Posts by: Denis Smith

Ever since the explosive Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump’s “grab ’em by the p*ssy” remark was revealed a few weeks before the 2016 presidential election, the asterisk has been used in deference to the sensibilities of polite company that might read and be offended by the Fifth Avenue Fraudster’s statement. But Trump never seems charming or polite in any company, and another more recent outrageous utterance by the president-as-asterisk may serve to define him.

When the subject is Donald Trump, there’s usually something way out of the ordinary going on with him. But in the particular […]

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When the Emmy Awards are announced next season, some pol watcher pros might predict, an Ohio congressman will certainly win in a category which he seems to dominate.

And the envelope, please…

The Emmy for the Worst Performance in a Continuing Role goes to … Jim Jordan of Urbana, Ohio.

How many different words can you use to describe the behavior of the coatless cur of Congress, that non-urbane, uncivil and unhinged arsonist from Urbana? Yes, the uber-partisan whom former Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Ohioan, called “A terrorist. A legislative terrorist.

Awful perhaps. Disgusting maybe. Reprehensible […]

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In light of daily revelations about new scandals engulfing the nation’s capital, we are struggling to digest the full magnitude of the corruption and incompetence of the Trump administration. But while we are absorbed by our present circumstances, it might be helpful to look at another very corrupt era of our national history, a time when the public also dealt with information overload about misdeeds in high places, for some perspective and an idea about where all of this ends.

In this case, the locus of corruption and scandal was not the nation’s capital but New York City, our financial […]

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“It ain’t over till it’s over,” Lawrence Peter Berra famously told us years ago. And if the topic is Republican behavior in the form of hatred for all things government, including targeting public employees for retribution and engineering government shutdowns, Yogi said it for us.

No, It ain’t over. Not by a long shot.

Welcome to another variant of PTSD – this one called Petulant Trump Shutdown Disaster.

During the 35-day government shutdown, we’ve seen any number of emotional interviews with forlorn furloughed federal employees and contractors. A tearful and frightened cook at the Smithsonian worried about losing his home. […]

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You have to hand it to Republicans. They know how to play hardball and show their deftness in navigating that Potomac swamp they’ve not yet bothered to drain.

How appropriate that a former attorney general, the very guy who previously showed his expertise in crafting presidential pardons has, in the heightening Trump-Russia investigation, been chosen to be the next attorney general. What timing. How coincidental.

The nomination of William Barr to be the next attorney general has raised controversy because of his previously expressed strong views about the Mueller investigation. In fact, some have suggested that the 19-page memo […]

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Let’s admit it. We’ve all had severe cases of writers’s block in our lives. Yes, not only in school, when that big paper was due but later, as adults, when we struggled in penning a letter to someone when we were uncomfortable with the task.

It’s been a while, but writer’s block has also afflicted me in one particular way. Big time.

In order to remedy this ailment, I’m making another attempt to rid myself of a very specific type of writer’s block, viz., how to compose a piece that will convey something very positive about Donald Trump.

Sure, […]

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Two recent developments, one a U.S. Senate committee report, the other newly signed legislation directing Ohio schools to offer instruction in cursive handwriting, provide a contrast in examining public policy and how our future societal needs are addressed. A look at each of these events offers some ideas about the direction we might be headed as a state and nation.

On December 16, the Washington Post published a story on the Senate Intelligence Committee report about the scope of Russian assault on our democratic process. In particular, the investigation focused on how a hostile foreign power manipulated the thinking of […]

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There was a major winter storm that, thankfully, missed us a few days ago but slammed states south of the Ohio River with record amounts of snowfall. But if nature can spare some areas and bury others, another tempest – this one of a political nature – is about to envelop millions of clueless Americans impaired by their addiction to and reliance on Fox News as their window for information about an unstable world.

Oh yes, Fox News.

Unlike those unfortunate souls from Texas to Virginia who were blindsided by the forces of nature, […]

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Did you ever have one of those moments when you read something and then you have to go back and read and reread it again, thinking you missed something in the first couple of reads?

Last week, was one of those huh? moments. I suspect that I was joined in the state of dumbfoundedness along with countless others when I read and reread summaries of the new reform plan of the House Democratic majority. (Note to self: the state of dumbfoundedness has no electoral votes. More on that later.)

Dick Polman, a Philadelphia writer, probably said it for […]

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Richard M. Nixon – Image: Library of Congress

Plunderbund readers and others interested in the subject of Republican campaign collusion with foreign governments are in for a treat on Sunday, November 18 at 9:00pm, with the airing of an MSNBC special on the 1968 election.

Yes, 1968. That wasn’t a typo.

Republicans have been colluding with foreign governments to influence the outcome of presidential elections for the last 50 years, and the documentary, Betrayal: The Plot That Won the White House, hosted by Rachel Maddow, will review archival evidence about how Richard Nixon himself was involved in […]

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If Carly Simon gave us an anthem with You’re So Vain, maybe Good Charlotte’s Predictable provides the perfect lyric to help us define the dull and uninspiring Andrew Brenner.

I knew it all along
You’re so predictable
I knew something would go wrong

Yes, we knew all along that he was so predictable. But what has gone wrong for Brenner this election year in a big way is that he’s facing a formidable candidate who has a great chance of bringing him down in the otherwise reliably red territory of Delaware and Knox Counties.

In his search […]

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