Machiavellians in Washington may have reignited the Huntsman-Romney feud

 Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate,  and his distant cousin Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China, have been going at each other for nearly two decades. Nixing Romney for Secretary of State and appointing Huntsman ambassador to Russia, a likely heir to Foggy Bottom should the already embattled Rex Tillerson depart, are subtle if highly inflammable maneuvers that would make Nicolo Machiavelli smile.

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Bathroom options and alternative facts figure in a tale of 50s adolescence

From a less troubled era comes story based on suppressed facts and concerns over transgender identity conflicts that led to the just-in-time invention of a compelling backstory that everyone aided, abetted and attested to, everyone that is except it's creator. Pay attention Donald Trump, Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway. 

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Will a wagging dog bite Trump?

Who's running the country: the president elected by the electoral college or his un-elected and un-vetted Steve Bannon?  For now the scene at the White House resembles a foundering if frightening reality TV show. The serious question is this: will these apprentices and their boss soon be shown the door?

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A once and future Democrat?

He had been raised a Republican, but in the summer of 1968 a young journalist registered as a Democrat and soon found himself deeply immersed in a last-ditch attempt to thwart strong-armed efforts of party insiders to derail the candidacy of the popular anti-establishment candidate, Senator Eugene McCarthy. Although the effort failed, it yielded revealing evidence that the party was beginning to lose touch with America's heartland. Unintentionally, the picture above from Playboy and others like it, were worth a thousand words of evidence. 

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To build a longer table

The Sunday before St. Valentine's day (2/12/2017), the author was invited to speak to his church congregation about challenge of learning to love one another.  From across the pond, his daughter rolled her eyes as she needled: “Oh boy, that’s your favorite topic... So, of course you’ll talk about how it’s important learn to love others by walking in their shoes..."  Big yawn.  “Wait, wait I’ve got it. This will wake them up.  Explain to them, and me, how you can come to love Donald Trump by walking in his moccasins”

“I can’t afford Guccis,” the author demurred... “I’ll get back to you in a few years.”  

This is the slightly edited version of the address he delivered to the congregation that day

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