Trump’s new role model is Grover Cleveland.
On the day that President Grover Cleveland left the White House after losing his bid for re-election, his wife, Frances, told the staff to take care of the mansion. “I want to find everything just as it is now when we come back again,” she said. “We are coming back just four years from today.” And they did.
Nearly 128 years after the Clevelands’ triumphal comeback, President Trump is signaling that he may try to become only the second president in American history to win another term after being defeated. Even as he insists that he did not lose the 2020 election, Mr. Trump has been laying plans to run again in 2024 with a kickoff as early as this month or possibly on his successor’s Inauguration Day.
If Trump runs in 2024 — and there’s every indication he will — he would throw a huge turd in the punch bowl for the rest of the GOP aspirants such as Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, and Josh Hawley, all of them who represent some element of Trumpism, be it snotty behavior, warmongering, evangelical Christian nutsery, and racism. Their only hope is that Trump is under indictment to clear the field, but even then, it’s unlikely that would dissuade him. Trump would wipe them out and then lead the party again down the abyss of another defeat since Trump has yet to crack 47% of the popular vote. So, by all means emulate Mr. Cleveland.
An orchid from Taylor Nurseries, Monroe, Michigan.
All of a sudden the Republicans realized that holding a convention in the middle of a pandemic was not a great idea. The Democrats figured that out a few months ago and have already come up with alternatives. But the GOP is going to host a giant Zoom meeting with all that goes along with it (“Hey, you’re still muted!”) and then try to make the case that while it’s too dangerous to hold the convention, schools must be re-opened.
Meanwhile, the Senate Republicans can’t even agree between themselves what to do about the stimulus bill to replace the one that is going to end a week from today and throw a whole lot of people into limbo regarding their unemployment payments. And we’ve passed 4 million cases of Covid-19.
On the upside, or at least a glimmer of hope, Biden is leading Trump by 13 points here in Florida. But remember that polls don’t matter. Do they?
A moment of zen to appreciate some backyard nature.
My dendrobium, which I got six years ago as a prize in a car show and seemed to be at death’s door last fall, has come back in a blaze of subtle orchid blooming.
The dendrobium seems to like being in its new orchid nest.
I have learned that the way to make orchids grow in South Florida is leave them alone.
I’m going to need a bigger nest.
This is the first time I’ve seen this one bloom in a long time.
I thought you might like to see what’s blooming in my yard.
The chili pepper vanda orchid blooms several times a year, and here it goes again. It doesn’t care about government shutdowns; it just does it.
The chili pepper vanda orchid is at it again.
My dendrobium is blooming.
This is the orchid I won at the first Cars in the Garden show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens three years ago. The great thing about growing orchids in Florida is that it’s their natural habitat. Hang them up in the back yard and let nature take its course.
The chili pepper vanda is going at it again. These are the first blooms I’ve seen all summer.
I think we need a little break from the news.
The chili pepper vanda is putting out some late spring/early summer blooms.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled blogging.
Look what greeted me when I checked out the orchids this afternoon.
The budding vanda gave forth.
Actually, we’re in the near-end of autumn, and the first real cool front of the season has blanketed South Florida with nice comfortable temperatures and lower humidity. The chili pepper vanda is in bloom again while the other vanda is getting very close. The hibiscus is always showing off.
The vanda is blooming again.
The chili pepper vanda is blooming again, just two months after the last burst.
Not to be outdone, the hibiscus is cranking it out, too.
The chili pepper vanda is in full bloom for the third time since I got it last September.
It’s always a good sign when your orchid blooms again. That means it is happy (if not horny), and it means that my passive gardening technique works.
The new orchids have put out their full blooms. Seems they like hanging out in the back yard.
Despite my reputation as the Grim Reaper of Gardening — I can kill a geranium — I am able to keep orchids alive. You might remember that back in May I won an orchid at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden car show. It did okay in the kitchen window, but it became obvious that it needed to be liberated from its plastic container. I had an empty orchid hanging basket left over from a long-departed philodendron, so I cleaned it out, put some orchid bark in it, and moved the dendrobium out to a branch on the north side of a hibiscus where it will get some shaded sun and plenty of air and rain.
Let’s see how it does.