Tag: George W. Bush

Deplorable Behavior

It’s not going to happen Wednesday, either. Joe Romm of Climate Progress noted last week that if Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz failed to introduce a specific question about climate change at the Clinton-Trump II debate, the question would never be brought up in Clinton-Trump III: We’ve had two debates where the moderators ignored the… Read more »

The GOP Death Spiral

Deval Patrick saw this coming. Back in August 2006, the former Clinton Administration official, then running to become the first African-American governor of Massachusetts, denounced the right wing’s delegitimization of public service, and the need for the Democratic Party to forcefully call out and push back against this sort of delegitimization: I thought about Patrick’s… Read more »

The Day of the Deranged: Part I

The haters won’t care. They’ll never care. Normal people are disgusted by reports that Republican presidential nominee could have avoided paying federal income taxes for nearly two decades. Normal people are repulsed by Trump’s verbal assault on the dignity of 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado and former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jennifer Lin. However, the… Read more »

Not Ready to Make Nice

So George W. Bush is a good guy now? One wonders how many Americans had a queasy feeling in their stomachs last weekend when the 43rd president spoke at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Although Bush did sign the bipartisan (!) legislation clearing the path… Read more »

If Trump Wins

It could happen. It could happen. In his 2009 book The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution 1980-1989, right-wing author Steven Hayward describes the aftermath of President Carter’s defeat on November 4, 1980: By Thursday the magnitude of the election was starting to course through the news cycle. “The election was a shocker,” Washington Post… Read more »

Welcome Back

Thank God. I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who had that reaction to the news that GQ had hired Keith Olbermann to discuss the demented dynamics of the 2016 presidential election. It has been five long years since Olbermann was controversially forced out of MSNBC; Olbermann’s departure was profoundly painful for those who appreciated… Read more »

Warning Sign

The greatest threat facing Hillary Clinton may not be Donald Trump in 2016; it may be Rob Portman in 2020. The Ohio Senator appears to be a lock to defeat Democratic challenger and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland on November 8. The prospect of Strickland losing badly to Portman is obviously disappointing for those who… Read more »

Dancing with Mr. D

So, what will you do if the worst happens? I still remember seeing the horrified looks in the eyes of John Kerry’s supporters outside of Boston’s Faneuil Hall on the afternoon of November 3, 2004, after it was announced that Kerry would concede defeat to President George W. Bush, thus condemning this country to four… Read more »

Crimes and Misdemeanors: Part I

“I, Donald John Trump, do solemnly swear, that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States…” Imagine hearing that at noon on January 20, 2017. Just imagine it…and imagine the horror that would… Read more »