Tea Party’s Death Throes

  The Tea Party may be dead but its spirit lives on like the toxin in a scorpion’s stinger. And that poison has proven lethal enough to kill the Farm Bill, leaving Republican leaders in a quandary and Congress floundering helplessly. In voting down the bill, the Tea Party rump – now known as the […]
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Inheriting a Hornet’s Nest

As  the nastiest election campaign in US history mercifully comes to an end, I am left wondering how much damage has been done to the political system and what can be done to fix it. It looks as if Hillary will be President, and the Democrats will pick up seats in Congress. But that doesn’t mean […]
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You Want Revolution? Really?

  In any society, however benign, subversives exist, intent on overthrowing the government. They may label themselves Anarchists or Communists or some other political brand, but they really are just malcontents. They are not only disruptive but destructive. They want to tear down the existing institutions but have no realistic proposals to replace them. These activists […]
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Now, Hillary is a Spy?

  One of the first cautions I received as a young reporter was, “Consider the source.” Obviously, nobody shared those words of wisdom with Yahoo News. The first “article” I saw when I turned on the computer this morning was an ominous dirge announcing that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was in deep trouble because she and several State Department […]
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A Clear and Present Danger

  I will leave it to others to eulogize the late Justice Antonin Scalia. I am not the right person for that assignment. But I would like to discuss the implications of his death. President Obama has said he will nominate a successor right away, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  has vowed to block any nominee’s confirmation until […]
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The Evangelical Extremists

  The Founding Fathers took the trouble to separate the state from religion in the US Constitution, but a resurgent political movement seems determined to turn the country into a theocracy. I am not talking about Islamic extremists who would impose Shariah law, although I am sure they exist in America as they do in other countries. I […]
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When Polls Go Bad

The polls have ruled in America for decades, but they seem to have lost their magic. Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin’s big win in the Kentucky governor’s race is the most recent example of a new trend. The polls – not one but all – had predicted a comfortable victory by Bevin’s opponent, Democrat Jack Conway […]
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Spare the Old and Sick

  What sadistic impulse drives Republicans to punish the old and the sick? What cynical mind set would allow Democrats to accept such an outrage? I ponder these disturbing questions as I await revelation of the details in a budget deal reportedly struck by retiring House Speaker John Boehner and the White House. This is […]
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Slaying the Gerrymander

  Like St. George slaying medieval Britain’s dragons, a Florida judge has assaulted the dreaded gerrymander. And the consequences could be far reaching. You know what the gerrymader is, don’t you? It’s a mythical beast that bedevils American politics, helping selected politicians to get elected (and reelected). How is this accomplished? By state legislatures manipulating the boundaries of electoral districts […]
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The Thrill is Gone

News of the current presidential race seems to be fading from the headlines. And it’s not surprising. Donald Trump’s shenanigans could hold America’s interest for just so long. And it was only to be expected that the Bernie Sanders phenomenon would lose its shock value after a few weeks. I bet the huge TV audiences […]
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