October 16, 2018

WINNING AT GUTTERBALL

FROM NORTH AMERICA SYNDICATE, 300 W 57th STREET, 41st FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10019
CUSTOMER SERVICE: (800) 708-7311 EXT. 236
BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2018

WINNING AT GUTTERBALL

It’s Major League Baseball playoff season, as well as the run-up to the elections. Oh, the games people play.
Way back when, in the early 20th century sometime, New York Giants manager John “Mugsy” McGraw was the first to utter an important life lesson for those who play either form of “Hardball” (thank you, Chris Matthews). “Nice guys,” he growled, “finish last.” Leo Durocher liked it so much, he plagiarized it decades later.
But it’s wisdom the Democrats are only now allowing to penetrate their cluelessness. “Really?” they whimper in amazement. “It’s not enough to be righteous?” Not when it’s self-righteous, which is what so many Americans perceive them to be, along with sanctimonious. Nor is it enough when the other team is governed by a mindset of “whatever it takes to win,” fair or foul.
Back in John McGraw’s day, the crosstown Yankees with Babe Ruth dominated “America’s Pastime.” These days, in our other pastime, the Republicans succeed by being ruthless. They don’t really stand for the interests of the great bulk of Americans, opting instead to represent the wealthy few, who long ago realized, as Will Rogers declared, that we have “The best Congress that money can buy.” Actually, Mr. Rogers was only in the neighborhood. It’s really the best government money can buy. And even that is not true, because, in many cases, it’s really a pretty feckless one, which suits the GOP just fine. It keeps their rich patrons happy because they don’t want to be effectively regulated as they pursue their money-grubbing ways.

Continue reading "WINNING AT GUTTERBALL" »

October 13, 2018

THE MOB JOB

FROM NORTH AMERICA SYNDICATE, 300 W 57th STREET, 41st FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10019
CUSTOMER SERVICE: (800) 708-7311 EXT. 236
BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2018

THE MOB JOB
---
If Bob Dylan had been a reactionary, his song “The Times They Are a-Changin’” would instead have been called “The Times They Cannot Change and to the Extent They Do, We Must Unchange Them Because We Need to Make America Great Again.”
Chances are, it wouldn’t have been such a big hit, but it certainly would capture how the Trumpsters consider “progress” to be a dirty word. In fact, they use the same tactics that their segregationist ancestors employed to maintain their system of black oppression during their glory days of Jim Crow. The segs reacted loudly to the “mob” of “outside agitators” who came from throughout the country to challenge their systems of white discrimination.
What’s fascinating is how Trump supporters use the same phrases to defend against the crowds that protest and demand change. In modern times, Mitch McConnell and the other descendants constantly proclaim their outrage over, you guessed it, the “mobs” who roamed the Capitol halls, chanting and being otherwise “unruly.” Never mind that these were “mobs” of soccer moms protesting sexual assault, they were just “not able to intimidate the Senate”, no matter how fierce.
Then and now, society’s regressives desperately try to preserve the old-fashioned traditions of legal domination by whites, particularly white males. African-Americans, or whatever else they were called, were expected to “know their place,” which was at the back of the line -- literally at the back of the bus. Women, too, are expected to submit to their role as playthings or breeding stock. They should simply accept any “boys will be boys” invasion of their body. How dare they demand change, and how dare they get uppity about it?

Continue reading "THE MOB JOB" »

October 9, 2018

THE COUNTRY'S ROAD RUTS

FROM NORTH AMERICA SYNDICATE, 300 W 57th STREET, 41st FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10019
CUSTOMER SERVICE: (800) 708-7311 EXT. 236
BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, OCT. 9 2018

THE COUNTRY'S ROAD RUTS
---
“Country roads, take me home,
To the place I belong,
West Virginia, mountain mama,
Take me home, country roads.”

