Politics, Moderate



Watch out for falling rocks

WASHINGTON -- Don't breathe a word, but President Trump is up to something.

His insulting, too-dumb-to-fail comments about four freshmen female members of Congress has the civilized world's trousers in a twist, and it's not a pretty sight.

The president tweeted that the four women of color, " ... who originally came from countries whose ...Read more

Nobody eats wolf

WASHINGTON -- From Little Red Riding Hood's terrifying encounter with the Big Bad Wolf to Kevin Costner's balletic romance with some kindred, four-legged spirit in "Dances With Wolves," Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with the ancestral predecessor of our favorite family pet.

Some want to hunt and kill as many wolves as they ...Read more

Acosta displayed rare cowardice before justice -- and needs to step down

WASHINGTON -- It helps to know people in high places, especially if you're a sex offender and your name is Jeffrey Epstein.

Some might say that Epstein, the multimillionaire financier, reached the summits of wealth and self-indulgence by his own volition. He is undeniably intelligent, a whiz kid at math and science in his early years who built ...Read more

Travels with Daddy

WASHINGTON -- "Surreal" was the word Ivanka Trump used to describe North Korea, which she briefly visited this past weekend with dear ol' dad.

It was the first time an American president had crossed the threshold into the hermit kingdom, where Trump met with his love-letter-writing bro Kim Jong Un. Naturally, Ivanka needed to be there.

It was,...Read more

Democratic debates reveal a galaxy of stars

CAMDEN, S.C. -- By now, the winners and losers of the first Democratic presidential debate(s) have been thoroughly hashed, roasted and served up overdone.

Bottom line: Women won. Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar all made strong showings, outshining most in the majority-male lineup. Harris was the undisputed winner owing ...Read more

Why millennials may be conservatives at heart

WASHINGTON -- Several current trends among millennials do not bode well for Democrats. Indeed, they suggest a greater affinity for (many) Republican policies, notwithstanding a, perhaps, contiguous dislike for the GOP's leadership.

Dare I say it: These trends may suggest a gradual migration toward traditional values and conservatism.

Hear me ...Read more

Can I call ya' <i>son</i>?

WASHINGTON -- The problem with a lifetime in public service is a lifetime in public service.

Enter Joe Biden, whose list of former offices and distinctions exceeds my word limit, and the recent scandal of his nurturing of working relationships with segregationists Sens. James O. Eastland and Herman Talmadge back in the 1970s.

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Wings still flying over Haiti

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- Jonathan Nash Glynn -- artist, pilot and philanthropist -- never envisioned himself as a missionary, but, absent religion, that's what he has become in recent years.

"I'm a secular Jew from Jersey," he laughs, as we catch up by phone on the past eight years. "You don't see many of those down there."

"Down there" is ...Read more

The gift of laughter and a father's legacy

WASHINGTON -- My father died with a smile on his face. But, of course, he would.

A few days earlier, as his wife, my sister and I gathered around his bed in the intensive care unit, I said, "I'll bet he's thinking right now, 'I wish these broads would go away and leave me alone.'"

Immediately, his face creased into his Hollywood smile and he ...Read more

Rapists' rights defy reason

WASHINGTON -- In Alabama, where a new law denies abortion to women even in cases of incest or rape, a rapist may still pursue custody rights of a child conceived during his assault.

I'll give you a moment to digest that sentence. It gets worse.

In a recent case, a young woman in Alabama sought help when she said her step-uncle, who raped her ...Read more

Terminate abortion, please

WASHINGTON -- The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying to be the most pro-choicest.

The newest controversy swirls around the 1976 Hyde Amendment, named after the late Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., which ...Read more

Swamp things storm the palace

WASHINGTON -- If there was "great love all around" during President Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom, as he tweeted Monday, the participants royal and decidedly otherwise were deceptively discreet.

From the coverage, one might have thought that Madame Tussauds had teamed up with George Lucas to create a charade parade of mechanized wax...Read more

A living eulogy for Ollie Oops

CAMDEN, S.C. -- Eulogies, it has always seemed to me, are best delivered while the subject is living and can enjoy hearing the best version of him- or herself.

Thus, today's column is dedicated to Ollie the Blind Poodle, also affectionately known as Ollie Oops. A toy poodle born blind, Ollie sometimes bumps into things, whereupon his human (...Read more

Don and Kim in 2020

WASHINGTON -- As the 2020 election gears up, it seems apparent that Mike Pence's days as vice president are numbered. Trump's preference is obvious: Kim Jong Un.

The vice-presidential candidate often plays the attack dog in a campaign -- hurling invectives, slinging mud and taking the heat for expressing the id of the candidate, who can remain ...Read more

Crazy in Colorado?

WASHINGTON -- Driving along Colorado's scenic byways, one might be distracted these days by a series of billboards promoting safe abortions or, depending upon one's route, alternatives to abortion, as well as assorted child-rearing recommendations.

They make one wistful for the old crazy preacher shouting the Gospel from an overturned fruit ...Read more

Bats in the belfry

WASHINGTON -- When author Mark Childress penned "Crazy in Alabama," he wasn't just whistling Dixie.

"I haven't been quoted this much since Roy Moore," Childress recently told me, referring to last week's coverage of Alabama's passage of a law banning abortion in nearly all circumstances. Moore, of course, was the U.S. Senate candidate who lost ...Read more

Doris Day wasn't a que serĂ¡, serĂ¡ sort of gal

WASHINGTON -- Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, there was no avoiding the adorable Doris Day. She was cute as a bug, wholesome, winsome and adored, at least in movies, by the swooning-est leading men in Hollywood -- Rock Hudson, Cary Grant and Clark Gable, to name a few.

As a young girl, I simply loved her and, of course, wanted to marry Rock. ...Read more

The challenge for women who run is how to stand out

WASHINGTON -- Conventional wisdom in my inner circle of sorcerers and sources has been that the first female president will be a Republican. This is because America is still mostly a center-right country, and voters would feel more comfortable with a conservative-leaning woman. So goes the thinking.

Republican Nikki Haley, former South Carolina...Read more

The end of everything -- or not

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- A new United Nations report projecting the extinction of one-eighth of all animal and plant species should rattle the cages of any remaining skeptics regarding climate change and the central role humans have played in Earth's accelerating destruction.

The report is by far the most-depressing and frightening bit of news ...Read more

Empathy should be a factor in 2020

WASHINGTON -- In 2008, when Sarah Palin entered the stage to debate her fellow vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, she asked him first thing: "Hey, can I call you Joe?"

It was a charming moment. In Palin's aw-shucks manner, she not only neutralized Biden as a formidable foe but reminded folks watching at home that she was just a gal from ...Read more


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