Marching Orders

Post-inauguration day. Feminist marches turned enormous historic rallies. Citizens converted shock into action. Not just women. Impressive. Too bad after Trump is sworn in. First question to all of these protesters to a person. Broken record alert. Did you vote? Second. Michael Moore agrees with me. Get rid of the old guard in the Democrat leadership. The bench is so shallow. New blood needed. But. There has to be a place to rise to. Third. Despite what you say. Trump is your President. How to change that? Run for office in counties that count. Support young candidates who can win congressional seats in 2018.

To make this movement a reality. Pragmatism trumps emotion.

Unexpected Presents

Joe Biden walked into a White House room filled with his family and friends. President Obama succeeded in surprising his bro Joe with a tribute capped off with giving him the highest honor a civilian can get. It wasn’t just the Medal of Freedom. It was the Medal of Freedom with Distinction. Which like maybe four people have ever received.

Meanwhile we geezers walked sixty blocks. Round trip to Broadway. To see The Present. An early Chekhov adaptation. Script needed a bit of work. Ben Brantley’s NYT review nailed it. But. Worth the shlep and the price to see the incredible talent of Cate Blanchett. Her range from subtlety to sexy to angry to crazy knocked us out of our sore socks.

Rare unexpected gift. Besides being able to perambulate from home to the theater. Seats in front of ours center row E empty!! Oh. And sixty degrees in January.

Over Breach

CNN’s Jake Tapper & Co. have staked out their opposition to Trump. Chirons consistently point out their claims that what Trump says is a lie. They make snarky remarks about the President-elect after their so-called reporting. Breach of journalistic professionalism and ethics. Their zealous overreach makes their case more difficult to litigate. That Trump is indeed a charlatan autocrat. Why would anyone then take them seriously after they eagerly salivated over a salacious story that turned out to be a big dud. Sorry guys. You are feeding into Trump & Co.’s narrative that the press is dishonest, insularly elite, and politically motivated.

Hysterical hyperbole dumbs down what may be a real future bombshell.

Hack Lack

Armed Services Committee grilling of Intelligence leaders in the Senate hearing today. Beyond the usual partisan digs and agenda on both sides, the take away is that our cybersecurity readiness is sorely lacking. When asked about deterrents and strategies, it seemed that this was a “new” issue only just being considered. What? Russia. China. North Korea. Are they hearing this? Or. Do they already know how behind the curve our intelligence community seems to be. This is a nuclear revelation with ramifications scarier than bombs.

Dems on Deck

Shallow Democrat bench. With the old guard led by Pelosi and Schumer blocking upward mobility, there are few stars waiting on deck. Tim Ryan tried to make room for the younger set in the House. To no avail. If Elizabeth Warren is the next best hope, how do you spell doomed? Progressive yes. Too left. Old. And annoying as all hell. No way she can win the general.

You want the first woman President. You want her to be a Democrat. Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota is the best bet. Young. Smart. Appealing. Get her on Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees and let the grooming begin.

Tweet the Press

Media elite retreat? As tweets beat the press a new era emerges. The good news may be that those cozy with the Washington ruling class no longer hold sway. Incestuous relationships formerly affording access and creating bias will be broken up. Hope so. Maybe reporting will return to what it was meant to do. Objective investigative work with no political agenda. It could be a better journalistic environment serving the general public.

Unless. Oops. Mika & Joe seen lurking around Mar-a-Lago. Nothing’s perfect.