James E. Risch

Pitts: This president has failed

Pitts: This president has failed

The Republican Party wants us to grade Donald Trump on a curve.

No other conclusion is possible after a week of high drama and reality avoidance that would have wrecked the president's good name, if he had one.

The highlight, of course, was former FBI Director James Comey testifying under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee and accusing Trump of "lies, plain and simple." But before we get to that, let's parse some of the weaselly evasions that preceded it.

The day before Mr. Comey's appearance, for instance, national security chiefs Mike Rogers and Dan Coats, testifying before the same committee, refused to answer directly when asked whether Trump...