It is our collective frayed nerves that worry me. Christmas cheer has been replaced by dirty snow, unclean toilets, clogged roads and unpaid bills.
The sun is shining. But California is deceptive. Beneath the surface, even here, gloom lurks.
In Los Angeles, the teachers are getting ready to go on strike.
And the kids? Do their brains go on strike?
Does anything work anymore?
"Breathe deep," I tell a friend who is about to explode about something someone has said about President Trump. It was a hard Christmas at too many tables. Politics is important -- I'm the last to say otherwise -- but there is something very wrong when our patriotism and love of country is somehow turning us against one another.
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Mitt Romney is right. The fish rots from the head.
And we are all being infected by the disease. We must not let him destroy our spirit, our decency, our fellowship, even as he turns his back on our policies.
Shine the light on him. Make it bright. Do no more than repeat his words. He needs no commentary. His own words undo him. His stunts reveal him. His allies shame him.
The problem, Mr. President, is not the left, and it is not the media, and it is not Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer or CNN or the Washington Post. The problem is not Mitt Romney or Nikki Haley or the establishment Republicans or the Clintons or the DNC or Michael Cohen or Robert Mueller or James Comey or Dianne Feinstein.