ignored those massive tax cuts for corporations that a few months ago were to have served as the center pole of their campaign. And instead of renewing their assault on Obamacare...

Posted: 11 days ago

As the 2018 midterms wind toward a conclusion, the Republican Party and Donald Trump are choosing not to run a traditional GOP campaign. For example, they have all but ignored those massive tax cuts for corporations that a few months ago were to have served as the center pole of their campaign. And instead of renewing their assault on Obamacare...
Opinion: The problem of ‘nationalism’
 As the 2018 midterms wind toward a conclusion, the Republican Party and Donald Trump have chosen not to run a traditional GOP campaign. For example, they have chosen not to focus on the massive tax cuts for corporations that a few months ago were to have served as the center pole of their campaign.  And instead of renewing their assault...

Posted: 13 days ago

As the 2018 midterms wind toward a conclusion, the Republican Party and Donald Trump have chosen not to run a traditional GOP campaign. For example, they have chosen not to focus on the massive tax cuts for corporations that a few months ago were to have served as the center pole of their campaign.  And instead of renewing their assault...