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McConnell’s Groundhog Day

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On Saturday, just after the nation learned that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died, Senator Mitch McConnell opened his mouth and created a vacuum.

In the days that followed, volumes of words have been spoken and written about the majority leader’s short statement regarding the appropriate time to choose an individual to fill Scalia’s seat on the high court.   Some praised his resolve.  Others denounced him for trying to control the process set forth in the Constitution.

It has been a big waste of airtime and newsprint.  In short, the majority leader said nothing of substance.  He is full of so much hot air, we could package him and replace the National Helium Reserve.  Then he might serve a useful purpose. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 17th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

The Best News out of Iowa

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The best news out of Iowa is not that Ted Cruz won or that Donald Trump’s political gamble of skipping the last debate, like a sulking child, likely cost him a win there.

It’s not that the long predicted surge of Marco Rubio finally happened.

No, the best news out of Iowa is that a candidate who had the courage to boldly proclaim his opposition to federal mandates and subsidies for ethanol — which comes from corn — the top crop in the state, actually won there.

Be it Ted Cruz or Joe Blow, it turned the conventional political wisdom on its head.  It proves that you don’t have to pander to get elected.  If you are willing to make the case that these government handouts keep you under the thumb of Washington and wind up hurting everyone, eventually enough reasonable people will listen. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 3rd, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Leno Gets a Lesson in Cruz Control

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Jay Leno is a car aficionado.  He collects them. He knows them.  He works on them and delights in driving them.

However, Friday night the junior senator from Texas gave the late night comic a lesson on one option he may have missed, Cruz control.

I am a big Leno fan.  I’m rarely up that late but I tape his shows and watch his opening monologue the next night for laughs.

His political jokes are sometimes over the top, but, for the most part, they accurately reflect what is going on in Washington and give us some much-needed comedy relief.  His barbs are often cleaver and insightful.

Another thing I appreciate about Leno is that he picks on everyone, Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians.  It makes no difference. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 13th, 2013 at 5:30 pm


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