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What can Trump afford?

What can Trump afford?

Trump has survived one impeachment, with another one in the works. He's also dodged (so far) twenty-six accusations of sexual misconduct, and an estimated four thousand lawsuits. That run of good luck may well end, perhaps brutally, with Biden at the helm. Will he try...

The Circus that Never Leaves Town

The Circus that Never Leaves Town

PART THREE – And how do we get out of it?
One of the reasons we are forced to narrow our view of the world, is that our minds and bodies have not kept up with the massive changes we have exposed them to. As a result, our fight/flight reaction is making many of us sick.

The Circus that Never Leaves Town

The Circus that Never Leaves Town

PART TWO – How did we create this mess?
One of the things that makes it seems we have become too smart for our own good, is that even as we live in a world overflowing with vast quantities of accumulated knowledge, we are not necessarily left with the wisdom to navigate that world.

The Circus that Never Leaves Town

The Circus that Never Leaves Town

PART ONE – O Ye, of Little Faith
Donald Trump is not going to just go away. Which means we are not yet off the hook, and are going to have to continue to find ways of getting to the bottom of the Trump phenomenon. And that means accepting the fact that it is not just about Trump.

The Curse of Victory Hollow

The Curse of Victory Hollow

PART TWO: That Cursed Divide
Rather than healing the political divide, Joe Biden seems to have enough on his plate just keeping that divide from becoming even wider. And he’s doing that mainly by being careful not to confront or otherwise irritate those on the other side.

The Curse of Victory Hollow

The Curse of Victory Hollow

PART ONE: Biden’s Tangled Road Ahead
The victory achieved by Biden and Harris and the Democrats on Nov. 3rd may turn out to be painfully hollow. By just about every measure the results were a disappointment for Democrats and represent something of a rout for the party.

Biden’s Hot Steaming Mess of Trouble

Biden’s Hot Steaming Mess of Trouble

And the media will be there making a meal of it all … Donald Trump is not the retiring kind. Sure, he’s hunkered down licking his wounds for now. When he comes out of his cave, he’s going to be hungry – for revenge, for validation, for the chance to prove the country wrong.

Resisting the Gleam of Trump Tower

Resisting the Gleam of Trump Tower

It’s true that Trump will soon be leaving the White House, however reluctantly. But he will be far from gone. He may become more vigorous than ever. Because he will now feel no responsibility for anything. He can lob bombs with impunity at anyone he feels the urge to attack.

A victory worth celebrating?

A victory worth celebrating?

We saw a lot of celebrating on Saturday after the declaration of Biden’s win. But as I watched those celebrations, it occurred to me that a strange kind of victory was being cheered. Because those celebrations seemed strangely incongruous, and in a couple of important ways.

The Trump fever-dream continues

The Trump fever-dream continues

Living in a post-election, still-Trump-dominated world, or, I hate to burst your bubble, but…  The fervent hope among most Americans, along with pretty much the entire planet, is that the years-long fever dream might soon be over. And on November 3 the reality show...

The Coming Civil War (part 2 of 2)

The Coming Civil War (part 2 of 2)

What will Trump do if defeated on November 3? With his own personal freedom on the line, not to mention his fragile ego, Trump and his campaign are unleashing teams of lawyers, sending them all across the country to battleground counties in battleground states, with...

The Coming Civil War (part 1 of 2)

The Coming Civil War (part 1 of 2)

Trump appears to be moving the country into unprecedented territory. He is almost certain to fight any results not in his favour. Where does that leave us? Where does it leave the country? What can be done about open conflict? How should the country react to the mess ahead? 

Black Men Matter

Black Men Matter

President Trump has been making a play for Black men in recent months. And it may be working better than many observers think. It may also come as a surprise to some that over the last three presidential election cycles the Black male vote has nearly tripled for...

Make it about COVID

Make it about COVID

Three Ways to Hand Trump Another Four Years (part 3 of 3)
Biden making his campaign largely about COVID may seem like a promising, even obvious, strategy. But to me it’s a strategy whose ship has sailed.

Dismiss Trump Surrogates

Dismiss Trump Surrogates

Three Ways to Hand Trump Another Four Years (part 2 of 3)
It has become a programming staple, especially on cable news – invite Trump apologists and other supporters onto a panel discussion or one on one interview, with the sole purpose of trashing their idiocy, hypocrisy and lies. In fact that seems to be the only reason to have them on.

React rather than respond

React rather than respond

Three Ways to Hand Trump Another Four Years (part 1 of 3)
As the election nears, the reaction from Democrats and the media to Trump’s admittedly outrageous actions and words seems to be coming to a boil. And this is not good.

Welcome to a Very Political, Non-Political Blog

Welcome to a Very Political, Non-Political Blog

It’s the story about a man (who I call The Contrarian Candidate.) It’s a story about a president (you know the one.) It’s a story about an election, it’s a story about how we got here, and how we might find a way out of this mess we’ve gotten ourselves into.

Fiction trumps fact!

Fiction trumps fact!

1,200 books have been written about Trump and his presidency, but none with the depth and honesty of fiction. A lot written about Donald Trump over the last four years. Yet somehow those offerings never really seem to get to the heart of the man and his impact on the country.

President Trumped by The Contrarian Candidate

President Trumped by The Contrarian Candidate

The original title of my book was President Trumped. I don’t care what people think of the title as long as they remember it, and there’s something interesting and intriguing about the book. President Trumped says the book is about someone who uses Trump’s own tactics to defeat him.

Forget the evil genius thing

Forget the evil genius thing

Three things I learned while writing a novel about Trump and his politics, Part 3 of 3:
Trump is not the genius he was once believed to be. The more savvy and connected an individual was, the more they were inclined toward seeing Trump’s genius.

Trump is just a sideshow

Trump is just a sideshow

Three things I learned while writing a novel about Trump and his politics, Part 2 of 3:
The Trump phenomenon is not about Trump – not really. It’s much bigger than that. Because Trump is more a symptom than a cause. 

Partisanship is a dead end

Partisanship is a dead end

Three things I learned while writing a novel about Trump and his politics, Part 1 of 3:
A comedic attack might be the only way to effectively neutralize Trump’s attack mode barbs – his one rhetorical tool and his one real advantage over the politicians he’s faced.

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