UKRAINE REBOOT

I just finished writing a piece on Ukraine that didn’t get it done. So, I thought for a few minutes and two names popped into my head. John McEnroe and the late Joan Rivers. Two people who spoke their minds, no matter the consequences. I remember Johnny Mac at Wimbledon “You cannot be serious” and

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

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

FIGHTING FOR A TIE

Russia is an anomaly. It’s too big. Nearly twice the size of the next biggest country in the world, Canada, with a population less than that of Bangladesh. Russia is in a war where they can’t afford to win or lose. Putin has forty miles of military vehicles stuck in the mud because he violated

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

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

BIDEN CAN LOSE

I can’t get John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton or Barack Obama out of my mind. They are my idea of Candidates for President of the United States. Happy Warriors. Cut from the same cloth as the original Happy Warrior, Al Smith, four-time Governor of New York State, and the first Catholic nominated

BERNIE AND AMY: WHY NOT?

Bernie Sanders was the most impressive person on the stage last night at the Democrat Debate. He believes what he says and communicates at gut level. Conservatives love to call liberals hypocrites. It’s hard to make that charge stick against a guy who gets his suits at Goodwill and haircuts for free at the Barber

DEMOCRATIC PARTY DRAFT TICKET: PELOSI-MUELLER

Our Country needs an Intervention. We need the best we’ve got. Nancy Pelosi and Bob Mueller are the best we’ve got. Donald Trump and Sarah Sanders and Stephen Miller and Jared Kushner and Robert Barr are not the best we have. They’ve shown themselves to be a second string collection of liars and opportunists who

IlHAN OMAR IS GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT

Of all the possible people in the world there are to worry about, you can take Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) off your list for now. She’s going to be OK. The little lady went through a rough patch but came out just fine. After escaping war-torn Somalia and living in a refugee camp four years