From the daily archives: Saturday, July 2, 2016

Back  in the heyday of Gov. James Rhodes, if he vanished  from the sight of Statehouse reporters to avoid answering a sticky question, we assumed he was hiding in a weed patch.  The word became a staple of those of us in the press room, so much so that when I moved from Columbus, my colleague, Rick Zimmerman of the Plain Dealer sketched the cartoon shown here for my exit.  Enclosed in the balloon above the weeds was the farewell  message “Good-bye Abe! [signed] James A. Rhodes) For today’s bizarre Republican debacle,  we’re back to the weed patches of timid GOP congressmen […]

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(Third in a series of inside reports from the Trump National Convention program committee in Cleveland)

In a  spectacular photo-op scorning pollution regulations, the Republican nominee, acting as Don the Baptist, will personally baptize thousands of angry old white guys in Lake Erie to prepare them for post-convention service to make America great again.  Dozens  will drown, but Trump  will shrug off the fatalities as the effectiveness of water boarding by a dunking machine. (For readers under the age of 100, I should explain that Will Rogers once quipped that  evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, founder of the Foursquare Church,   used […]

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