Tsumaybe?

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?

Blue Tsunotmi

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.

Next Stop 2020

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.

Marathon Morass

New York Marathon 2018. Our street and Central Park West closed. As usual. However. This year. Runners were funneled out of the park behind a fenced-in tarp. They used to run free with their winning capes happily flapping as family and friends greeted them. This year. Everyone with celebratory signs and flowers turned away by a bevy of cops. A constant stream of enthusiastic fans going toward the race then sullenly shlepping back under our window all day. They couldn’t post a sign? Silly. Then. They opened the street to traffic at 7pm. Yay! Not. Cars were backed up and honking. What? Oops. Central Park West still closed. For at least another hour. What a mess.

Security gets tighter every year. Wonder if they’ll let the balloons fly on Thanksgiving?!

Suburban Women Rule?

Suburban women are expected to swing the mid-terms to the Democrats. Monica Hesse’s excellent opinion piece in WaPo says, “I will go out on a limb to say it is great that suburban women do not like racist, sexist speech. I will tiptoe out further to say it’s weird that racist, sexist speech would not also bother male voters… Shouldn’t fathers want independent daughters, and husbands want wives who are equal partners?” She also confirms my mantra about Trump’s equal opportunity insults, but only suburban women are offended.

The media never seem to realize that when they extol the virtues of “college-educated women”, defining them as such insults most everyone else in the country.

Divide & Profit

In Alexandra Pelosi, The Speaker’s daughter, I find a kindred voice. Her travels around “real America” revealed a country very different than the one portrayed on cable news everyday. Pelosi’s documentary Outside the Bubble is on HBO.

“If I hear the term ‘blue wave’ one more time, I am going to personally walk up to MSNBC and punch someone in the face,” she joked, in the HBO cafe overlooking the New York Public Library. “Yes, there’s a blue wave coming out of Manhattan and Los Angeles, where people are sitting home knitting their vagina hats. There’s no blue wave in Alabama. There’s no blue wave in Ohio.

If bridging today’s partisan chasm seems an Augean endeavor, Ms. Pelosi believes cable news is to blame. “There’s too much profit being made right now on the divide,” she said. “How many people in those cable news studios ever really go spend the night in America, not just in the Four Seasons in wherever Trump is at the moment, but I mean really go to somebody’s house, have dinner and talk to them?”  New York Times, October 24, 2018