From the daily archives: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ohio Governor John Kasich ended his national book tour last Friday with a guest appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

In Los Angeles to promote his book “Two Paths: Divided or United?” the governor, who last year got his “ass kicked” as show host Bill Maher described the beating he took after losing 49 GOP primaries and caucuses, turned in his best performance to date on why he’s upset with both political parties, and why his voice on a variety of issues will continue to be heard even after he departs office in about 18 months.

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Oxymorons are standard rhetorical fare in American politics today. Jumbo shrimp, deafening silence, found missing, and now Trumpcare, are common examples of putting opposites together to make odd sense.

In the classic dystopian work “1984,” author George Orwell coined some of histories best oxymorons: “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery,” Ignorance is strength.”

If a picture of State Treasurer Josh Mandel was posted next to “transparently opaque,” it would be a suitable visual for someone who talks transparency for purposes of political expediency, because he thinks it’s good politics his base of Trumpian voters will go for, but who tries […]

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