Tag Archives: Mitch McConnell

Our Republican Parties

Our fathers were Republicans. It was respectable to be a Republican. We got that. In the fifties, Dwight Eisenhower had been president, and he wasn’t that bad. Our fathers could point to him, and they were right. He was a … Continue reading

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Here Come Da Judge

“Here Come Da Judge!” It was 1968 and the show was Laugh-In and Flip Wilson said the words – and the judge was Flip Wilson, a hip black dude. The unfortunate white defendant didn’t understand hipness or blackness and paid … 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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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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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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