Posts by: Abe

I don’t criticize Ohio tag-along Sen. Rob Portman for being a Republican. I’ve known some Democrats over the many years who were worse.

No, my problem with Portman is that he is a hypocrite-in-chief.

The other night ,for example, there he was in a TV commercial tryng to make waves inside of a big workplace wearing a prescribed white hardhat and jeans, a big smile, and seemingly in his casual comfort zone with whoever the guys were who were standing next to him. The commercial was again blasting his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, for losing 350,000 jobs.(The senator’s […]

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Trump Rigging His Candidacy?

On August 25, 2016 By

David Prentice, executive secretary treasurer of the Tri–County Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO, raised a valid question at an outdoor gathering of Democrats this week that I didn’t see reported anywhere. One of several speakers assembled on the county headquarters lawn to criticize Donald Trump’s refusal to release his 2015 income tax returns, Prentice referred to the Republican candidate’s excuse that they were being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

Prentice then wondered why Trump didn’t release his 2014 returns. ”That should have been a done deal,” he told me later,

Indeed, it should have been. But not if the billionaire […]

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A Book Directly From Trump’s Bio

On August 22, 2016 By

I finished reading David Cay Johnston’s book, “The Making of Donald Trump”, the day before the Republican nominee was to burst into Akron with another yarn about making America great. Johnston is a legendary investigative reporter who has adorned his credentials with a number of journalism awards, including a Pulitzer. So this volume, published in July, should be treated with respect and not as a paste-up pot-boiler that arrives in time for another election. You may know him from his guest TV appearances..

The book has doubtless been churning around in Johnston’s bearded head for decades. And the character that […]

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Trump: The Nightmare Continues

On August 13, 2016 By

There is nothing more apparent in the Trump theater of the absurd than to see how his minions are squirming these days to make up things to somehow explain his incoherent howling as a presidential candidate.

There’s Mike Pence, for example, who is known to wear his Christian principles on his sleeve and daily bread as Indiana governor now playing Trump’s blessed hood ornament for evangelicals. Pence responds to the critics of his boss’s dangerous call to Second Amendment action against Hillary, by merely saying the billionaire is “a good man”. That should relieve the jitters among some of us […]

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Has there ever been a presidential candidate more fascinated  by violence than Donald Trump, who is reprising Clint Eastwood’s role of “Dirty Harry” at every stop?

To  remind you: At his rally in Sioux Center, Iowa, he boasted to his flash mob of loyalists that he could “stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters”. He barked he was so outraged by the speakers at the Democratic National Convention that  he wanted to hit them in the head again and again to make their heads spin. He has complained that  there was no […]

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Timken Plays The Trump Card

On August 12, 2016 By

When Donald Trump flew into Akron-Canton Airport the other night, it was an elite in-and-out milk stop for a $25,000-a- head fund raiser at Brookside Country Club. The private event was hosted by Jane and Tim Timken, the iconic Republican industrialist family whose powerful name represents a company town called Canton.

I found it quite a challenge to get more details than that, although I did learn that two of the names on the small guest list were former First Energy commanding officer Tony Alexander and Summit County Republican executive committee chairman Bryan Williams. After repeated calls to Stark County […]

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Do you feel at least halfway renewed by Donald Trump’s boast to the Detroit Economic Club that he can easily fix what ails America? He promised to wave his magic wand and do it quickly, saying it “won’t be hard”.

We have long learned that Trumpness is a combination of dark fiction for the masses and pleasant reality for the wealthy like himself. So when he pitched his pledge to eliminate “death taxes” it was among his longest foul balls – unless you are worth millions upon millions. The tax is exempt for any couple with an estate of up […]

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Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is forever restlessly in a campaign mode. At 38, the Beachwood Republican has already won two terms to the Ohio House of Representatives followed by his successful quest for treasurer. But wait . He’s now setting his stage to challenge Democrat U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2018. So as the saying goes, life is short, eat the dessert first.

As a warmup, he served as Marco Rubio’s Ohio chairman in the GOP primary field, which was more for Mandel’s workshop exercise than for Rubio’s benefit.

The Plain Dealer recently reported that Mandel has already unlocked his […]

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I hate to keep harping about this, but Sen. Rob Portman’s decision to endorse Donald Trump is a solid , if toxic, indication that Ohio’s tag-along Republican senator is running on fumes while most conservative Republicans are denouncing the billionaire demagogue . .

Consider his explanation of the Trump endorsement when he was in Youngstown this week pretending to be a blue-collar kind of guy.. He said he preferred Donald to Hillary even though he “might” (or might not?) have a “little” (more or less?) disagreement with his party’s presidential nominee.

Cautious? I’m not sure since he seldom comes right […]

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Tag-Along Portman With Trump

On August 2, 2016 By

One of the biggest losers in the Trump family so far has been tag-along Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. The Cincinnati Republican didn’t show much with his endorsement of Trump, nor has he taken the first step to withdraw that position. But as he is eager to inform us, he’s a “common-sense” conservative who wants what’s best for America. Blah,Blah, Blah.

So he decided what was best for him during the RNC in Cleveland was to seek photo-ops of himself in shiny new jeans puttering around at a Habitat for Humanity site. The big Ohio newspapers, including his hometown Enquirer, were […]

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If Donald Trump were to throw out  the first pitch at a baseball game, the errant  ball would doubtless crack the head of a fan in the right field stands.  Asked to explain the odd trajectory, he would only explain, “There’s something going on…There’s something going on.”

So we shouldn’t be too surprised that faced with deep concerns about his traitorous relationship with Russian President Vladimir  Putin,  Candidate Trump temporarily switched the narrative to an  attack on a Muslim Gold Star  mother who stoically remained silent as her husband, Khizr Khan, spoke to the DNC
about their grief from […]

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