Politics, Moderate



We're coming to the season for porch talk

CAMDEN, S.C. -- With the arrival of spring and the advance of summer, American life shifts toward the porch -- at least for those lucky enough to have a sheltered outdoor space, preferably attached to the front or back of one's home.

That all people seem to love a porch and the conversations and activities that transpire there, it's a wonder ...Read more

It is finished

WASHINGTON -- Good Friday provided the language for a week that began with the terrible fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and ended with the long-awaited Mueller report: Jesus' final words before perishing on the cross: "It is finished!"

The fires have been extinguished and the great cathedral's two towers still stand. After nearly two years, ...Read more

Trump's banal tweet about tankers of water banal to the extreme

WASHINGTON -- At least he recognized the urgency.

As the world gasped in horror at the sight of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral burning in a cataclysmic moment, the president of the United States imparted these words of wisdom: "Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!"

Well, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Could we ...Read more

How will we deal with the Julian Assange problem?

WASHINGTON -- They say that guests are like fish; after three days they become a bit whiffy. By this measure, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange smelled like an overladen fishing vessel adrift in the searing sun.

Upon his arrest Thursday by British authorities, ending his nearly seven-year asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, revelations ...Read more

Whither the philosopher-president?

WASHINGTON -- In his most famous dialogue, "The Republic," Plato, via Socrates, explored the idea that a just state would best function under the leadership of a perfectly just philosopher-king.

That is, an intellectually curious person who pursues knowledge, is intelligent, reliable and wise, and embraces the simple life. To test the ...Read more

Kiss me, kiss me not

CAMDEN, S.C. -- At a recent brunch here preceding the Carolina Cup steeplechase race, the host gave me a gift of hometown recognition and, though we are friends, extended his right hand as I approached him.

As the gathering looked on, I ignored his hand and gave him a warm hug, which he returned. It was a natural thing for me to do because I'm ...Read more

Can I call ya Jo(k)e?

WASHINGTON -- It may be a truism-in-the-making that one's political career is over when, as a candidate, you must first apologize for your sex and race, which can mean only one thing: Young or old, you're a white guy.

Heaven forbid you should also be long of tooth and taupe of hair.

The Old White Men meme, usually used to describe the ...Read more

Surprised by the conclusion? Shocked? Hardly

WASHINGTON -- Cathartic, it was not.

The relentlessly plodding Mueller report finally ended after a 22-month whodunit that climaxed to the sound of pffft.

There is no evidence of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, special counsel Robert Mueller concluded. But, just in case Democrats needed a crumb to ...Read more


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