The Playing Field

So, apparently Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is releasing vulnerable Republicans to "distance" themselves from Trump. I've already seen this breathlessly tweeted a few times this morning, and yes, it's encouraging. But as Winston Wolf put it in Pulp Fiction, let's not start celebrating too early. McConnell is one of the worst things to happen to American democracy maybe ever, but he...

The Shadow

Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow ~ T. S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men" No American could have watched the past weeks’ tributes to John Lewis and been unmoved. The man’s entire life, right up to his astonishing final words, which he wrote in the hospital knowing he was dying and told his lawyers to release four hours before his funeral, are indeed...

WaPo Pulling No Punches On Trump’s Bungled Coronavirus Response

This is the headline on their excellent story: With Trump leading the way, America’s coronavirus failures exposed by record surge in new infectionsIt's been a long time since we've seen those kinds of unapologetic headlines out of any major national paper. A LONG time. The story itself retains punch because it is mercilessly factual without veering into CNN-like Trump-hatred OR typical, lazy,...

I Get Letters From My Senator on Iran and Obamacare

Just because I want to be periodically overcome with the urge to vomit stay on top of my state’s leaders’ thoughts and actions, I subscribe to the electronic version of Senator David Perdue’s birdcage liner newsletter. Today, this arrived (this is but a portion of the wonderfulness which blessed my inbox which you, dear reader, will be forced to simply imagine): Here are only a few...

John Oliver Showing The Way

I know I already wrote about this recently, but I simply cannot say enough good things about John Oliver’s HBO show. In fact, the only negative thing I can think of to say about Last Week Tonight is that it airs on HBO, so its audience is more limited than it might be - and that’s a shame, because everyone should be watching this breakthrough in comedic activism. Here's Oliver again the other...

How To Deal With Guns In Public

Lemme try to put this in language the gun-totin' all-American tea-party patriots will understand: Handguns are made for killin' They ain't no good for nothin' else And if you like to drink your whiskey You might even shoot yourself ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd, Saturday Night Special I've always been politically-minded, for as long as I can remember. That means I've thought and/or written about most...

Bridge Over Troubled Electoral Prospects

(AKA: Why Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” Scandal Matters) On Twitter, some people are questioning why such a big deal is being made about Chris Christie’s current trouble with the George Washington Bridge scandal. Why, they ask, with so many more-important stories that genuinely affect people, do the media and the public focus on personality-driven scandal stories of this type? It’s a...