November 16, 2019

HILLARY PLAYING NIXON

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

HILLARY PLAYING NIXON
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Let’s return to yesteryear. Richard Nixon, coming off an already bitterly controversial career and countless tangles with the media, had just been beaten in the 1962 campaign to become California governor. He was severely resentful, and snarled at reporters, “You don’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”
It became known as “the last press conference,” and “kick around” ranks right up there as one of the most famous quotes in politics, particularly since just six years later, Nixon was elected president of the United States.
Fifty-seven years later, the never-say-die Nixon spirit apparently hasn’t been lost on Hillary Clinton. Let’s make it, uj. perfectly clear: Nixon is not her shining role model. In fact, she began her career in Washington as a 27-year-old lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee during its Watergate investigation. That was aimed at impeaching President Nixon, who resigned before he could be removed.
It was not the last time Hillary Clinton would be intertwined with the process. She lost against the man who now faces impeachment himself, Donald Trump. Or more accurately, she blew the 2016 election against Trump, a man who should never have won and would never have won except he had the good fortune to be running against a terrible candidate.

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November 12, 2019

ANOTHER BLOOMBERG DALLIANCE

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

ANOTHER BLOOMBERG DALLIANCE

It’s not fair to call Michael Bloomberg just a superrich dilettante. He is, after all, a former mayor of New York City, so he does have some experience as a political officeholder. It is fair to describe Bloomberg as a superrich guy who obviously was looking for something to do, so he decided, “I think I’ll dabble in presidential politics.”
"Let’s see. What am I, a Republican or a Democrat? This time around I’ll be a Democratic, because that other rich guy is claiming to be a Republican. He’s nowhere near as wealthy as I am. That much we know, even though he refuses to release his tax forms, possibly because they would show he’s really dirt-poor. Still, he is currently GOP president of the United States. so, Democrat it is.”
There’s a ton of Dem already, vying to replace President Trump. That’s provided he’s still in the White House, what with impeachment and all. If Trump does make it through Election Day, Bloomberg has decided that none of the Democrats has gone beyond dithering, leaving too great a possibility that Donald Trump would get a second term. So Michael Bloomberg has offered a way out: He’s the way out. And he’s pulling a Mighty Mouse — as in “Here I Come to Save the Day,” which if you’re not a TV cartoon aficionado, is the “Mighty Mouse” theme.
How would he pull off the superheroic deed just a few months before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, where all the others have such a gargantuan head start? He’d simply ignore those first states as just overhyped media events anyway, and focus on Super Tuesday states later that are more populous and diverse, aftrr the others have stomped on each other early on. Besides, with an estimated net worth of $50 billion plus, Bloomberg could probably just purchase Iowa and New Hampshire. Then he could simply declare their elections null and void.
That’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. Michael Bloomberg’s fortune was accumulated by his ownership of countless media properties. So the question comes up, How would those news organizations cover his candidacy? The answer is, well, nobody really knows the answer, other than the one he gave during another of his candidate flirtations, when he suggested that they may just drop campaign coverage.

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November 9, 2019

BASEBALL STRIKES OUT

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

BASEBALL STRIKES OUT
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Remember when baseball was referred to as the “national pastime”? Well, these days, hating is the national pastime. Look no further than President Donald Trump’s venture out to watch a World Series game last month. He encountered a tidal wave of boos and other unprintable jeering when he was introduced via the Jumbotron.
But then look what happened after the Washington Nationals won the Series and held a parade for adoring fans so big that I’m tempted to say they exceeded Trump’s Inauguration Day crowd. Actually, they didn’t. That was just fake news. But still, the Nats brought together the D.C. region like it hasn’t been together for a long time.
Unfortunately, the unity was temporary, to say the least. It lasted a weekend, right up until the Nationals accepted the offer from POTUS to visit the White House. When will anybody learn? An invitation to the White House is a certain invitation to trouble. First, the team’s individual athletes always need to decide whether to attend or to boycott because they don’t agree with the president enough to be in the same room with him. Some of those who stay away make their feelings known publicly, like relief pitcher Sean Doolittle, who even poured his out to the Washington Post:
“There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories, and widening the divide in this country,” he said. “At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.”

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November 5, 2019

BETO'S EVAPORATION

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

BETO'S EVAPORATION

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Here’s the thing about those bright, shiny human objects that are so irresistible to those of us in media: The truth is that, like so much bling, they are merely fool’s gold, soon tarnished by reality. It turns out that the overexposure reveals that there’s little under the gloss, and this “next big thing” is very quickly reduced to “same old, same old.”
So it was with Beto O’Rourke. He skyrocketed to national fame as the Democrat who almost beat a Republican for U.S Senate in Texas, which has turned deep red. But the Republican was Ted Cruz, who has not exactly been Senator Congeniality. Through his career he has managed to antagonize just about anyone he encounters. That doesn’t exactly endear anyone with the voters, who are usually turned off by someone who mainly exudes smarm. As an actor in an old silent movie, he’d be playing the villain. If his nickname isn't Snidely Whiplash, it should be. Even so,he ran for president and got derailed by Donald Trump, who was in a crass by himself -- and still is.
But since Trump stunned Hillary Clinton -- and, might I add, those of us in media -- by winning the big prize, the muddled Democrats were looking for someone, anyone, to fill the void. They realized that they didn’t have any heir apparent, so they basically opened it up to virtually every American who had a pulse. Among those was Beto O’Rourke, who, after losing to Cruz, didn’t really have much to do, so he decided to run for president.

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