Politics, Moderate

/

Politics

Mr. Hughes Goes to Washington

WASHINGTON -- When postal worker Doug Hughes -- otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude -- landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.

He must be a believer in miracles because he might have been shot down -- and probably should have been. Horrible as this would have been in retrospect, he ...Read more

2016: The Woman Trap

WASHINGTON -- Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.

Already, women I know report that they're feeling the heat from their more-liberal friends. Not a Democrat for Hillary? Good luck leaning forward, at least in ...Read more

Ring in the Olde?

WASHINGTON -- Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.

This is never truer than during a political season. It doesn't matter whether the past (meaning all of four years ago) trumps the present -- or whether the future carries a whiff of embers and smoke -- we gallop into tomorrow like a dog who mastered the ...Read more

Rolling Stone Gathers Dirt On Itself

WASHINGTON -- "As we asked ourselves how we could have gotten the story wrong ..."

Thus read a Rolling Stone editor's note attached to a post-mortem story on the false story it published last fall about an alleged gang rape by members of University of Virginia's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

Such statements extract all the oxygen from the air that...Read more

Revenge of the Help

WASHINGTON -- The new tell-all, "The Residence," featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious -- and utterly lacking in nutritious content.

Just as desserts should be.

Washington political writers, meanwhile, have been tearing through lists of revealed secrets thinking to ...Read more

Born-Again Parenting

WASHINGTON -- For a variety of reasons, I gave up alcohol Jan. 4. I have your attention, don't I? This is because people who enjoy drinking are always curious about people who stop. I know I always am. And this is so because most regular imbibers, especially us wine drinkers -- and especially mothers -- worry that perhaps we enjoy it too much.

...Read more

Freedom is a Two-Way Street

WASHINGTON -- Excited protests against Indiana's recently passed religious freedom law have highlighted both America's growing support for same-sex marriage and our apparent incapacity to entertain more than one idea at a time.

The law in question is a version of the 1993 federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) signed by then-...Read more

A Leap of Faith -- Into Thin Air

WASHINGTON -- The apparently intentional downing of a Germanwings airliner by the co-pilot has us riveted, as commercial plane crashes usually do.

In each terrible instance, we put ourselves in the cabin, imagining what our last thoughts or actions would be. Would we close our eyes and pray? Would we scream? Would we seize the person next to us...Read more

Wacko Birds Nesting in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON -- President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.

He left out the part about Democratic intransigence and at least one incident of "wacko-birdness" from the left.

When John McCain originally...Read more

Let's Not Talk

WASHINGTON -- I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish to be.

Absolutely no one is talking about race.

In fact, no one is talking at all except to mumble an order while checking email.

I confess I'm not usually here at ...Read more

Hillary & the Media: Act 2016

WASHINGTON -- Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton's email, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do.

The latest CNN/ORC poll shows that a majority of Americans (51 percent) think the email controversy is "serious," yet 57 percent would be "proud" to have her as president. So what are we to conclude?...Read more

Hillary Clinton's Secret Mess

WASHINGTON -- On March 2, the story broke that Hillary Clinton had possibly violated email regulations while secretary of state.

You could almost hear the collective gasp in Washington: Oh, no, here we go again.

But then the next evening, Clinton was feted at the EMILY'S List 30th Anniversary Gala dinner as though nothing had happened. Only ...Read more

Dunking the President

WASHINGTON -- With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today's relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder.

The letter from 47 Republican senators to Iran's leaders proffering a civics lesson on the U.S. Constitution has predictably triggered outrage. In a sneeringly adolescent tone, the ...Read more

'Just Look at Him'

WASHINGTON -- "At least nobody died," we often hear in politics to explain away some regrettable act. As in:

So, yeah, maybe President Obama wasn't telling the complete truth about keeping your doctor, but at least nobody died.

Or: Oh, sure, we said mean things about her, but she can take it. Words aren't lethal.

With the ...Read more

The GOP: A Tragedy in 52 Acts

WASHINGTON -- I'm getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public's perception that they're incapable of governing.

This week marked Episode 2, Season 2 in the series "Homeland Security Face-Off." Subtitle: "How Republicans Forfeit the White House in 2016."

Notwithstanding Tuesday ...Read more

Twitter as America's Conscience

WASHINGTON -- Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.

Or so we are told by the minders of buzz.

Penn, just before announcing Inarritu's award for Best Picture, the director's third Oscar of the ...Read more

The Love Litmus Test

Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one -- Do you believe President Obama loves America? -- makes birthers seem witty.

The question arose after former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani told a private audience that he doesn't think Obama loves America. He further noted that Obama wasn't raised like him or...Read more

Wordsmithing War

WASHINGTON -- Channel-surfing the nightly cable news, one is reminded that certitude is the enemy of sanity.

On both Fox News and MSNBC, conversation has centered lately on the proposed war against the Islamic State and President Obama's related summit with religious leaders.

On Fox, the summit was viewed as an exercise in "community ...Read more

The Riddle of War

WASHINGTON -- There's a very 2001 feel to President Obama's request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we'll be at war indefinitely.

Although we haven't suffered a catastrophic hit as we did on 9/11, we've been witness to atrocities -- vicious promissory notes on debts to be collected -- that are tailor-made ...Read more

Juicing the Story

WASHINGTON -- As soon as the news broke Tuesday evening, anyone near a TV, radio or computer heard that three Muslim students were murdered near the University of North Carolina.

My immediate thought was, "Oh, my God, not Muslims."

That very same day, we had gotten confirmation that 26-year-old American hostage Kayla Mueller, who had been ...Read more

 

Social Connections

Comics

Steve Benson Darrin Bell Mike Lester Signe Wilkinson Michael Ramirez Lisa Benson