Category Archives: Republicans in Disarray

No Second First Impressions

Al (Alan Stuart) Franken wasn’t always the thoughtful and persistently progressive Democratic senator from Minnesota. He won that seat in 2008, sort of – endless recounts delayed his assuming the seat until the following July. Republicans just couldn’t imagine a … Continue reading

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Further Complications

Another Tuesday, another primary, and more complications: Republican Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin presidential primary on Tuesday, dealing a blow to front-runner Donald Trump’s hopes of amassing the delegates needed for the party’s nomination ahead of the July convention and … Continue reading

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The Final Descent

There were all those years as a corporate “road warrior” getting home every other week on a Friday night, before the flight out Sunday evening for another two weeks on the other side of the continent. That was perpetually disorienting, … Continue reading

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Escalating Testosterone

This was supposed to be a one-day story – the image of Melania Trump does looking pretty damned hot naked on that bearskin rug in the cabin of Donald Trump’s private Boeing 757 with those words – “Meet Melania Trump, … Continue reading

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Another Winnowing

It’s an agricultural term – to winnow – to separate the wheat from the chaff, the useful kernels of grain from what ends up as straw, only useful for spreading on the barn floor, to soak up the steaming droppings … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Dead

Saturday is supposed to be a slow news day. CNN shifts to its pop-documentaries – six hours of the Sixties, six hours of the Seventies, produced by Tom Hanks – or Anthony Bourdain sarcastically dining in far-off places. MSNBC runs … Continue reading

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Stop Making Sense

The first teaching job was in the fall of 1969 – teaching English at a private boys’ boarding school in one of the few rich suburbs of Pittsburgh. It was a sort of a Dead Poets Society thing – well, … Continue reading

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