Tag: Trump

President Trump is a global embarrassment but can Democrats beat him in 2020?

President Trump is a global embarrassment but can Democrats beat him in 2020?
In 1972, I knocked on doors in West Los Angeles for President Nixon. I caught the attention of California political operative Lyn Nofziger who made me Chairman of Young Voters for the President in West LA. That was a long time ago. Forty-six years have passed since that skinny kid with long black curly hair... Read more »

Donald Trump’s summit with Putin has emboldened Iran

Donald Trump’s summit with Putin has emboldened Iran
Late Sunday night, Donald Trump went to twitter and started beating the war drum against Iran. He did so in retaliation to the President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks in a speech that if the U.S. launches a war against Iran, it would be the mother of all wars. We heard that same phrase from none other... Read more »

What is your take on tonight’s State of the Union address?

What is your take on tonight’s State of the Union address?
Writers of political columns are usually former participants in politics or well-educated observers of our national questions. Our job is to write in platitudes and try not to be bromide with our words. Nothing is worse than a sedated reader. Part of our task is to try and convey the wisdom that comes with experience,... Read more »
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Unfit to govern

Unfit to govern
I know my regular readers are probably asking, “Doesn’t he mean Trump’s unfit to govern? This must be a typo.” Yes, I do mean that Trump is unfit to govern; and no, it is not a typo. We have a problem in the United States and it is a leadership problem. The problem is actually... Read more »

Is Sally Yates a patriot or a turncoat?

Is Sally Yates a patriot or a turncoat?
I’m a veteran of a Washington scandal or two and I’m maybe a bit too familiar with Congressional probes and Grand Juries.  The pre-testimony smear of Sally Yates shows the Trump Administration is afraid of what she might have to say to Congress. People think of Washington, DC as a beautiful city, filled with smart... Read more »

A shutdown is near and the GOP is destroying itself

A shutdown is near and the GOP is destroying itself
I’m doing a project for some foreign policy folks and it gave me an opportunity to talk to a long-time friend who is in the House of Representatives.   I called him last night. He is a very senior Republican who has been in the House of Representatives for decades.  We came to Washington about the... Read more »
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The gruesome reason Assad gassed his own people

The gruesome reason Assad gassed his own people
If you know anything about Syria, you would know Assad gassing his own people is logical.  In fact, it is quite normal behavior in that part of the World.  Before I get into that, I have some other concerns about what is becoming of the movement to oppose President Trump I want to put forward.... Read more »

Walking the plank for Trump

Walking the plank for Trump
What could go wrong?  Why wouldn’t a Congressman walk the plank for a raving lunatic who thinks he is being bugged, offers no evidence, and the FBI and Justice Department says there is no evidence? Why wouldn’t a Congressman walk the plank to strip millions of Americans of the health coverage they now have?  Come... Read more »

Trump and the GOP get their crazy on

Trump and the GOP get their crazy on
Are the Republicans mentally unstable? Some of their elected officials sure seem to be not the good picture of mental health. I have noticed though the crazy behavior tends to start when the press and public start making things hot on serious issues.  For instance, asking the question “Why did the Attorney General lie about... Read more »
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President Trump to ask for 54 Billion in military spending

President Trump to ask for 54 Billion in military spending
Tomorrow evening, President Trump will make his first address to a joint session of Congress.  Early reports are he will ask for 54 Billion Dollars in increased military spending.  He is expected to cut social spending and foreign aid. Foreign aid accounts for less than 1% of the federal budget, and largely benefits American Farmers... Read more »