Thursday, April 21, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

And They’re Off

So tonight is the first event in the long road to next November.  And I’m already tired of this election.  Or, as someone somewhere noted, I am really running short of damns to give.  I just want it over with.

Don’t get me wrong: I care very much who wins the election.  A great deal is at stake as it is with every election.  The next president will probably choose at least one or more Supreme Court justice, and even a cursory glance at the rulings over the last five years shows just how important that selection can be, from Citizens United to Hobby Lobby.  Letting someone like Ted Cruz or even John Kasich choose a lifer for the court is enough to make Oliver Wendell Holmes spin in his grave.

What I object to is the way this campaign has become little more than a reality show on crack.  Even serious attempts by candidates to talk about the job that they will take up has been overwhelmed by the bullshit and infantile back-and-forth that would make a middle school bully proud.  I really don’t care if Ted Cruz is Canadian or Chris Christie has a large waistline; I even don’t care if Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server was in her basement or if Bernie Sanders is a socialist.  None of that will matter when war breaks out someplace in the world, a hurricane hits Miami, someone shoots up the Mall of America, or the economy takes a nosedive.

It would be really easy to blame all this on the media and the pundits, but we brought this on ourselves; if we didn’t want it, they wouldn’t sell it to us in between the commercials for adult underwear and cholesterol medicine.  I would hope that at some point we would rise up and say “Enough!” but given our penchant for ballyhoo and bunkum — there’s one born every minute — I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime between now and next November.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Friday, November 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Call Me Maybe

Paul Ryan plays the reluctant hero.

Ryan spoke to the House GOP behind closed doors Tuesday and said if all factions can share his vision and he can get the endorsement of the major caucuses, then he will serve as speaker.

The news was confirmed by his spokesman Brendan Buck, who said according to reports, “If he is not a unifying figure for the conference, then he will not run.”

[…]

Ryan held a brief press conference after the meeting to lay out his vision for the speakership, if he were elected.

He said Republicans needed to move from being “an opposition party to an proposition party.” He also said he would seek updates to the House rules — a common demand by the conservative hardliners that roiled Speaker John Boehner’s tenure — “so everyone can be a more effective representative.”

He also said he would not sacrifice his time with his family and young children, a concern that had been raised by his allies as the speaker often spends weekends fundraising for members. He said he was still worried about the toll the role would take on his family, but added, “My greatest worry is the consequences of not stepping up.”

The 45-year-old Ryan, under intense pressure to seek the post, gave his colleagues until Friday to express their support.

That’s it; play hard to get.  That’s how Newt Gingrich got the job.  (Or was it his third wife?)  Anyway, Mr. Ryan is making it extremely easy for the hard-core right wing to flip him off and stick with Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), who thinks that subservient wives and flogging is the American Way.  So this whole “unity” thing; good luck, Paul.  The only time the GOP has ever been unified is when they’re determined to blow something up.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015