Monthly Archives: July 2017

A Bit Too Manic

The last president had a nickname. He was No-Drama Obama. He made no sudden moves. Breaking news was rare. Everyone knew what was coming – which drove every Republican crazy. Scandals depend on startling breaking news. They were out of … Continue reading

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That Level of Deference

Barack Obama wasn’t the first – Jesse Jackson was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and did reasonably well, for the times back then. He may have been a black man but he found a … Continue reading

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Making the News Disappear

Some news has to disappear. The Republicans’ seven-year campaign to get rid of Obamacare just ended. It’s over. The third Senate try at something – anything – to end Obamacare wasn’t going to end it. A few hours after midnight, … Continue reading

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And That’s That

Sometimes it’s best to wait. Commentary can wait. Commentary will have to wait. It’s coming up on midnight here in Los Angeles – the wee hours of the morning back east – and the big event just happened. Wise folks, … Continue reading

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The Buzzsaw of Outrage

America should have known what it was getting into. A month before the election, Josh Marshall offered a simple explanation: The need to assert dominance is at the root of all of Trump’s actions. His whole way of understanding the world … Continue reading

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Forcing Extra Innings

Where were we? Ah, yes – the baseball metaphor – it’s the bottom of the ninth for the Republicans, now at bat, with two outs, with the game on the line. They can’t pass any major legislation for President Trump. … Continue reading

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The Bottom of the Ninth

It’s summer. Think baseball. Think of the first game of the 1988 World Series, October 15, 1988, at Dodger Stadium here in Los Angeles. It’s the bottom of the ninth inning. The Dodgers are down one run to the Oakland … Continue reading

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