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Politics is an Olympian endeavor

Politics is an Olympian endeavor

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles will not be eligible to run for president until 2032, although Michael Phelps hits 35 years old in 2020. After watching these Olympians display so many traits we admire—persistence, discipline, grace, goal orientation, resilience, and inner strength—perhaps we should consider drafting one of them […]

Will drama win the debates?

Will drama win the debates?

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The first of three presidential debates won’t happen until Sept. 26. Nearly six weeks beforehand, I safely can make these predictions: Hillary Clinton will show up for all three, as her campaign announced this week. Donald Trump will show up, at least to most of them. He told Time, “I will […]

Earning millions while others suffer

Earning millions while others suffer

Review the particulars of just one Oregon professional team of sixteen players, the Portland Trail Blazers.  They will take part in 82 games during regular season play between October and sometime in April, or about a half year’s work time, unless they win enough games to enter the playoffs, which end in 2017 with an NBA championship, a status the […]

I’m with her

I’m with her

I’m with her.  Many are willing to define Hillary Clinton as lying, untrustworthy, criminal, etc. Much mud has been slung. Little has stuck. The most common lament is that we must choose the lesser of two evils in this presidential election.  It’s no contest.  Hillary Clinton is indeed a politician, adjusting her positions as needed […]

Clinton’s ‘short-circuited’ apology

Clinton’s ‘short-circuited’ apology

By MICHAEL GERSON    One of the most unintentionally revealing moments of Hillary Clinton’s campaign so far came during her recent, unconvincing explanation of the email affair: “I may have short-circuited it and for that I…ah …you know, will try to clarify.” Most of the resulting ridicule has focused on the “short-circuited” portion of the […]

Much ado about God bless America

Much ado about God bless America

Maybe I don’t get out enough,  but I’d never stumbled across any American newspaper writer who wrote an article to take exception with the use of the phrase, “God bless America.”  Turns out that that enduring expression is not off limits for at least one writer whose views find fault with its use by American politicians. One of the main problems regarding the writer’s […]

Will GOP repudiate Trump’s cruelty?

Will GOP repudiate Trump’s cruelty?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Republican politicians face a choice. They can accept Hillary Clinton’s invitation to abandon Donald Trump and prevent a redefinition of their party as a haven for bigotry. Or they can prop Trump up, try to maximize his vote—and thereby tarnish themselves for a generation. If there were any doubts about Trump’s […]

Both candidates leave one to wonder

Both candidates leave one to wonder

The fanciest word I found to label myself during the past two weeks is masochist or a person who is gratified by self-imposed pain.  While I did not sit glued to a TV throughout every minute of the two convention’s proceedings, I did muster the fortitude, by what’s believed self-denied means, to listen to almost every word each […]

Clinton takes the fight to Trump

Clinton takes the fight to Trump

By E.J. DIONNE JR.       PHILADELPHIA — Charging that Donald Trump “wants us to fear the future and fear each other,” Hillary Clinton took him on with the most powerful line in her party’s tradition.      “Well, a great Democratic president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump more than 80 […]

A choice between the uninspiring and the unfit

A choice between the uninspiring and the unfit

By MICHAEL GERSON       WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s convention week featured two of the most effective communicators in the Democratic Party offering different images of the nominee. In Bill Clinton’s version, she is a “change-maker” who has “never been satisfied with the status quo.” In Barack Obama’s telling, she has the “intelligence” and “judgment” to […]

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