With the conventions behind us, Hillary Clinton & Co. left us with a rising spirit about America after the four-day dirge staged by her funereal opponents at the dark and dismal “Republican” thing in Cleveland. And Donald Trump, a dreadful person adrift in his own parallel universe, could only respond that Democrats don’t know the “real world”. He also sounded more than usually peckish from Michael Bloomberg’s pro-Hillary remarks at the DNC.
Huffed Genghis Trump: “I was going to hit one guy in particular, a very little guy. I was going to hit this guy so hard his head […]Full Story... →
The commotion at the Democratic convention’s curtain raiser distracted from a possible Trumpian subplot that is of major concern to U.S. intelligence officials. From all appearances the Russians hacked the DNC to expose an email cache that would make Hillary Clinton’s email troubles seem like no more than the hidden hole card in a penny ante game.
There’s now strong suspicion at the highest levels of the FBI that Russian president Vladimir Putin was behind the hacking because he wants his buddy-buddy Donald Trump to win. Even the timing of the disclosure on convention eve pointed to a Russian […]Full Story... →
Some takeaways from that thing up in Cleveland:
While Chris Christie, New Jersey’s intellectually challenged governor, was smugly trashing Hillary Clinton as the RNC’s piñata in his speech to a bloodthirsty audience that shouted “lock her up!!!”, his state was in a stranglehold by his ordered shutdown of billions of dollars of road projects frozen in a legislative deadlock on funding. Meantime, Christie’s pal, David Samson, has pleaded guilty for his nefarious role as the chairman of the Port Authority of New York in the Bridgegate scandal. Christie said he will look into the situation when he returns from Cleveland. […]Full Story... →
Forgive me, but I’ve never experienced schadenfreude to the extent that I did today on the morning-after of the Trump National Convention in Cleveland. There was more than enough misery to go around for Team Trump and his apologists that it cast a huge shadow over Trump’s boastful ability that he can make America great again.
We’re referring to the media’s erupted response to the discovery that Melania’s speech contained plagiarized passages from a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama.
There were reflexive responses by alleged adult politicians that will most certainly appear in a book by an author writing the […]Full Story... →
Trump’s white-guy delegates arrive for yesterday’s curtain-raiser of the TNC (Trump National Convention):Full Story... →
Here we are. The historic moment has arrived!
For the next several days The Q arena will be the site of the RNC encampment where the grapes of wrath are stored. Get out your pencils. The Q will stand for quackery. A sceptered Donald Trump will leave Cleveland as the smirking face of the Republican Party. The coronation will be in all of the papers and clog TV, which enabled his surge to the top of the GOP. Great audience -builder the white -gloved prophets of the networks exclaimed.
And The Donald didn’t even say thank you. .
There have […]Full Story... →
The breathless charade, otherwise known as Donald Trump’s search for a veep, is a perfect setting for his need to prevail over others in his realm. Even staid CNN described the theatrics as “drama” and “intrigue”. Trump could have written those words himself. In short order, he has created a group of celebrity supplicants who are prepared to give up their souls to be on Trump’s team. He’s a control freak whose ego swells with every photo-op as he rises to deliver America from evil.
By mid-week, his A-list had included ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a tattered hitchhiker these days […]Full Story... →
We may get more than a hint of Donald Trump’s plan to make America great as the former Republican Party’s ringmaster. Promising the greatest convention ever, the billionaire developer, former TV host and the overbearing life of his own party is said to be assembling a cast of celebrities , stunts, world-wide echo chamber and dog whistles to promote his perverse version of human endeavor.
As we all now live in a time when the globe stops spinning to honor achievements on unnatural grass, ice or hardwood floors, Team Trump is recruiting sports figures to fill in the blanks normally […]Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
(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 […]Full Story... →
Leaks from the Trump National Convention program committee have been guardedly sent to me by my disgruntled GOP friend.
Read carefully to be well ahead off the curve:
House Speaker Paul Ryan will lead the delegates in the Pledge of Allegiance as a reminder that he is strongly supporting a unified party. He will then be sent directly home.
Donald Trump himself will give the keynote speech as the only worldly philosopher king in the hall.
Trump also will place his name in nomination. “I do what I do,” he will tell the delegates. “There is none […]Full Story... →