A trip for two to the destination of your choice. That is one of the prizes that my local NPR station offers during all of their fundraisers. As a sustainer (at a modest amount – I’m not a wealthy man) I’m automatically entered into all prize drawings. If I won it the choice of travel companions is easy: my wife. Until last week the destination, which would be her choice, would most likely be Hawaii. That made the news of last week particularly impactful, but it certainly doesn’t stop there.
This article was written well ahead of scheduled publishing in order to accommodate my travel plans.
Maybe I’m just too caught up in baseball’s off season moves, but I can’t help but think of “the bench”. Today I’d like to briefly look at the Democrat’s “national bench”. I’m among the people who thinks the Democrats need a youth movement, therefore I’m just looking at people who will be at least 35 (the Constitutional minimum age for president) but less than 60 on Election Day 2024.
As I pen this the almost constant chatter is about Ukraine. I’m certain I will have much more to say about that in the not-too-distant future but for today I’d like to look ahead. Many will say I’m being pessimistic and I hope I am. Foreign policy is not that different from basketball (or most sports for that matter); you have to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.
The other major political story (and outrage) of the week just passed is the apparent death of federal voter protection legislation. I say apparent because it’s never over until it’s over but to put it in medical terms the prognosis is not good. At this point I am encouraging the Democrats to take what I will call the Political Option.
The governors’ races are becoming more important as the attacks on democracy from the American right continue. This is my first (and both very incomplete and early) look at the 2022 races.