Politics, Moderate



Dealing with President Archie Bunker

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

The problem is, for a country that claims to be a democracy, we have to deal with Archie. He is our duly elected chief executive, after all. So it's essential that Congress reach an occasional accommodation with him, otherwise do-or-die measures like raising the debt ceiling will be left undone, and the country will continue to wither.

Amping ...Read more

In Defense Of Backstabbing

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

I don't remember the first time I heard this, but it's been a while: "Things are so bad in Washington that they're stabbing each other in the front!" Backstabbing is a way of life, not just in world capitals, but across the planet, in government and certainly in politics. And for good reason. It works. Where is that truer than diplomacy? Just ...Read more

The trouble with predicting the future, past tense

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Let's give the highest praise possible to President Donald Trump: He didn't mortify his country on Independence Day.

Other than his Revolutionary War airport thingy, he stuck to the script and gave a vanilla salute to the nation, which tries to overlook that most of its founders were slaveholders. He also choreographed a display of military ...Read more

Trump chases after the concept of one-man rule

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

What a whirlwind life President Donald Trump leads! One week he's cavorting around Osaka, Japan, and Korea, networking with his various autocratic buddies. Then he heads home in time to muscle into the celebration of the independence of his home country and a system of government designed to shun absolute authority.

He chafes under his ...Read more

Taking care of business that's none of your business

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

President Donald Trump's itinerary at the G-20 summit in Japan included a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government is accused of using dirty tricks to interfere in the U.S. election to sway things Trump's way. As Trump was leaving the White House on his way there, reporters asked if he would bring the subject up and warn ...Read more

You've seen the opening acts, now get ready for the main performances

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Now that the first Democratic debates of the 2020 election are history, so begins the party's candidate-winnowing process. The consensus losers were Beto O'Rourke from night one, for reinforcing his image as a millennial empty suit, and Joe Biden on the second evening, whose shopworn suit was ripped by Kamala Harris. NBC, which held the debates,...Read more

Don't order up any "Make Iran Great Again" hats yet

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

He actually said it! While talking to reporters on his way to Camp David, he used the phrase "Make Iran Great Again"! Does this mean that President Donald Trump has ordered that Iran will join America in the Greatness Club? "MIGA" as opposed to "MAGA"? Of course, Trump insists that since he's taken over, he's already accomplished that for ...Read more

Biden needs attitudes not platitudes

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

We've all been lulled into believing that good manners will ultimately pay off, but let's get real. The truth is, when people go low, you shouldn't go high, as Michelle Obama famously advised. You should stomp the daylights out of them. If somebody hits you, turn the other cheek -- and when the other guy has been faked out by that, beat the snot...Read more

Much ado about nothing

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

In my role as a pundit-wannabe, I have always been strongly influenced by this single guiding principle: "If you can't dazzle them with your genius, baffle them with your bull----." In my world, it is a mortal sin to not have ready answers to any question, whether or not you know what you're talking about. So, I've always dreamed, as I've ...Read more


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