Some alarming new polling in swing states came out this past weekend. Unlike most Americans I actually have a clue as how to interpret the results of political polls. That coupled with the calendar make it less alarming but still puzzling and concerning.
I’m back from my “hiatus” and with that back to my version of live blogging. The biggest political story, (although some may dispute me on my choice), revolves around the election of Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House. As I began to formulate my thoughts on approaching this article an old comedy routine came to mind. Arguably it was made most popular in a 1978 Natural Light beer commercial in which comedian Raymond J. Johnson, Jr. offered several alternatives by which he could be addressed culminating in a slap stick/burlesque quality punchline “…but you doesn’t have to call me Johnson.”
I don’t think I’ve ever began an article with a thank you but today it is appropriate. During her Monday night show, Rachel Maddow reminded me that it was the 40th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon which took place on October 23, 1983. 241 American servicemen, mostly Marines, died in that attack. Tragic as it was there is so much more and I’d like to explore a bit of it with you today.
It may seem early but if you read the following you will see that endorsing Joe Biden for reelection was an inevitability. And a well justified one at that! Let me begin with the practicality and then move on to the justification.
I just added Clint Whitlock’s book, Afghanistan Papers to the Recommended Reading List.
This is simply the book on our misadventures in Afghanistan. There is plenty of blame to go around and the rank stupidity of many of our actions will shock you.