WASHINGTON -- Marianne Williamson for president!
It is perhaps not the best sign for Democratic prospects in the 2020 election that on a stage packed with senators, governors and the odd congressman and mayor, the one who repeatedly soared above the others Tuesday night was the New Age author and spiritual adviser to Cher.
But, again and again...Read more
It was the Detroit Donnybrook. Tuesday's Democratic debate was choppy but passionate, opening up wide philosophical divisions within the party's presidential field and providing sound bites critical of progressive ideas and candidates that Republicans are certain to use in 2020.
Moderate candidates trailing in the polls went in determined to ...Read more
If you are a regular here, you may have heard this story before. But it bears repeating.
In 1958, George Wallace ran for governor of Alabama against John Patterson, a fire-breathing segregationist. Wallace, though also a segregationist, was considered enough of a racial moderate to be endorsed by the politics/fromtheleft/leonardpittsjr/s-2255840">Read more
I'll say this -- and it's not much -- about President Donald Trump's incendiary tweet attacks at Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore: At least, for a change, he's laid off my beloved Chicago.
The Republican president has treated Chicago, hometown of his predecessor President Barack Obama, as his favorite symbol of "American carnage,"...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I'm sorry to be the one to say this, but somebody has to: We are going to have to deport Baltimore.
I'm not naive. I know that deporting the Maryland city, which itself is one of America's busiest ports, will be a logistical headache. And yet, it could not be clearer that Baltimore has no place in President Trump's America.
The ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump's decision to put away his racist dog whistle and bring out his racist bullhorn has just one plausible explanation: desperation.
Disregard, as usual, what Trump claims about his political standing and his prospects for winning a second term. He is acting as if he knows he is likely to lose the election, perhaps by ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Nothing unites Democrats more than a deep belief that President Trump must be driven from office. And right now, nothing divides Democrats more than finding the best way to bring this about.
Trump is not a political genius. He is president because of our outdated and undemocratic Electoral College. What he is skilled at is taking ...Read more
If we can't chant it, we don't want it.
Doesn't rhyme. Doesn't have to. It's too long anyway.
Like "Yankees Suck" or "Sieg Heil," what you want in a chant is brevity. If possible, two words, maybe three words.
"Couldn't arrest him because he's a sitting president," can't be chanted, so it's no good.
"Lock her up!" Now, there's a chant. It'...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset.
This doesn't mean he's a spy, but neither is it a flip accusation. Russia attacked our country in 2016. It is attacking us today. Its attacks will intensify in 2020. Yet each time we try to raise our defenses to repel the attack, McConnell, the Senate majority leader, blocks us from defending ...Read more
"Hold tight to your anger, don't fall to your fears."
Bruce Springsteen, "Wrecking Ball"
It never should have come to this.
The first responders who, on a September morning 18 years ago, rushed into toxic clouds that once had been the World Trade Center never should have been put through bureaucratic hell. Sick and dying because they answered...Read more
It is time to remind ourselves of the Four Stages of Political Defeat and whether the losing side -- in this case, the Democrats who suffered an unexpected and stinging rebuke in 2016 -- will be able to recover and compete.
Because political parties are composed of human beings, when a party loses a big election, there is an understandable ...Read more
On the day I left Paris (after a well-timed visit to my daughter), the temperature was 96 degrees Fahrenheit, and it was still morning. That day, it climbed to 104; the next day was the hottest in France in recorded history.
Unlike the United States, where I mostly need a jacket to deal with summer air conditioning (perfect for a man in a suit)...Read more
Ah, memories. Remember how presidential candidate Donald Trump grandly promised to eliminate the federal debt in eight years? That's a memory he apparently hopes we forget.
You could hear that in the absence of "debt" or "deficit" in the high praise he enthusiastically tweeted Thursday ("I am totally with you!") for the two-year budget deal ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Britain has a new prime minister, and Donald Trump approves. "He's tough and he's smart," Trump said of Boris Johnson. "They call him 'Britain Trump.' And people are saying that's a good thing. They like me over there." In fact, according to YouGov, only 21% of Britons have a favorable view of Trump, while 67% have a negative view. (...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Robert Mueller testified before Congress Wednesday. Meanwhile, out there in the real world:
-- A federal judge in California was issuing an injunction blocking a new Trump administration policy that would have flatly denied most Central American migrants the right to lawfully seek asylum at the southern border.
-- Attorney ...Read more
Robert Mueller's testimony disappointed anyone seeking drama, but his performance isn't the problem. What keeps congressional Democrats from fulfilling their constitutional duty to confront a lawless president is their own political inertia.
In his own careful and stolid way, Mueller laid out the facts and arguments provided in his 448-page ...Read more
Just before midnight on Wednesday, Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello announced in a prerecorded video message that he would resign, effective Friday, Aug. 2. This capped close to two weeks of nonstop protests.
In Old San Juan, cries of "!Ricky Renuncia!" had been ringing out alongside the traditional refrain, "!Pa'lante!" The first was a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump and his Republican apologists -- including his defense lawyer who moonlights as the nation's attorney general -- do not believe a single word they have said about former special counsel Robert Mueller's report. The GOP has claimed that it shows "no collusion, no obstruction." But their behavior at Wednesday's ...Read more
You had to become an "honorary white."
That was the status South Africa used to bestow upon black performers from the United States who visited the apartheid regime. The O'Jays, Tina Turner, Ray Charles and Eartha Kitt were among those who received that designation, allowing them access to hotels and restaurants from which black Africans were ...Read more
It's not healthy to repress bad memories, yet we always try.
Perhaps that explains why Chicagoans have not memorialized the city's 1919 race riots, which erupted 100 years ago this week, very much.
Even the Fort Dearborn Massacre, a 15-minute battle in 1812 that U.S. soldiers lost to the Potawatomi Native Americans, has its own park and a ...Read more