TRUMP: TOO BIG FOR THE JOB

Henry David Thoreau famously observed “Most men live lives of quiet desperation.” After 14 months in office Donald Trump has demonstrated one thing for sure…he ain’t “most men”. The things that have burdened and constrained all of our previous presidents are, for Trump, inapplicable. We’re talking about things like facts, truthfulness, study, consultation with experts,

THE COUNTRY WANTS A REAL FIGHT

That’s what a real Presidential Election is supposed to be. When it’s over the country should feel a sense of cleansing and accomplishment. The winner invariably enjoys a job approval rating over 50% on Inauguration Day. In the the ten elections from Carter versus Ford in 1976 to Obama versus Romney in 2012, the country

BACK TO BASICS

When things get crazy slow everything down and go back to basics. The great truths have not been repealed….ignored, yes…but not repealed. Consider: NATURE (AND POLITICS) ABHORS A VACUUM (PARMENDIES, PHILOSPHER, GREECE, 485 BC) The Office of President of the United States is essentially vacant. The occupant is happy to spend his days at parades

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

The good news is that Trump is down to a record low in job approval for a President six months into his first term…36%. The bad news is that 36% is too high to get rid of him via impeachment in the House and removal in the Senate. Trump is losing the smattering of democrats

TRUMP … PLUS LONG KNIVES OUT FOR BANNON

I guess I should say something about the election. Everyone else has. So, in no particular order: Trump spoke FOR his people. Hillary spoke TO hers. If you read a transcript of the three debates, Hillary won them all. Watching them, Trump survived. He lived to fight another day. He let his people know he

THE CLINTONS AGAIN: BETTER THAN POKING YOURSELF IN THE EYE WITH A SHARP STICK … BUT NOT BY MUCH

The Clintons are coming again. Like a couple of huge Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons. They’ve been around forever. They’re totally familiar, clever opportunists … ambitious, greedy, unprincipled, and lacking a quarter ounce of political courage. They’re also inevitable. They’ve accumulated $100 million without either one of them having other than a government job for

STILL CAN’T HATE TRUMP

A while back, I said I can’t hate Trump. Still can’t. On Hillary, I’m having a hard time getting to where Barack Obama got with Hillary back in 2008. Remember, that is when he said to her at a debate in NH … “You’re likable enough, Hillary.” In my opinion, Obama exaggerated. But, he’s a

HILLARY FEELING IT

I had a story title before the debate started … Mrs. Know It All Schooled By The Class Clown. That would have been a fun story to write. Especially for someone who has been amused by Trump and very reluctantly supportive of Clinton. Someone like me, for instance. But then they actually had the debate.

HILLARY AND TRUMP RACE TO THE BOTTOM

I was going to compare the Presidential race to a mud wrestling match, but that would be unfair to mud wrestlers, most of whom are solid citizens. So, I’ll have to defer to conservative commentator Chucky Krauthammer, who called it a “race to the bottom with the one finishing second winning”. Think about that. Last

I’M FOR HILLARY … RELUCTANTLY

She hasn’t made it easy for me. Her speaking style grates and she rarely is able to hold the full attention of an audience. Plus, her relationship with the truth is ambiguous at best. Consequently, I’m definitely not for her in the same way I’ve been for Obama who, in my opinion, will go down