Monthly Archives: June 2017

Dark on The Inside

Woodward and Bernstein really stuck it to Nixon – dispassionately. Everyone saw the movie – Woodward and Bernstein chased down the facts of the matter. There was something odd about that Watergate burglary. They found out what was odd about … Continue reading

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Not a Normal Day

Sometimes there’s a normal day in Washington. Those with opposing views work things out. They compromise, but the idea that compromise is a good thing seems to have waxed and waned. In 2010 it was the Tea Party crowd – … Continue reading

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Trump Fades Away

Populists must be popular. They speak for “the people” – a hazy concept of course. Richard Nixon said he spoke for the “silent majority” – but no one could prove they existed, because they were, after all, silent. Still, enough … Continue reading

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No Eleven-Dimensional Chess Here

There’s a cliché for everything, even one for explaining Donald Trump’s impulsiveness. Early in his campaign, he blurted out that John McCain wasn’t a war hero at all. John McCain had been captured early in the Vietnam War. Sure, he … Continue reading

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Toxic Popularity

“When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents in the construction of the state will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators, the instruments, not the guides, of the … Continue reading

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Compounding an Old Mistake

Lots of things happened in 1986 – Britain and France announced plans to build that Channel Tunnel. That was nice, but then the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated just after launch, killing all seven astronauts aboard, including that schoolteacher, Christa McAuliffe. … Continue reading

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Not Really Brilliant at Breakfast

Oscar Wilde was onto something. In An Ideal Husband one of the characters says this – “In England people actually try to be brilliant at breakfast. That is so dreadful of them! Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.” No … Continue reading

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