“Punch up, not down.” Whether in comedy or politics, the consensus precept has provided helpful parameters in which to acceptably swing at rivals or targets. The idea is, pick on someone your own size.
I can think of no better — meaning worse — example of punching down than one of the most powerful men on the planet picking on the dead ...Read more
Every parent has warily confronted the hypothetical question: What would you do if you suspected your child was unwell?
Not physically, but emotionally unwell, or mentally unstable? Imagine learning your teenager, for example, had been yelling demeaning slurs at the girls in his class, harassing them and calling them names.
And that he'd been ...Read more
Despite an obstacle-strewn ascension similar to a "Game of Thrones" episode, former Vice President Joe Biden managed to slay every metaphorical dragon he faced in becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, from old policy specters to campaign trail gaffes to a primary opponent who was stubborn to concede.
But there are more ...Read more
On Tuesday night, I called to check in on my friends in San Francisco. One is a lawyer; his grandfather died last week. His partner is a doctor on the front lines of COVID-19. In short, they've been through it. I asked the doctor, "How is work?"
"Thank God we're not New York City," he said. The words hit like a ton of bricks.
Though I moved to...Read more
We've put up with a lot as a nation over the years. But whatever your political party, the latest antics from President Trump, during a global pandemic which has killed more than 25,000 Americans, seal the deal: We need out of this mess for good.
Our threshold for the absolutely absurd and the inarguably indefensible has been fairly high, ...Read more
When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders finally announced he was suspending his campaign -- but oddly, that he will remain on the ballot and collect delegates -- the news hit his supporters understandably hard.
Despite Sanders' clear lack of viability over the past month, and a pandemic that paralyzed his and all political campaigns, his proponents ...Read more
In the movies, this all goes very differently. In Hollywood's version of events, the federal government had been building a secret bunker in the limestone cliffs of Missouri to house a million people in the expectation of an extinction-level-event.
Or the entire executive and legislative branches were relocated to an underground facility in ...Read more
While many state governors are stepping up to meet the continuing challenges of coronavirus in unprecedented ways, our federal government continues to let us down.
At the White House, we know the president took too long to act, dismissed the seriousness of the pandemic in the earliest days, spread misleading information about test availability ...Read more
The headlines Wednesday were blunt and scathing.
In The New York Times: "Biden Gets Out the Broom."
New York Magazine: "Why Is Bernie Sanders Still Running for President?"
New York Post: "Biden Just Made Bernie Nothing More Than a Two-Time Loser."
And after the third Super Tuesday trouncing by Joe Biden, in which this time he handily won ...Read more
In the hours surrounding Joe Biden's convincing Michigan win Tuesday night, adding to his Mississippi and Missouri shutouts of Sen. Bernie Sanders, analysts and pundits, as we are wont to do, deluged the airwaves and social media with assessments and predictions about the state of the 2020 race.
Sometimes these are based on good data, solid ...Read more