A scene in an Indiana Jones movie has Harrison Ford sinking in quicksand up to his neck. He’s rescued by a friend who pitches a long snake to him for a tow line. It works . The plot continues.

But then, it’s a movie when anything can happen. My literature prof in college would refer to it as calling for a “suspension of disbelief.”

The scene is revived in my memory every time Sean Spicer chugs up to the microphone at a press briefing . Did he bring along another symbolic snake to yank his boss from the quicksand of the Trump administration? I close my eyes and there it is. In one of the few times in my life I am pulling for the serpent to win the struggle.

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The Beacon Journal noted editorially that Rep. Jim Renacci, the wealthy Republican from Wadsworth, was among the members of the House Ways and Means Committee that voted down a proposed amendment aimed at disclosing a president’s tax returns. Renacci, a Trump surrogate and possible candidate for Ohio governor in 2018, sniffed that calls to force Trump to reveal his own tax returns, were nothing more than “pure political posturing” by Democrats.

From what I know about posture, Renacci’s is stooped down to his knees to the new president. Can tax cuts benefiting the superrich explain the Trump-Renacci axis? Read the label.

 

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