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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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Overwhelming Second Thoughts

After six months Donald Trump is still our president, and in a Washington Post op-ed, Colbert King said we asked for this: Trump the candidate showed himself to be an ignorant, undisciplined, ranting bully who exaggerated and lied without shame. A … 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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Trump Fades Away

Populists must be popular. They speak for “the people” – a hazy concept of course. Richard Nixon said he spoke for the “silent majority” – but no one could prove they existed, because they were, after all, silent. Still, enough … 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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Compounding an Old Mistake

Lots of things happened in 1986 – Britain and France announced plans to build that Channel Tunnel. That was nice, but then the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated just after launch, killing all seven astronauts aboard, including that schoolteacher, Christa McAuliffe. … Continue reading

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