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Trump Makes It Tough to be Sympathetic

From the Left / Dick Polman /

We can probably agree that falling ill with a dire disease is the one thing that could’ve made Donald Trump a human being worthy of universal sympathy.

“Nobody should have to suffer,” “thoughts and prayers,” the whole nine yards. We teach our kids to be compassionate toward others, so the least we can do is practice what we preach. ...Read more

The ultimate October surprise is not a surprise at all

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Karma (noun): The sum of a person’s actions decide that person’s fate…The intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual.

And so it has happened. Trump testing positive for the coronavirus - four weeks before the election, no less - certainly looks like the ultimate October surprise. But when we consider his...Read more

Biden spoke for all of us when he told Trump to ‘shut up’

From the Left / Dick Polman /

When I was a kid, I went to the zoo and saw a gorilla eat his own feces. I didn’t see that again until Tuesday night.

In truth, this “presidential” “debate” was worse than the zoo. Donald Trump came not to debate, but to desecrate. Whether his behavior will save his job and keep him out of jail is highly debatable.

It’s ...Read more

Dr. Trump Can’t Resist Looking Foolish on Coronavirus

From the Left / Dick Polman /

In case you feared that the looming Supreme Court fight would distract everyone from Donald Trump’s culpability in the deaths of 200,000 Americans, fear not. Trump can’t resist making a fool of himself.

Monday in Ohio, addressing another sea of credulous saps, he actually babbled this about the virus: “It affects elderly people, elderly ...Read more

’Please Stop, Sir’: Trump Rebuked By Philly Voter

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Did anyone watch Don the Con’s Comedy Hour on Tuesday night?

Granted, it wasn’t fun being soaked to the bone by his fire hose of falsehoods, but the pleasure President Trump’s Philadelphia “town hall” was seeing him rebuked by a real citizen. A black woman with a serious health condition.

“Mr. President,” said a Philadelphian ...Read more

Trump Knew. End of Story.

From the Left / Dick Polman /

In American law, criminal negligence is conduct in which a person ignores a known or obvious risk, or disregards the lives and safety of others.

We now have the perfect defendant.

It turns out - not that we’re surprised - that the failed casino owner knew all along that he was gambling recklessly with the lives and safety of the citizens he�...Read more

Who’s Jonesing to Inject Trump’s Miracle Vaccine?

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Here’s a pop quiz. Which of these rash acts is the stupidest?

a) Frying your hand in cooking oil

b) Breaking your thumb with a hammer

c) Swimming laps in a polluted river

d) Volunteering to be Donald Trump’s guinea pig

If you were nuts enough to do a, b, or c, at least you’d know what kinds of treatment would nurse you back to health....Read more

Dick Polman on vacation

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Editor's note: Dick Polman will be on vacation this week. He will return with a new column on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Trump Turns the People’s House into a Petri Dish

From the Left / Dick Polman /

First of all, those maskless South Lawn cultists who soaked up Donald Trump’s serial lies with a dearth of social distancing should be required to wear badges identifying themselves as MAGA Super-Spreaders. That way, innocents on the street can flee their presence with all deliberate speed.

There’s no better way to distill Trump’s deadly ...Read more

The New Republican Platform: ‘I’m With Stupid!’

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Aw, gee. The Trumpist Republicans have broken their promise. Who could have ever seen that coming?

They vowed to stage an upbeat, optimistic convention - to offer, in the words of chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, “an aspirational vision toward the next four years.” But what we got instead on the first night was the apocalyptic message that Donald...Read more

Joe Biden Wants to ‘Make Hope and History Rhyme’

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Given how dangerous Donald Trump truly is, how cavalier he is about torching the Constitution and tallying American casualties, it’s probably a darn good thing he’s stone-cold stupid.

Trump’s whole strategy has been to depict Biden as a decrepit vegetable who doesn’t know where he is or what day it is, some old fossil who drools when he...Read more

2020 Election: Biden Versus ‘A Grave Counterintelligence Threat’

From the Left / Dick Polman /

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We’re compelled to interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you the latest dire reminder that Joe Biden, now the official Democratic nominee, will be facing off against a willing Russian stooge who welcomed Vladimir Putin’s illegal assistance in 2016 and is totally fine with doing so again. This reminder was ...Read more

Kamala Harris and the Promise of America

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Even in the darkness of Donald Trump’s dystopia, the enduring promise of America has still flickered. Despite all his cult’s efforts to turn back the clock to the good old days of white hegemony, the pluralistic multiracial melting-pot America has still been percolating, yearning to breathe free. It’s been there all along, waiting for a ...Read more

A Female Veep Nominee: After Two Whiffs, A Potential Winning Hit

From the Left / Dick Polman /

It’s a waste of time to write or read speculative stories about who’s trending up or down in a veep hunt.

I’m old enough to remember 1968, when barrels of ink were expended on Richard Nixon’s vice presidential search, yet nobody had Spiro Agnew on their bingo card. And as a political reporter in 2000, I joined the hordes who thought ...Read more

Republicans Want To Help Beat Trump. Enter Angry Liberals.

From the Left / Dick Polman /

It’s simple math. A successful political coalition is built on the principle of addition, not subtraction. Basically, you welcome anyone who wants to help. You park all disagreements and join forces for the common cause.

All Democrats should be thrilled that vocal cadres of anti-Trump Republicans are laboring to defeat - by the most decisive ...Read more

Three Big Reasons Why Joe Biden Continues To Trump Trump

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Here’s the 2020 presidential race in a nutshell: On Tuesday, Joe Biden unveiled the “third pillar” of his substantive plan to defeat our health and economic crises. A few hours later, Donald Trump droned on at length about the pandemic that he has cataclysmically botched - he conceded it would no longer “magically” disappear - and he ...Read more

Hypocrisy On Parade: Praising John Lewis While Ruining His Life’s Work

From the Left / Dick Polman /

In “The Verdict,” a sleazy lawyer played by Paul Newman crashes a stranger’s funeral and cons the widow with a blast of blarney about her late husband: “I knew him vaguely through the Lodge. He was a wonderful man.”

I thought of that scene while reading the Republican tributes to John Lewis. The civil rights icon had fought all his ...Read more

Dr. Fauci, We Always Knew It Would Come To This

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Let’s begin today with Joe Biden, who is far too often trumped by the tumultuous roar of the MAGA train wreck. Biden, who currently leads Trump by nine points nationally and by as many as five points in Texas (Texas!), had a few choice things to say about the Trump regime’s treacherous efforts to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The presumptive...Read more



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