AN OFFER HE COULDN’T REFUSE

Maybe Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi made Zelensky an offer he couldn’t refuse. Like, for instance, an opportunity to speak to a Joint Meeting of the Congress. Nancy has sole control of the House Floor until January 3, 2023. Time was of the essence. She’s not going to give that away. Please. Nancy Pelosi didn’t

NANCY PELOSI: SIMPLY THE BEST

I’ve been fascinated with politics since I saw Jack Kennedy’s limousine pull up the back ramp of the Boston Garden Election Eve 1960. By sheer luck, I was given an opportunity to work as an intern in the US Senate in 1963. Later, as a lawyer, I testified a few times before Congressional Committees. I’ve

DESANTIS STARS; PELOSI EXCEEDS; TRUMP IRRELEVANT

Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida is now “The Man” in the Republican Party. He won very big in a very big state. The man has political skills and the inside track to be the Republican Nominee in 2024. Nancy Pelosi held the line in what very well could have been a “wave election.” She got

ANYBODY BUT THE YANKEES AND PROGRESSIVE EXCEPT PALESTINE

I started this piece before hearing the news of a violent attack on the Pelosi family home in San Francisco where Nancy’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was seriously injured. So, this is a more serious, less flippant redo. I watched the new MSNBC host, Alex Wagner, for the first time the other night. She had a

CNN ON ANTISEMITISM IN AMERICA

Last Sunday, Dana Bash of CNN, narrated a one-hour program on the rise of Anti Semitism in the USA. I watched it all. In my opinion, it was very deeply unimpressive. In other words it was pretentious and mediocre. The fatal flaw of the Special was that it didn’t contain an ounce of self-examination or

ISRAELI BRASS IN WASHINGTON

The Israelis, who have a few hundred nuclear weapons, are coming to the USA, which has several thousand nuclear weapons. Israel’s new leaders want to talk to us about doing something about Iran that doesn’t have any nuclear weapons but, according to the Israelis, constitutes the greatest threat to peace in the World today. The

IN DEFENSE OF INCONSISTENCY

It has been brought to my attention that there is an “inconsistency” in how I treat various political actors. How can anyone who describes themself as an Obama-Pelosi Democrat, have anything good to say about Ronald Reagan or Lindsey Graham? Easy. Nobody’s perfectly good or bad. Sometimes people on the “other side” come up big

JOE, WITH SOME HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS

Joe, got through the Tuesday, Afghanistan News Conference. His Presidency is not going up in flames on Afghanistan. He got 75,000 out of the country in August using one airport. He pulled in the perfect person, William Burns, to meet with the Taliban Leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar. Burns is a respected practical diplomat with a

THE ORIGINS OF OUR POLITICAL PREFERENCES: PART I

Like most people, my dislikes are bigger drivers of my political preferences than my likes. Hate is a stronger motivator than love. Its a fact. Hate energizes. Love pacifies. I like and admire Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. They are, and have been, strong figures on the national stage, who have stood the test of

WINGING IT

I may be having Trump Withdrawal Symptoms. I need a vacation from writing stuff and trying to “make a point.” I’m going to wing it and talk about people who are fun to talk about. I like Bill Belichick and Pope Francis and Javad Zarif and Nancy Pelosi and Phil Mickelson and Aaron Rodgers and