Posts by: Abe

Some week, huh? It’s getting so that a columnist can’t limit the words to a single exciting episode.

So let’s begin with Donald Sr. He and Melania shot off to Paris for Bastille Day (As if he cared about such trivial things). But, yep. Photo-ops galore where he told the world that France was “beautiful” and, to her face exclaimed to Brigitte Macron, the French president’s wife, “You’re in such good shape,” undiplomatically adding, “She’s in such good physical shape. Beautiful.”

(She’s 64; Emmanuel Macron, 38 – a non-issue for French voters.)

But The Don had to find […]

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I hope you don’t have big plans to spend the July 22 week end in Columbus. That’s the-save the-date Ohio Republican dinner in which the state capital will be clogged with traffic of hay wagons, flivvers and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci’s motorcycle from the remote Republican districts that now dominate the state’s political culture in the fatal grip of Donald Trump’s legions. By every measure, the party would have it no other way.

We need no further evidence than the breathless appearance of Vice President Mike Pence as the featured speaker – a gala that could only have […]

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Well, as we and everybody else knew he would, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced his candidacy for governor over the weekend. What, after all of these years, is an Ohio election without Mike on the ballot running for something? He has struck such positive accord with Ohio’s editorial writers with his feel-good non-confrontational behavior that the gurus are already projecting him as the Republican nominee for the governor’s office in 2018. That’s what is expected of us in Ohio’s political culture.

His official announcement came at his annual DeWine Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social in his hometown of Cedarville. The […]

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In an extraordinary work of journalism, today’s New York  Times published the complete list of President Trump’s lies after he barged into the Oval Office,  ending – so far – on June 21.  Each is dated with the correction of his words.  His boasts were demolished with evidence that he credited himself with good works that began in the Obama administration. Or that he had been wiretapped by Obama. Or the various other ways that he managed to offend our allies. Or saving public money with programs already in place before he got to Washington. The list starts on […]

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The Odor Of Mopping Up

On June 19, 2017 By

Mop-up from what we called in the barracks “latrine duty”:

When Donald Trump decided to take a break from being president of Pittsburgh to being exiled president of Cuba, he reached the zenith of chest-pounding crowd-pleasing perfection. Speaking to his choreographed audience in Little Havana, Trump expressed his gratitude for their votes last November. (“You voted for me and here I am,” he asserted with chin up in snorting defiance of all who would challenge him, apparently as shocked as anyone that indeed here he was.)

Speaking in what experts describe as a 4th grade level, he didn’t disappoint with […]

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Did The Cow Jump Over The Moon?

On June 19, 2017 By

I ask you: if you were in the same room the past year with the monstrous hulk of Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador with the face of a Royal Doulton toby mug, wouldn’t you recall the moment, and hasten to your friends to boast that you had just exchanged some pleasantries with the best known Russian spy in the diplomatic landscape? Wouldn’t you rank the rare experience higher than, say, sighting a cow jumping over the moon?

I mean, when it came to celebrities, even my father never forgot his glimpse of boxer Sonny Liston in a restaurant and never let […]

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When Donald Trump returned home from his nine-day itch to convert his visited countries into luxurious golf resorts he promptly told us that he had “hit a home run”. Like most of his idle notions, his boast far betrayed any sense of reality. From all reports, it was a badly executed bunt.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said he had convinced our allies that the U.S was no longer a reliable partner.

Despite his overseas respite from his chaotic effort to make America great for all future generations, at least those who manage to survive his toxic disregard for clean air […]

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Mike Pence Fleecing Reality

On June 4, 2017 By

Mike Pence, the second highest elected official in America  – a heartbeat away from the Oval Office! – went on Fox News to report that climate change is a leftist hoax.

Let the born again fundamentalist Hoosier explain:

“For some reason or another , this issue of climate change has  emerged as a paramount issue for the left in this country and around the world.   It‘s long been a goal of the liberal left in this country to advancing a climate change agenda.”

Aside from  the fact that Pence is stupid and a perfect fit for […]

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Trump’s Hollow Dynasty

On May 29, 2017 By

As we somehow press forward to survive the Trump Dynasty, I recall the words of  T.S. Eliot to define the character of the president’s  horrific performance.  They are from the poet’s “The Hollow Men”, which is a perfect fit for Trump, Pence,  Kushner, Bannon, Sessions et al…. We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

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Weakly Week In Review

On May 27, 2017 By

This was the week that still is;

The president referred to the pope as “something”.

The president shoved aside a foreign minister and, with chin upturned, haughtily walked forward.

A Republican congressional candidate in Montana body slammed a British reporter but still won the seat in a special election.

The president described the outcome as a “great victory” for Montana.

Some Trumpweeds defended the Republican’s violent assault by reminding us that everybody sins.

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and reputed to be Trump’s brain, reportedly attempted to set up a secret communications back channel with the Russian ambassador,

Mitch McConnell […]

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High on the list of historic optics for President Trump’s Middle East escape route was the gleeful smile-and-hug embrace by Benjamin Natanyahu, Israel’s prime minister. From all of the evidence Bibi was still in his ecstatic glow over Trump’s victory in November. I mean, a world without Hillary? Without Obama? How could any right-wing thinking soul not appreciate the fate that had been dealt to the planet by the oddball American?

For Trump, it was all about optics to disguise his inner grief over the mess he temporarily left behind with the mice continuing to play while he’s sojourning in […]

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