Politics, Moderate



Donald, dearest

WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush's speech last week at a forum hosted by his eponymous institute might as well have been titled "Dear Donald." The 43rd president all but called out the current president by name as he lamented the tone and character of today's political rhetoric.

"Bigotry seems emboldened," said Bush. "Our politics seems more ...Read more

#MeToo: Tipping point, or outrage du jour?

WASHINGTON -- Depending upon one's distance from all things Twitter, recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood are either the tipping point we've been waiting for -- or just another shark attack until the next one.

If you're former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose book, "Be Fierce," was released just as Harvey Weinstein was ...Read more

A dearth of virtue and the death of hypocrisy

WASHINGTON -- Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody's a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Or, more to the point, when everyone's slurping from the same trough, who's a pig?

Today, hypocrisy is the smirk on Harvey Weinstein's face as he pursues therapy and asks forgiveness for his sexual ...Read more

Distracting ourselves to death

WASHINGTON -- When President Trump said a few days ago that now isn't the time for a debate about gun control, presumably he meant that we should respect a decent interval of time for mourning after the Las Vegas shooting before launching into a political discussion that historically has led nowhere.

If that's how he felt, it would have been ...Read more

Just a guy and the search for meaning

WASHINGTON -- The horror the horror.

The English language, expansive as it is, lacks sufficient vocabulary for the near-ceaseless popping sound of an automatic weapon pounding bullets into terrified people as they run away from and toward -- the unknown.

How do you express the inconceivable, the imponderable? You try to put yourself there. ...Read more

Stranger than Strange

WASHINGTON -- The political resurrection of Alabama's Roy Moore -- the Moses of the South -- and the mortal end of Hugh Hefner are not entirely unrelated.

It's not a straight line, mind you. But if Hefner's recent death the day after Moore won Alabama's Senate Republican primary runoff reminded us of how much American culture has changed in a ...Read more

Rocket Man and Dotard go bonkers in Toontown

WASHINGTON -- Pity the Pacific, a portion of which faces ultimate destruction should "Rocket Man" follow through on his reported threat to test a hydrogen bomb in the ocean in response to recent anti-North Korea comments from President "Dotard. "

So it goes in Toontown, where two of the planet's most unstable state actors call each other names ...Read more

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