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

ISRAEL: IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING

Remember the Saturday Night Live Character, Roseanne Roseannadanna? Her favorite response to any complication or complaint was to tell the source of the problem, “There’s always something. If it isn’t one thing it’s the other.” Which reminds me of our friends, the Israelis. It’s always something with them. They want money, so we give them

CONFIRMATION AND THE JERK FACTORY: LETTER TO A FRIEND

Thanks for your thoughts on Neera Tanden and some other appointments. I believe Deb Haaland will be confirmed at Interior. It would be ridiculous in the extreme if she didn’t make it. Neera Tanden is clearly a partisan and sharp tongued to boot. The thing is, that by itself, hasn’t been a bar to a

STUCK IN THE WELL

How many dead bodies does it take for Republican Senators to crawl out from the well in Trump’s desk and do the right thing? Are five dead human beings, including one Capitol Police Officer and 138 injured police officers plus two police suicides in the week after the Trump induced Jan 6 riot, enough? Do

DO THE BEST YOU CAN

On January 13, 2021 the House of Representatives voted to Impeach Trump for the High Crime and Misdemeanor of Incitement to Insurrection for events leading up to, and on, January 6, 2021, at the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Impeachment in the House is in the nature of an Indictment requiring a trial

REPUBLICAN WAR: VOTERS VERSUS DONORS

“In the Republican Party, we don’t count voters we count donors.” David Frum, former speechwriter for George W. Bush and close confidant of the late Sheldon Adelson uncorked that little truism not so long ago. Did Frum knock it out of the park or what? David didn’t go into details on what constitutes a “donor”

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

FIVE COMING UP BIG

You never know who’s going to come up big at the moment of truth. Whoever heard of Lenny Skutnik, before January 13, 1982 when Air Florida Flight 90 plunged into the icy Potomac River and Skutnik took it upon himself to dive off the 14th street bridge into the river, and save the life of

CONVICT AND REMOVE

Ten Republicans voting to Impeach is better than it looks. When you serve a two year term, an election is always around the corner and your base is essential. Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming deserves credit for voting to Impeach. Her state went for Trump by over 40 points and she is No. 3

LOST FOR WORDS

When I’m lost for words, I try and consult the wisdom of the Ages: The Bible, Our Founding Fathers, Philosophers, Yogi Berra. Let’s do Yogi first. “Hey Yogi, what time is it?” Yogi: “You mean right now?” There, I feel better. At least for 30 seconds. I have to tell you a story. I’m in