Category: Politics

October 9th, 2018

WTF is happening in Jim Jordan’s district?

 Reader poll rebukes arch-right congressman in deep-red corner of district Norwalk, Ohio – Freedom Caucus founder and Speaker of the House candidate Congressman Jim Jordan is favored by just twenty percent of voters in a Norwalk Reflector reader poll of congressional choices for the November 6 election. The poll, from October 1-8, shows Democrat Janet Garrett …

January 10th, 2018

The Case for Oprah

On Sunday morning, “Oprah for President” was the punchline of a joke. By Sunday night, it was a remote possibility. By Monday, it felt weirdly plausible. Things move fast in American politics. Everyone knows Oprah. So when she took the stage at the Golden Globe Awards to accept the Cecil B. de Mille Award she …

January 2nd, 2018

2018 – Time For Women To Save The World?

There is something in the air, and no, it’s not more snow. Today Tina Smith will take over as embattled MN Senator Al Franken steps down. And as positive for women as that might sound, the overall numbers are dismal. Women make up less than 20% of Congress, and in the US, women in elected …

December 28th, 2017

Year One in the Age of Trump

Well, we’re not dead yet. The world has not been consumed by a nuclear conflagration. The White House has not been struck by lightning. I guess we made it through the first year. This is not a detailed, analytical assessment of the costs and benefits of the Trump presidency – I’ll leave that heavy lifting …

December 15th, 2017

Baby, Please Don’t Go

The annual White House Christmas party for reporters is always worthy of a few jokes. During the course of the year a popular joke among the press corps is “Man you pissed them off. You won’t get an invitation to the Christmas party.” Apparently April Ryan, the African American reporter from American Urban Radio Networks,  did just that. She …

December 14th, 2017

The Tax Bill: Sausage Getting Made

If there’s anything certain in politics, it’s this: politics always wins. The GOP Tax bill first promised big cuts for the middle-class, then scared a lot of Americans with the threat of draconian cuts in long established areas, and now is positioned to do as originally intended; provide tax relief for corporations. To be sure, …

December 13th, 2017

When “They” Lose, Do “You” Win?

The Democratic party had a great Tuesday, or maybe the GOP had a horrific one. Is there a difference? Politics is like those geometry tests where the two trains are heading for a crash. You just have to calculate when. In the case of Jones vs Alabama, GOP voters rejected Moore. And in doing so, …

December 13th, 2017

A Victory For Old Fashioned Democratic Party Politics

As the smoke clears from last night’s bellwether election in Alabama, one thing is clear — this is a victory for old fashioned mainstream Democratic Party politics. From Tom Perez and the DNC all the way down to the newest kid walking precincts and working the phones, Doug Jones’s thin margin of victory was hard-won …

December 8th, 2017

What’s Wrong With Democrats is Also What’s Right With Democrats

There’s an old saying in politics – Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. And it’s never been truer. All of my left-leaning friends, people who normally agree about everything, are deeply divided over the Al Franken resignation. Facebook and other social media platforms were a veritable blood bath yesterday as Democrats passionately argued …

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