If John Denver were to write that song these days, its lyric might become “Trump Country Roads.” After all, Donald Trump won the state by a margin of more than 42 percentage points over Hillary Clinton.
And West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s “mountain mama” didn’t raise no fool. Sen. Manchin is fighting for his political life, doing whatever he can to make sure his voters don’t take him home from Washington, D.C., and replace him with a member of Trump’s party.
It’s one of those tacky little games they play in Congress and, for that matter, in legislative bodies everywhere: When facing a really tough issue, particularly during a campaign, a member will tell his party leaders: “I’ll be with you if you absolutely need me, but if you don’t, then I’ll avoid making the unpopular decision and go with the politically expedient one. No sense endangering my re-election chances for nothing.”
Manchin waited to commit until after it was clear Brett Kavanaugh would have the senator majority votes necessary to be confirmed. Therefore he didn’t have to make that dangerous choice between antagonizing his party or antagonizing a huge chunk of West Virginia’s fanatic pro-Trump majority. By the way, recent polling shows Joe Manchin leading his GOP opponent by about 9 points, and he probably didn’t harm himself by supporting Kavanaugh.
Heidi Heitkamp is another story. She’s a Senate Democrat running to save her skin in North Dakota, which Trump won by whomping Hillary Clinton by a more than 32 percentage point margin. Unlike Manchin, Heitkamp is badly trailing in her race, by about 12 percentage points. Also, unlike Manchin, Heitkamp decided to vote her conscience, and she declared ahead of time that she would oppose Kavanaugh. That could doom her chances, but she did it.
Hers also was a wasted effort, because Republican leader Mitch McConnell was able to make Judge Brett Kavanaugh into Justice Kavanaugh, finally pulling off the ultraconservative takeover of the Supreme Court that should last for decades. The hard-right-wing Supremes outnumber the hard-left 5-4, although on the right there is a bloc within a bloc -- two justices, Clarence Thomas and now Brett Kavanaugh, who have been charged with sexual improprieties.

Continue reading "THE COUNTRY'S ROAD RUTS" »

October 6, 2018

KAVANAUGH STEALS THE SPOTLIGHT FROM MUELLER--FOR NOW

FROM NORTH AMERICA SYNDICATE, 300 W 57th STREET, 41st FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10019
CUSTOMER SERVICE: (800) 708-7311 EXT. 236
BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2018

KAVANAUGH STEALS THE SPOTLIGHT FROM MUELLER--FOR NOW
---
Let’s test our memories: How many recall Robert Mueller? I’ll give you a hint: Second only to President Trump, he has dominated the news since his appointment to lead the investigation into how much Trump and his campaign colluded with Vladimir Putin’s Russians to make the 2016 U.S. election swerve Trump’s way. That, however, was before Brett Kavanaugh came along.
Kavanaugh’s quest to sail smoothly through Senate confirmation, so he can then navigate the Supreme Court far to the right, suddenly had run aground. Accusations against him of youthful sexual assault, followed by his angry storm of denials, threatened to drown him. It was a whale of a drama that captured our undivided attention. Our ability to comprehend can assimilate only one maelstrom at a time, so we were fixated on whether he would sink or stay above water in a Senate that is also sailing the treacherous seas of the midterm elections to decide which party will take the helm.
Those who have missed Bob Mueller probably will have to wait till after the election, but he will come chugging back over the horizon soon enough ... actually, all too soon for Trump and his legal team. Still pending for the Mueller investigation are questions about whether The Donald and The Vladimir conspired to shape the 2016 outcome, or whether their designees handled the dirty work. Was there obstruction of justice by him or subordinates to conceal the plotting? Will the president, who correctly views the probe as an existential threat, be emboldened enough by his rage or fear to actually fire Bob Mueller, or perhaps Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who has enabled Mueller, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself? Will he fire Sessions, which could have a domino effect that could neutralize Mueller? Would he get away with such maneuvers or would there be a mutiny?

Continue reading "KAVANAUGH STEALS THE SPOTLIGHT FROM MUELLER--FOR NOW" »



ADVERTISEMENT


OPENING MANY DOORS

SHE SAID-HE SCREAMED

THE BALLOT BALLGAME

"HE SAID-SHE SAID" FUTILITY

STINKY CHEESE

THE GERSHWIN CHORTLE

LIES AND THE BITTER TRUTH

AMERICAN SLAPSTICK

WHINING COUNTRY

GOOD GRIEF-BAD GRIEF

JOHN MCCAIN ONE MORE TIME

THE DANGERS OF CLAUSTROPHOBIA

THE PARADE HIT

OUR SELF PROTECTION PROTESTATION

THE SLEAZE SQUEEZE

WITH APOLOGIES TO SEUSS' GRINCH

ISO A TWITTER ATTACK

MEDIA ACTION PLAN

ALL CAPPING IT ALL OFF

ATTACK OF THE WIRMS

Contact

Subscribe



Enter your Email


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz