Politics, Moderate



Golden Calf Cramp

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

With all the Gospel experts among the evangelicals at the Conservative Political Action Conference, surely a few of them had a chuckle about the golden statue of Donald Trump that was wheeled around the CPAC conference in Orlando this past weekend. Or maybe not. They typically don't have much of a sense of humor about such things. In fact, they ...Read more

Snowflake Screwup

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's time for me to eat a little crow. I'd say eat a little Snowflake, which is the name of Ted Cruz's family dog, but that could start a cultural conversation that's a distraction, and the point is difficult enough for me. I reported that the Cruzes had left Snowflake alone in their freezing Houston house as they tried to escape to Cancun. They...Read more

Cruz Control

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

There's a word for the great pleasure derived from someone else's misfortune: schadenfreude. Ted Cruz, normally known as a royal pain, is once again winning the contest for schadenfreude poster boy. He is ... well, let's call on his famous associates to describe him:

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner said Ted Cruz is "Lucifer in the ...Read more

Joy, Rush And Me

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Let me tell you how I met Joy Behar. It was way before she became one of the original hosts of "The View." Actually, it was a long-distance introduction, very long distance.

Back in February 1991, my video crew and I were hitching a ride with a U.S. Army convoy out of Iraq after covering the very very short "war" for CNN.

Our military guy had ...Read more

Familiar Cellmates

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It would be a first for the National Portrait Gallery: The picture of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, would be a mug shot.

That's the ardent wish of most Democrats and a few "Never Trumper" Republicans. Most of the GOP senators, 43 of them, voted to acquit Trump of the accusation that he was guilty of inciting the deadly ...Read more

The Rubble Yell

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

The price for having dealt with Donald Trump at any level is everyone's personal wreckage. In fact, he's left human debris behind him for his entire adult life. It's no surprise that his post-presidency is mired in the same rubble imposed on the nation the whole time he inhabited the executive mansion.

But it was the legislative mansion, so to ...Read more

Those who can babble the loudest dominate the conversation

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

I've been thinking (always a danger): If out and out racism is referred to as bigotry, what do we call polite prejudice? Smallotry?

For that matter, is a man-hating woman guilty of mystersoginy? When the weatherman refers to a tropical depression, is he talking about how palm trees make him really sad? Lastly, will there be any end to this ...Read more

Negative Legacies

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's funny how legacies can work. Abraham Lincoln ended the practice of American slavery, inspiring Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Acts, one step on the road to Barack Obama being voted the first Black president of the United States.

But even at their most glorious, they can be creations of...Read more



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