Wedge Issues

October 18, 2018. It’s a wedge anniversary day. October 19, 1987. The market crash. October 17, 1989. The Big San Francisco World Series Earthquake. Anything can happen before the mid-terms.

As for wedge issues. The media squawks over every Trump tweet & soundbite giving him the constant spotlight. Even if mostly critical of everything he does, he gets the daily limelight. In the meantime, average American voters go to work and school. Drive their kids to games and other activities. Worry about mortgage payments, health insurance. Their issues rarely intersect with what’s on the news. That’s why polls are no longer reliable predictors.

Pollsters stab their tarnished forks into a leftover slice of old pie.

New Justice

There may or may not be a new Justice on the Supreme Court named Brett Kavanaugh. However, there is a new justice in the country. Maybe it is necessary to swing the pendulum toward taking accusations of sexual assault more seriously. Yet it’s a dangerous precedent.

Overreach has again taken over a valid debate. Media interviews with roommates and classmates whose sources are neither vetted nor corroborated have thrown journalism standards out.

Ben Sasse of Nebraska took to the Senate floor to rail against the mishandling of the Kavanaugh nomination. He said he’d suggested nominating a woman before anyone was chosen because he knew the current cast of characters couldn’t have a nuanced discussion of sexual harassment issues. He was right. Overreach usually begets backlash. We’ll see in the mid-terms.

Solid Citizens

Senator Jeff Flake, Republican from Snowflake, Arizona is anything but. He and his Democrat compadre Chris Coons created a compromise that will stand the test of time. A delay to allay deep divisions in the country before confirming a flawed Supreme Court nominee. Brett Kavanaugh may or may not survive in the fray. Either way. America wins.

Global Citizen 2018. Both Coons and Flake are here in Central Park. As well as John Legend. Shawn Mendes. Janet Jackson. The Weeknd. Cardi B. We can hear them from our house. After a beautiful green day spent at favorite Tavern in the Park with fun family.

Ryder Cup. As usual. Euros have the most personality. And this year. Most talent. We’ll see. Molliwood!

Quiet Grey

City schools closed for Rosh Hashanah. Two days. Today every local New York network channel is commemorating 9/11 seventeen years ago. Until noon. A surreal quiet around the city. Even Times Square. Drizzly grey low clouds act as a further shroud. Things should liven up soon. Jimmy Fallon’s bringing his Tonight Show to Central Park this Thursday.

Not good. When Omarosa thinks the same way I do. She told The View she believes Mike Pence’s chief of staff Nick Ayers is the anonymous op-ed author. Don Jr. says it’s a low-level. Qui sait?

The Omarosa Show

Every day the media starts a story, “Trump sparks outrage by … fill in the blank.” Tweeting insults. Inciting hostilities at campaign rallies. Everything cannot rise to the level of shock and awe. It equivocates confabulations by everyone. Which takes us to Omarosa. The ultimate villain on The Apprentice. A constant and consummate prevaricator. Bringing her into the White House was a joke and a super bad idea. It would never end well. She seeks revenge on everyone. Friend or foe. The only character who could out-con the Orange Man. Though. What’s even more outrageous in this new reality show is the New York Times et al  placing Omarosa stories above the fold. That’s the most destructive societal blow.

Water Grate

CNN’s constant aging pundit, Carl Bernstein seems to want to equate all of Trump’s actions with Watergate. It’s really mostly to elevate his forgotten glory. Does anybody remember Nixon, the scandal or him? Meanwhile, the other half of the Washington Post’s bygone investigative team, Bob Woodward has finished a new book, Fear- atmosphere in the current White House.

Woodward has consistently railed against the press’ opinionated infotainment bent. No longer objective journalism, with few exceptions. He says, “I worry, I worry for the business, for the perception of the business, not just Trump supporters, they see that smugness … I think you can ride both horses, intensive inquiry, investigation, not letting up … at the same time, realize that it’s not our job to do an editorial on this.”- Axios  Agree!   His book comes out 9/11.