Fictional Fright

A few days ago I finished reading Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here. I have a policy against putting works of fiction on the Recommended Reading list or it would be a candidate. Most of my reading is non-fiction and most of that nerdy. Once in a while I need a break and indulge myself with a novel. It Can’t Happen Here is enjoying a resurgence because it looks eerily similar to the 2016 presidential campaign. Come along for a nickel tour. Continue reading Fictional Fright

The Glass Donald Dome

Some time ago I wrote about the bubble Donald Trump appears to live in. It is very nice (if you are The Donald). Everyone calls you Mr. Trump and caters to your every whim and desire. You have seemingly unlimited money and really nice toys like jet airplanes. You even have your own version of reality. In the Donald Dome everyone believes your lies; in the real world it is a different story. Continue reading The Glass Donald Dome

An Evening With A SCOTUS “Expert”

I put the word expert in quotation marks because I don’t believe anyone is an expert when it comes to the Supreme Court. On more than one occasion I have written that predicting what the Court will do is a fool’s errand. On numerous occasions I have been that fool. The closest we can come to an expert is one of the small group of journalists whose job is to follow the Court. The other night I got to hear one of them, Robert Barnes of the Washington Post, speak at Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina. Continue reading An Evening With A SCOTUS “Expert”

No Sizzle, No Rules And No Substance

I am far from an impartial judge when it comes to the 2016 presidential contest but in my estimation Hillary Clinton won Monday night’s debate at Hofstra University by every metric! Continue reading No Sizzle, No Rules And No Substance

The Court And The Senate Too

Most of the oxygen in the press room has been sucked up by the presidential race thus far this cycle. That is with good reason. It is the big prize. Also one of the nominees is colorful, zany and makes for great ratings. There are a plethora of other very important contests. Just sticking to the federal level every seat in the House of Representatives is up for reelection and there is a United States Senate race in 33 states. Continue reading The Court And The Senate Too