A Cautionary Joe Manchin Tale

A Cautionary Joe Manchin Tale

In the fifth episode of the fifth season of “The West Wing” entitled “A Constituency Of One,” Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) made a big mistake by not paying attention to the demands of Chris Carrick, a conservative Democratic senator from Idaho...
Don’t Give Him Credit

Don’t Give Him Credit

I saw an article the other day that said the decline in ratings for the cable news networks in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year was proof that those outlets missed having Trump drive viewership. While that’s true to a certain...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Amanda Marcotte has an excellent piece about CNN finally firing right-wing loudmouth Rick Santorum, but faced with the dilemma of finding a reasonable Republican to replace him on its panels. If it were up to me, all the news networks would stop hiring failed...
A New Low For Dumb Questions

A New Low For Dumb Questions

There have been a lot of dumb questions and answers at presidential press conferences, but Nancy Cordes of CBS may have set a new low yesterday. During President Biden’s first such event, Cordes asked if he will run for re-election in 2024. Run for re-election?...
Being Better Begins

Being Better Begins

A few weeks ago, a friend asked, “Do you think things will be better as soon as Biden takes over?” I replied, “No, but things will start to get better.” I remember the soaring feeling of watching Bill Clinton take the oath of office in January,...