Category Archives: Midterm Elections

Impossible Expectations

Billy Joel had a big hit in 1974 with Piano Man – a bit of a narrative about a cocktail-lounge piano player fielding requests for the old standards from desperate defeated dreamers, feeding them what musical hope he can, which … Continue reading

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Sifting Through the Rubble

The midterm elections are over, except for a few races here and there where a very few trailing votes will have to settle things, but the Republicans retook the Senate and increased their majority in the House, to a level … Continue reading

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No Postmortem Possible

Election night in America, 2014 – in the other room the folks on CNN and Fox News and MSNBC are chattering about what just happened, but no one knows quite what that was yet. As it approaches midnight back east, … Continue reading

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The Coming Republican Years

No one should be this old. America is no country for old men – just spend five minutes looking at television, with its vital young people being cool, or listen to the radio, where the music is puzzling – and … Continue reading

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Neither Here nor There

There are portents and omens, but sometimes there’s just weather. At midnight, as November began, there was an hour of heavy rain here in Los Angeles, the first rain in ten months or so – no one here can actually … Continue reading

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The Big Shrug

The big divide in this country may not between the Republicans and the Democrats, or between those who disagree on basic issues like what women have the right to decide for themselves, or whether there are far too many guns … Continue reading

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What Happens Next

It’s simple human nature to wonder what happens next, given what’s happening now, which is why there is science fiction, speculative fiction for an anxious public – but the flying saucers from the tacky black-and-white low-budget fifties movies never showed … Continue reading

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