The celebration of President 41, George H.W. Bush’s life revealed a man who was a bright point of light. As Alan Simpson said in the line of the day, “Those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C. are not bothered by heavy traffic.”
The Presidents and First Ladies sitting in the front pew of the National Cathedral sure didn’t seem to want to be with each other and looked as dreary as today’s political climate.
Golden Globe 2019 nominations reflect a great year of television creations. Sharp Objects. Killing Eve. Barry. A Very English Scandal. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. All favorites in our house. Where are The Romanoffs? Best of the lot. Each episode a unique beautifully woven tapestry. And. Ray.
Investigating Presidents has been a full time exercise for decades. To the detriment of the country. Congress and special prosecutors have taken over government resources with only political goals. To delegitimize sitting administrations or thwart future elections. The Pentagon Papers. Watergate. Whitewater. Benghazi. Russia. All called witch hunts in their times. Inflamed by the media for its own profit. As real issues that impact Americans are ignored.
The Clinton Affair does reveal that they are the champions of the longest con.
What to do with all those leftovers? Boomer libs, that is. NYT columnist David Brooks contemplates the dilemma of the traditional liberal, now a relic at Thanksgiving dinner. College kids embrace anarchical progressivism, tilting at socialist ideals. Trumpian types are unrecognizable to the Ivy League alums as even those country club Repubs. Nothing seems familiar anymore. The old school lefties earned their way up the academic and jounalistic ladders. They got the top jobs. Yet. Today feel weak and beleaguered in the wake of a new wave.
Neither red. Nor blue.
The silent FLOTUS seems to have found her voice. After apparently having taken a laissez-faire approach with Kelly and the West Wing, she’s suddenly speaking out. Calling for the firing of a woman in the NSC. Melania’s requests for promotions for her own staff went ignored for months. So. Something must have happened to set her off with Mira Ricardel. Or. Maybe Melania just finished watching Claire on House of Cards. She and Robin Wright can both rock a Chanel suit.
New boxes of ballots seem to be popping up. Election returns overturning. Recounts. Hanging chads alert! Either way. The scenario stays the same. Since the Senate will have a majority. Romney’s chance to pave the way to run in 2020 as a swing vote. He can play moral compass and statesman to slide in if Trump is off the table. Everything old is new again.
Meanwhile, what’s Melania wearing in Paris?
Mid-terms 2018. Not quite the predicted biggest bluest wave ever. Trump can spin it as a win. Democrat controlled House will make his life as miserable as possible. Schiff is poised to lead non-stop investigations. Maxine takes center stage. But. Speaker Pelosi won’t be able to broker legislation. The Senate will still stymie them all. And continue to approve judges.
Already voted for Mike Bloomberg for President. Wrote his name in. 2016. He’s making noise about running in 2020. Too little too late? Think so. Frank Bruni’s column in Sunday NYTimes outlined traits a Democrat candidate would have to possess to beat Trump. Larger than life celebrity, toughness, centrist, unifier, connects with white middle America as well as people of color, deep personal pockets. The only person to fit that bill? Oprah.