Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Mike Pence Temptation

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Just like clockwork, every time there is a general feeling among the DC swamp creatures that they finally have the goods to end the Trump presidency, articles appear declaring that Republican leaders are much more comfortable with Mike Pence as president. That the GOP establishment would be more comfortable with Pence is not news to many of us who objected to his selection as Trump’s Vice President. Among the reasons I was rather unhappy with Pence is that I feared he would create an irresistible temptation for the GOP leadership to remove Trump from office – and thus far my fear has proven to be well founded. For nearly a year now we have seen several efforts to, first, force Trump off the Republican presidential ticket and, later, from the Oval Office.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Obamacare Kabuki Theater Ends

It took seven years but finally the Republicans ran out of excuses for not repealing Obamacare as they repeatedly vowed to do. First, they said they needed control of the House of Representatives so they could defund Obamacare with the power of the purse. Once in charge of the Speaker’s gavel, Congressional Republicans said control of the House was not enough – they needed the Senate. In 2014, the voters made Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader and, again, Republicans said it was not enough – they needed the White House. In 2016, the voters gave the Republicans the trifecta: House, Senate and the White House only to find out that the real power in DC resides with the Senate parliamentarian.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Welcome to Bullywood!

Still despondent over Hillary Clinton's loss, Hollywood served its latest round of Trump bashing during the Golden Globe Awards ceremony. I didn’t watch the broadcast for two reasons: 1) I haven’t seen any of the performances, shows or films nominated; and 2) To spare myself the predictable Hollywood tirade over the election results – they are beyond tedious. But when social media was filled with praise for Meryl Streep for putting Trump in his place, I decided to take a look at her speech, thinking that someone had come up with something other than the usual attacks – I mean, they claim to be masters of the “creative arts,” right? – only to be disappointed. The same claptrap that failed to swing the election in Hillary’s favor was offered again by Ms. Streep – she drew no new blood.