Posts by: Abe

As videos remind us of Michael Flynn’s harsh demands against Hillary Clinton to “lock her up”, there is growing speculation that he will not be imprisoned for his disgraceful role in the Russia probe.  The debate over Flynn’s fate as a mob canary will extend to both sides of special counsel Robert Mueller’s penetrating reach.

At this point, does it really matter?  The disgraced general has already condemned himself ago to imprisonment in the pages of history books from which he can’t escape – now and forever.

That leads me to ask why people are so willing to give up their name, honor, and reputation in their […]

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Trump’s Awful Road Show

On December 9, 2018 By

It was a brutal week for Donald Trump, who was upstaged at the G-20 assembly of world leaders in Buenos Aires, a would-be superstar who was adrift in a sea of confusion and bad news.

I caught a glimpse of him in the small crowd as Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gleefully bonded in front of the global cameras like uniting fraternity brothers. But our guy was outvoted 19-1 on climate change and didn’t appear to be taken seriously about anything.

When it was time to go home he was seen tramping around the others as though his next step […]

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Thanks, But No Thanks

On November 29, 2018 By

With the caravan of Democrats pondering whether to run for president in 2020, I want to announce that I will not be among the candidates. That’s NOT, as in NOT.

None of the options to thrust me into the heavy traffic  is appealing.

I do not dream of building the tallest tower in the world in Riyadh.

I don’t’ have the full support of rich Bedouins to lay out a golf course  in the Sahara.

If I told a lot of lies, only Mississippi voters  would believe me.

After Trump leaves, there won’t be many scams left to go around.

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Voter Suppression In Ohio, Too

On October 28, 2018 By

The voter suppression disgrace in Georgia is hardly a surprise for a Republican Party that has vigorously sought ways for years to hold on to power on Election Day. Emboldened by a corrupt president who complained that three million fraudulent votes led to his deficit in the popular vote in 2016, the GOP’s minions in a number of states continue their efforts to disenfranchise the “colored” – as a party leader once described them to me a quarter-century ago.

Here is how another party brain, Doug Preisse, the Franklin County GOP chairman, later divulged the us-and-them protocol in a statement to the Columbus Dispatch:

“I guess […]

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The Trump Party, Such As It Is

On October 9, 2018 By

I hope all of you survived the past week’ s further degrading of Congress with the rigged Republican seating of Brett Kavanaugh to, allegedly, the highest and wisest court in the land.

With Donald Trump’s howling wind at their backs, the minions were left with no other options for servility.  Clearly, the decision was locked before the Senate Judiciary Committee had voted. “Nobody,” Trump once bragged, “knows the system better than I do.  That’s why I alone can fix it.” (Have you yet noticed the president’s heroic way with words?”)

The fix began a year ago when the president’s caddies […]

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The GOP’s Poor Gender Optics

On September 25, 2018 By

What’s wrong with this picture?

In New York, President Trump is selling off the world at the United Nations on why America must be first. About everything.

In Washington, Republican white guys on the Judiciary Committee who are too many years beyond retirement age are trying to set the stage to install another white guy – Brett Kavanaugh by name – on the U.S. Supreme Court regardless of the male-female optics of interrogating a woman who has accused Kavanaugh for being terribly full of predatory sexual mischief as a teenager.

But why is it taking so long?  Particularly after the capo di […]

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When The Other Side Has a Leo

On September 21, 2018 By

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, […]

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The Hearing That Wasn’t

On September 14, 2018 By

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 […]

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The Agent Orange Now Challenged

On September 11, 2018 By

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 […]

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Trump’s Bad Week

On August 31, 2018 By

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 […]

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“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, […]

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