Politix Update: The Virulent Cancer That’s Eating Away At The Body Politic
Aug31

Politix Update: The Virulent Cancer That’s Eating Away At The Body Politic

DR. FRANK LUNTZ EXPLAINS HOW TRUMPOSIS SPREADS FROM A SINGLE CELL Scientists discover a new form of cancer. After further research, they conclude that it attacks a wide cross section of adult Americans. The cancer is highly virulent and threatens the body politic as it metasticizes. It is dubbed acute trumpoma carcinoma, or Trumposis for short. Scientists are unsure as to why Trumposis seems to be so contagious, but they have reached...

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Politix Update: Everybody Knows That Emperor Christie Has No Clothes
Aug27

Politix Update: Everybody Knows That Emperor Christie Has No Clothes

Occasionally in politics, ego-driven windbags who have created auras of inevitability around themselves fall to earth. Their balloons burst, the wheels come off their wagon, the wind goes out of their sails. But they are the last people in the room to get the joke, so evidentually fraudulent that they think they’re wearing a custom-tailored twill suit with a snappy designer necktie when they step to the podium at a rally but...

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Politix Update: Scott Walker Is Against Big Government. Unless He’s For It.
Aug24

Politix Update: Scott Walker Is Against Big Government. Unless He’s For It.

“It is a time when one is filled with vague longings. When one dreams of flight to peaceful islands in the remote solitudes of the sea, or folds his hands and says, ‘What is the use of struggling, and toiling and worrying anymore? Let us give it all up.’ “ ~ MARK TWAIN One of the abiding ironies of the conservative Republican politicians who regularly rail against Big Government is that when Big Government furthers their...

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Politix Update: Donald The Trump Hammers The Last Nail In The Republican Coffin
Aug21

Politix Update: Donald The Trump Hammers The Last Nail In The Republican Coffin

Donald Trump’s new immigration plan is so extreme, so cruel and so unfair that you would think that other Republican presidential wannabes would be whacking it like a piñata filled with rattlesnakes. Well, you’d be wrong, because the plan is proving to be a big hit with Trump’s rivals, as well as the party’s reliably nativist base, which is desperate “to take back their country.” Oh, and that sound...

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Politix Update: I Adore You, Joe Biden, But Please Don’t Run For President
Aug19

Politix Update: I Adore You, Joe Biden, But Please Don’t Run For President

Playing beach volleyball on summer vacations as a teenager with a guy who ended up a heartbeat away from the presidency does not qualify me to comment on Joe Biden, while being a native Delawarean who has closely watched and cheered on his four-decade ascendancy from county councilman to Vice President of the United States, with an occasional handshake and exchange of pleasantries at a football game or other event at our alma mater,...

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Politix Update: For Jeb Bush, Money Can’t Buy Him Love — Or The Presidency
Aug17

Politix Update: For Jeb Bush, Money Can’t Buy Him Love — Or The Presidency

It’s been a tough summer for America’s two leading family political dynasties. Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush were once seen as locks on their party’s presidential nominations, but Clinton’s campaign is encountering rough seas, while Bush’s campaign has never left port, although in the end — and with the 2016 election still a distant 15 months away — these dog-day travails may matter little to...

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Book Review: Thomas Kunkel’s ‘Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker’
Aug14

Book Review: Thomas Kunkel’s ‘Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker’

WHEN THE NEW JOURNALISTS CAME ASHORE, JOE MITCHELL WAS THERE TO GREET THEM. ~ JOHN McPHEE Sadly, upon his death in 1996 at age 87, Joseph Quincy Mitchell was less known for his extraordinarily elegant writing in The New Yorker than his decades-long case of writers block. Mitchell, who died in 1996 at age 87 after a 48-year career at The New Yorker, is arguably the patron saint of literary journalism, or long-form journalism, as I...

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Politix Update: The Secret Of The Political-Media Industrial Complex Revealed
Aug12

Politix Update: The Secret Of The Political-Media Industrial Complex Revealed

The big problem has been hiding in plain view for years, but becomes more obvious with every election cycle and this year with every new poll showing Donald Trump still in the ascendancy, every new round of commentaries from pundits who fulminate that Donald Trump is doing so well because Donald Trump doesn’t play by the rules, and every pronouncement to the effect that if everyone would just hold their breath, Donald Trump will...

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Politix Update: Foes Try To Get A Grip On The Greased Pole That Trump Sits So Preeningly Atop
Aug10

Politix Update: Foes Try To Get A Grip On The Greased Pole That Trump Sits So Preeningly Atop

If you look at the whole Republican Party, from libertarians to evangelicals to the Tea Party, you have a group of people who’ve been lied to for 35 years. Republican [presidential candidates] have said, “Elect us and we’ll do these things.” Well, they haven’t. And that frustration is manifesting itself in Trump. ~ MICHAEL STEELE Now that the republic has survived the first presidential debate, it’s time to...

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Politix Update: Empty Rhetoric From All The Candidates About Helping An American Middle Class In Crisis
Aug06

Politix Update: Empty Rhetoric From All The Candidates About Helping An American Middle Class In Crisis

If there is a single issue on which candidates for president agree regardless of party affiliation or political persuasion, it is that America’s middle class is in deep doo-doo and with a wave of their magic wand they will ride to the rescue. But while that mantra has great appeal, it obscures a dirty secret: No one is going to be able to help the middle class in ways that count. There are two big problems here: Defining what...

