Tag Archives: Repeal and Replace

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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Not Getting It Done

There was trouble coming. President Trump had a bad weekend. It was that Washington Post-ABC News poll: Approaching six months in office, Trump’s overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has … Continue reading

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Individualism Untempered By Common Decency

Donald Trump was inevitable. The repeal of Obamacare was inevitable. Six years ago, Neal Gabler explained that in America the Stony-Hearted: When the political history of the last thirty years is written, scholars will no doubt describe a rightward revolution that … Continue reading

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Stumbling Into Government

Donald Trump was going to be a disrupter. Just enough voters in just the right places decided they wanted a disrupter in Washington, and now the government is his. Well, not really – because his Republican House won’t do what … Continue reading

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Solving Imaginary Problems

Ah, to be a ten-year-old boy in the late fifties, when each September the folks in Detroit revealed, on one special night, on national television, the new models. Planned obsolescence was not only a brilliant business model – only pathetic … Continue reading

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