Tag: George W. Bush

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 »

Break On Through (To the Other Side): Part II

Are the Republicans who are declaring that they’re “with her” quietly admitting an inconvenient truth about the man who was declared victorious over Al Gore sixteen years ago? Notice the common thread that runs through the words of pro-Clinton Republicans: they’ve declared that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is “completely unqualified” for the White House,… Read more »

Virtual Insanity

Remember when Dr. Alvin Poussaint, the acclaimed Harvard Medical School psychiatry professor, argued that racism should be considered a form of mental illness? I could never figure out why Poussaint’s contention was considered controversial; it struck me as basic common sense that hatred based on race or culture is incompatible with rational thinking. Nearly two… Read more »

The American Dream vs. The American Nightmare

While the hazmat crews continue to clean up the raw sewage that flowed from the podium at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland last week, I hope Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Bernie Sanders, Vice President Biden and President Obama can make some last-minute adjustments that will strengthen the speeches they… Read more »