Anyone who doubts that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would target Roe v. Wade as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice might want to check the name, Leonard Leo. He is the executive vice president of the conservative 60,000 member Federalist Society, a legal group that has no small influence along Potomac waters.
The society submitted a couple of lists of possible presidential nominees before Kavanaugh was chaperoned to Trump by Leo, a well-tailored live-wire anti-abortionist who was described in the New Yorker last year by Jeffrey Toobin “as being shaped as much by Catholicism as by conservatism.” Toobin quoted Leo:
“My grandparents were deeply religious people, […]Full Story... →
I’ve been having a terrible time trying to erase from my memory the so-called confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. That soaring appointment was assured when President Trumpalooka chose him as the pick of the right-wing litter – an appellate judge who wasn’t even on the original list of the conservative Federalist Society’s array of recommended space fillers to replace Justice Kennedy.
But with Trumpalooka bossing the Oval Office these troubled days, do we really need another hint of how it all came about to satisfy a base of pro-lifers?
He will be confirmed and […]Full Story... →
So it is Donald Trump vs. Barack Obama on the stump. Agent Orange vs. Black Light, the latter an instrument used to determine flaws and repairs in objects.
The mock matchup of the current president and the ex is an easy call: Obama is expressively Mr. Cool – masterfully calm, thoughtful, authentic in dealing with today’s realities. None of these attributes apply to The Uncool Donald, who lives worriedly in a world that’s a vast laundromat where his fortunes flow, roll and tumble out of sight of yokels, rich and poor.
Now, Obama is making a bid to change all of […]Full Story... →
The final week of the National Football League’s pre-season games was also one of Donald Trump’s classic exhibitions of brutish conduct that exemplified his derangement. As America’s quarterback, he managed to throw a half dozen more interceptions, fumbled all over the field and argued against rigged unnecessary roughness penalties by dishonest officials that made no difference in making the NFL and America great again.
They were, after all, exhibition games, which are the sort of theatrics that assure Trump of a raucous gathering at his rabid love-ins.
About the week: He delayed a childish flat response to Sen. John McCain’s death, and by Thursday […]Full Story... →
“We showed no care for the little ones. We abandoned them.”
That concern was expressed by Pope Francis in the wake of the explosive report that more than 1,000 children had been sexually abused by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania.
But he could very well have been referring to the thousands of kids separated from their parents Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigrants, with 564 still in undisclosed faraway places.
Not that the president cares that much about other people’s kids while his own are in worrisome circumstances in the Russia probe. In a recent speech in Charleston, […]Full Story... →
Do you think Simon and Garfunkel might have had the Republican congressmen in mind when they wrote “The Sound of Silence”? Given the fact that the creepy pols obsequiously duck into the nearest cave when the issue of the monster in the Oval Office adds a few more shreds to our democracy, one must decide that they, too, are bluffing when they solicit your vote as wannabe leaders. They are not. Nowhere is that more evident than in Ohio where the Trump Republican ticket has nothing at all to venture about Donald Trump.
That group would include Mike DeWine, who is free-wheeling his feel-good right-wing […]Full Story... →
Is there anything more useless in White House slithering than Sarah Sanders’ daily encounters with reporters at the press briefings? Slithering? If she is asked whether Thanksgiving will be celebrated in November, you can be sure she will respond that “the president has been very clear that he wants to serve all of the people.”
And if his side doesn’t do well in the mid-term elections, will he abolish “Merry Christmas” as the official greeting of Christians? Reply: “The president has been very clear that he wants to protect the safety of all Americans.”
In Sarah-talk, there has never been any […]Full Story... →
Permit me to enter my small voice to today’s national gathering of newspapers editorially reacting – en masse – to Donald Trump’s rancorous charge that journalists are the “enemy of the people”. As one who has knocked some newspapers and broadcasters from time to time – and soundly knocked by them – in the normal fraternal give-and-take of the business, I am not here to take a bow for a profession that I was forever happy to represent in the more than half-century in which I tried to serve it.
Yes, we all have l had moments that we would like to replay with more finesse. And yes, there were days when […]Full Story... →
I am happy to report some good news in the dark and deadly atmosphere of fading democracy: President
Trump has finally come up with a job for Vice President Pence beyond tail-wagging and Bible reading.
By now you’ve probably heard the reports that Pence, a Fido-like creature with heavenly ambitions, is promoting a space force that would validate Orson Welles’ alarming vision of Martians landing in New Jersey 80 years ago. (In modern terms it would be cast as Trump landing in the Oval Office for a second term.)
“The time has come,” Pence soared to a Pentagon audience, ” to write the next […]Full Story... →
Oh, for Heaven’s sake!
With the juicy Manafort trial winding down, another long-fingered scandal was whipping up in western New York. Its district congressman, Rep. Chris Collins, the first of his Capitol Hill breed to endorse Donald Trump, was arrested on a charge of insider trading. I’m not that deeply into understanding Wall Street transactions, but the reports seem serious.
In brief, Collins, a rich Republican operative, sits on the board of an Australian drug company that was trying to develop a miracle drug for multiple sclerosis. When Collins was tipped off that the product was a failure without public notice, he hastily called […]Full Story... →
It’s been a terrible week for Ohio ’s Trump Republican candidates as they meekly try to run out the clock on their president’s insults of iconic LeBron James. Forever the adolescent arbiter of the villainy of his critics, Trump decided to trample out the hardwoods where the grapes of wrath are stored. It took no more than a split second to figure out that he was again imposing his racism by attacking the NBA superstar who had earlier called him – deservedly so – a bum. For the past week, James, an Akron guy, had been celebrated nationally for his […]Full Story... →