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We Have A Winnah! The First And Last Annual TMV Republican Analogy Contest
Aug06

We Have A Winnah! The First And Last Annual TMV Republican Analogy Contest

AND THE WINNAH IS (DRUM ROLL, PLEASE) . . . THE OHIOAN FOR NOT ONE BUT THREE TERRIFIC ANALOGIES, OUR FAVORITE BEING: Today’s Republican Party is like the guy who trained his Doberman Pinscher to protect the family only to find the Doberman didn’t understand the concept of “family”. (Please email me at [email protected] with your mailing address and we’ll send out your prize ASAP.) In a recent Politix Update...

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Has It Really Been 70 Years? Shinichi’s Trike & The Lessons Of War
Aug05

Has It Really Been 70 Years? Shinichi’s Trike & The Lessons Of War

Shinichi Tetsutani loved to ride his beloved tricycle outside his house in Higashi-Hakushima-Cho, a neighborhood in the Japanese port city of Hiroshima. Shin-chan, as his family affectionately called the three-year-old, was doing just that on the morning of August 6, 1945 when there was a brilliant flash in the sky. The boy was about a quarter mile from the hypocenter of the detonation of the first nuclear weapon to be used in anger,...

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Politix Update: Ted Cruz Has The Republican Hooker’s Clientele. But what About Other Voters?
Aug03

Politix Update: Ted Cruz Has The Republican Hooker’s Clientele. But what About Other Voters?

Politicians lie all the time. They lie about big stuff and small stuff. They lie when they don’t have to lie. Voters expect no less. But when Ted Cruz recently called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar — very publicly, in fact, and twice lest anyone had missed him the first time — it was less a breach of some kind of honor-among-thieves code than further confirmation that the power struggle between the...

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Politix Update: Does The New York Times Have It In For Hillary Clinton?
Jul31

Politix Update: Does The New York Times Have It In For Hillary Clinton?

When the New York Times commissioned a cover for the January 24, 2014 issue of its Sunday Magazine, the result was an eye popping departure from the norm. Readers accustomed to covers of political powerhouses like those of Barack Obama looking presidential, a thoughtful Newt Gingrich with his chin resting on intertwined fingers or Sarah Palin flashing her toothy smile, were assaulted with an unflattering rendering of the head of a...

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Politix Update: The Republican War On Women Grinds On and On.  Why?
Jul29

Politix Update: The Republican War On Women Grinds On and On. Why?

Like the White Queen in her youth, the contemporary Republican politician must be capable of believing as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ JACOB WEISBERG The news is going from bad to worse for Republicans when it comes to working women. You know, the people who give birth to and raise children, take them to daycare and later soccer practice and piano lessons and care for elderly parents while juggling their careers,...

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Politix Update: The Republican Party’s Next Headache Is A Guy Who Wears A Funny Hat
Jul27

Politix Update: The Republican Party’s Next Headache Is A Guy Who Wears A Funny Hat

As if the Republican Party didn’t have enough negative publicity-grabbing problems with a man who is not serious about wanting to be president leading an overcrowded field of people who really want to be president and a president who is doing a pretty good job of being president, now comes (well, pretty soon, anyway) the Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the...

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Politix Update: The Republicans Flail While Trump Sails & Jeb! Gets Caught Out
Jul22

Politix Update: The Republicans Flail While Trump Sails & Jeb! Gets Caught Out

DONALD TRUMP IS THE PERFECT REPUBLICAN. NO WONDER HE EMBARRASSES THEM. ~ Jim Wright We won’t know until early next week whether Donald Trump’s slander of John McCain will slow if not derail his seemingly improbable rise to the top of the Republican presidential polls, but early indications are that the bloviating gadzillionaire’s criticism of the war hero for having the temerity to get shot down over North Vietnam...

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Politix Update: What Happens When You Use Bigotry & Hate As Weapons
Jul20

Politix Update: What Happens When You Use Bigotry & Hate As Weapons

IF YOU PLANT ICE YOU’RE GONNA HARVEST WIND ~ Robert Hunter It is disingenuous to blame Republicans for the xenophobic and racist white male as a force in American presidential politics. Democrats also must share the blame, and a societal malaise larger than politics is the cauldron for this toxic brew. But the Republican Party alone is responsible for calculatedly harnessing bigotry and hate as political weapons, and...

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Politix Update: The Bernie Sanders Effect & Return Of Opus The Penguin
Jul16

Politix Update: The Bernie Sanders Effect & Return Of Opus The Penguin

Is little old Bernie Sanders the best thing to happen to Hillary Clinton and the worst thing to happen to the overcrowded Republican presidential field? At this point in the long and winding road to the big dance, the answer is an emphatic yes because economic issues such as wage stagnation, job growth and workplace gender imparity are grabbing an outsized — and deserving — amount of attention. Sanders, despite the...

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Politix Update: Please Don’t Throw Us In The Briar Patch, Mister Trump!
Jul14

Politix Update: Please Don’t Throw Us In The Briar Patch, Mister Trump!

Every political news story has a narrative arc: Initial reports followed by subsequent reports followed by what-it-all-means analyses followed, sooner or later, by diminished interest and then inevitable flame out, often only a few days after the story broke. That was the likely course following Donald Trump’s announcement on June 16 that he was running for president. Sniggering, bad hair jokes and practiced yawns. But nearly a...

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