Politics, Moderate



The Dem flock may destroy each other first

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Quick -- name all the Democratic candidates for president. There are only 23 of them, now that Gotham Mayor Bill de Blasio has joined the hunt. It's not enough that so many New Yorkers hate him; he wants to go nationwide. Of course, most New Yorkers hate everyone. Just look at Donald Trump.

But of the Democrats, how many can you recall? Maybe ...Read more

The president wants to make July 4th into Trump-dependence Day

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Ever since he made that trip to Paris in July 2017, President Donald Trump has tried to steal Bastille Day. Trump watched all the grandeur of the French national day -- accumulated over 230 years since the storming of the Bastille -- and saw it, as he always does, as a personal branding opportunity.

First, he promoted the idea of a massive ...Read more

The political acumen of summing up in two words

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

May 1, 2003: Then-President George W. Bush landed in a jet on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to announce that just a few weeks after his Iraq invasion, all major combat operations would end. It was a made-for-television event. Dominating the picture was a huge sign declaring "Mission Accomplished." Thousands of combat ...Read more

The game is 'All options are on the table'

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

"All options are on the table." It's one of my favorite cliches, mainly because it really says nothing. It's constantly used by U.S. officials who are trying to appear tough at the same time they have no earthly idea what they're doing. Since the age of Donald Trump is defined by constant crises and since the Trump administration has no earthly ...Read more

Legislating should never become showbiz

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Back when I was a TV local newspup, I met Muhammad Ali to do an interview. This was during his boxing days. While my video person set up, I discovered, to my utter surprise, during our chat that he was friendly but soft-spoken and cordial, the exact opposite of his loud, brash shtick.

Then it was time for the camera to roll. Ali immediately ...Read more

Exactly who's the same old, same old?

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Is Donald Trump slipping? In his endless quest to give everyone a derogatory nickname, he's now calling Joe Biden "Sleepy Joe." It's not clear why he's calling him "Sleepy," but it might be a typo. Perhaps, he meant "Sloppy Joe." That would be spicier.

Then again, maybe that's Trump's subtle way of mocking Biden's age. Or maybe not, since one ...Read more

The rule of law is being replaced with the rule of Trump

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

I think we can agree that we as a country give lip service to the concept of the rule of law. Unfortunately, what we actually have is a rule of lawyers. The stated ideal is literally chiseled in marble over the entrance to the Supreme Court -- "Equal Justice Under Law." Lofty. Or it would be if it wasn't largely a lie in the United States.

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Impeach? Nah!

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Impeach Donald Trump? What a bad idea for the Democrats, in spite of the pressure from the party's left flank, and in spite of various presidential candidates, like Elizabeth Warren, pandering to the ultra-progressives. After all, the ultimate goal of a House of Representatives impeachment is to set up the Senate to remove him from office. In a ...Read more


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