John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.
A return to decency with Biden’s win? Not yet. But we’re on the way
By: John L. Micek - November 9, 2020
HARRISBURG, PA — I was walking along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg on the Saturday afternoon that we, and the world, learned that Joe Biden had bested Donald Trump to become the president-elect of the United States. The November sun was unseasonably warm on my face, and a cool breeze blew in from the west. […]
Tom Nichols would like the soul of the GOP back, please
By: John L. Micek - October 30, 2020
Tom Nichols is on a tear. QAnon conspiracy theorists are “narcissists.” Aging Republican GenXers have been “huffing too much conservative press,” with Trumpism as the ultimate midlife crisis. And COVID-19 deniers “would rather be dead than wrong.” Nichols, an author, magazine commentator, television pundit, and professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., […]
Micek: Trump is ancient history. Kamala Harris is America as it is now.
By: John L. Micek - August 18, 2020
If there is a more authentically American story than the one of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, you’d have to make it up. On Tuesday, the California Democrat, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, became the first Black woman in American history to be named to a presidential ticket. And across the United States on […]
Trump isn’t serious about delaying the election. He’s deadly serious about destroying its legitimacy.
By: John L. Micek - August 6, 2020
Abe Lincoln didn’t do it. And he was busy trying to hold the Union together. FDR didn’t do it. And he was leading the nation through the most violent days of the second World War. But Donald Trump, self-styled “wartime president,” Florida resident, and long-time absentee voter, waded into territory that two of the nation’s […]
Latest ‘scandal’ a reminder of the Obama we know and the one in Trump’s head
By: John L. Micek - May 18, 2020
We’ve known for a long time that former President Barack Obama lives rent-free inside Donald Trump’s brain. From trying to tear down the Affordable Care Act to his bizarre and baseless accusation that the prior administration didn’t leave him the testing apparatus or counsel to prepare for the current COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no problem too […]
Trump’s attacks on independent oversight tell you all you need to know about his priorities
By: John L. Micek - April 10, 2020
President Donald Trump’s twin dismissals, just days apart, of two, highly respected government watchdogs, and an attack on still another, is a reminder of a fundamental truth: When it comes to making the key policy and political decisions that affect us all, Trump is guided by his own political self-preservation, not the well-being of the […]
Here’s the danger at the heart of Trump’s meddling in the judiciary | John L. Micek
By: John L. Micek - February 17, 2020
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was absolutely right about this much: President Donald Trump has learned his lesson. And he’s learned it by heart. Thanks to the Senate’s cowardly abdication of its responsibilities two weeks ago, the Republican president now feels absolutely emboldened to trample on what few constitutional norms remain standing in Washington D.C. In the barely […]