Politics, Moderate



Hillary playing Nixon

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Let's return to yesteryear. Richard Nixon, coming off an already bitterly controversial career and countless tangles with the media, had just been beaten in the 1962 campaign to become California governor. He was severely resentful, and snarled at reporters, "You don't have Nixon to kick around anymore."

It became known as "the last press ...Read more

Bloomberg's latest dalliance seems to be presidential politics

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's not fair to call Michael Bloomberg just a superrich dilettante. He is, after all, a former mayor of New York City, so he does have some experience as a political officeholder. It is fair to describe Bloomberg as a superrich guy who obviously was looking for something to do, so he decided, "I think I'll dabble in presidential politics."

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Baseball strikes out

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Remember when baseball was referred to as the "national pastime"? Well, these days hating is the national pastime. Look no further than President Donald Trump's venture out to watch a World Series game last month. He encountered a tidal wave of boos and other unprintable jeering when he was introduced via the Jumbotron.

But then look what ...Read more

Beto went from 'next big thing' to the 'same old, same old'

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Here's the thing about those bright, shiny human objects that are so irresistible to those of us in media: The truth is that, like so much bling, they are merely fool's gold, soon tarnished by reality. It turns out that the overexposure reveals that there's little under the gloss, and this "next big thing" is very quickly reduced to "same old, ...Read more

Torturous analogy, talking treason, dog eat dog

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Once again, out of the fog of war there has emerged a heroic dog of war. Conan is a Belgian Malinois, a shepherdlike puppy that was slightly wounded during the commando raid that resulted in the explosive death by suicide vest of ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria. Belgians are a favorite of military forces and law-enforcement ...Read more

Trump plays a deadly game

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Let's give credit where it's due: As commander in chief, President Donald Trump can claim success for the military operation that took out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the long-elusive founder of ISIS, who, according to the White House and military sources, blew himself up setting off a vest of explosives that also took the lives of three of his ...Read more

There will be a lot of smoke from the rubble left by Trump

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Carl Sandburg said it, giving his advice to attorneys:

"If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell."

Sandburg, as you know, wrote the massive biographies of Abraham Lincoln. Taking anything he said and applying it to ...Read more

Right now there's finger-pointing everywhere

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's really difficult to tell because his hands are so small, but it looks for all the world that President Donald Trump has an extended middle finger raised at, well, all the world. Who knew that he could speak in sign language? Or at least that he knew how to say one word? Come to think of it, it's two words. He seems to have decided on a ...Read more


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