In the political world we now live in there are certain personal characteristics that seem to have blossomed. Forgive me for using a pretty word for it, since the blossoming in this case is the type that leads to dandelions, crab grass and poison ivy.
Last Saturday’s performance by comedian Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondents Dinner certainly hit a nerve with many people. Margaret Sullivan, former editor of the Buffalo News and currently the media columnist for the Washington Post, had an excellent article yesterday suggesting that for the sake of journalism the Correspondents Dinner should be discontinued. I am no fan of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but the personal attacks on Sanders by Wolf were offensive. Continue reading
As time goes on it is clear that the Republican Party is now really the Donald Trump Party. Large majorities of affiliated and leaning Republicans support Trump strongly, either because they really, really believe in what he says and does, no matter what; or in the case of many Republican elected officials, because they are really, really afraid of what the Trump base might do to them if they challenge Trump. Continue reading
We all get on a variety of email listservs over time. We might sign up for some of them, but many are just a waste of time.
If you’re in to following politics the emails can turn into a flood. From the various media outlets there are dozens of newsletters. Very few of them write original content. Most are aggregators of news and opinion pieces from other sources, and they generally overlap with one another. If you read one of the sites you can probably pass on reading 90 percent of the others available daily. Continue reading
Even if you ignore this year’s impending national elections (go ahead and try to do that), and even if you ignore the state race for governor which is coming into better focus, an observer has to be mystified by the low energy level of politics on the local level in 2018. Continue reading
Conor Lamb’s apparent special election victory in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district is stunning. A district that has regularly sent Republicans to Congress; a district that gave Donald Trump a 20 point victory 16 months ago; a slam-dunk district that the Republicans spent more than $10 million trying to hold on to – falls to a Democratic first-time candidate. The blue wave moves on. Continue reading
For a time period that seems like forever, Donald Trump and his loyal minions have been promising an aggressive and substantial infrastructure program to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, airports and waterways. It started during the campaign and the tweets and talking points still keep coming. Continue reading
“Nobody, no, nobody is gonna rain on my parade!” (Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl)
So Donald J. Trump wants a parade. He went to Paris last July to see the Bastille Day parade and decided that America needs a big ceremony like that. Trump the showman.
When you think about large military displays you might think autocratic; dictatorial; crazed military leader. Such events have been big in Europe. Hitler used to stage them regularly. So do the Russians, the Chinese and the North Koreans. That’s not too great as far as role models are concerned. Continue reading