Saturday November 28, 2015
October 5th, 2015
President Obama spoke some of the most important words of his tenure last week in response to the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. "This is something we should politicize," the president said. "It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic."
Donald Trump would not tell reporters whose advice he received in creating his recently unveiled tax plan, but I hear a familiar voice in its three-and-a-half pages. It sounds like Jeb Bush.
Ultraconservatives gloating over having forced House Speaker John Boehner out the door may already be pondering what they've wrought, in the anticipation of a Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
The House majority leader, poised to succeed the smooth-talking and even-keeled Boehner, give or take a few emotional tears, has already committed one whopper of a political gaffe, causing nervousness among the right-wing faithful.
A confession: When the news of Thursday's mass shooting in Oregon broke, it did not occur to me to write about it.
I was thinking about Planned Parenthood and Benghazi; about Bernie Sanders' fundraising and Hillary Clinton's emails; about Putin and Syria. Another shooting is tragic and enraging, but what is left to say? What is the point of saying anything when it will change no minds?
Maybe it's time to start using the words that the NRA has turned into unmentionables.
A gun-free society.
Let's say that one again: A gun-free society.
An exasperated — and frustrated — President Barack Obama said of the gun massacre last week in Oregon:
“Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We have become numb to this.”
John Boehner stands smiling in front of the mirror in the bathroom of his English basement apartment on G Street on Capitol Hill. He breaks into song as he fastidiously ties the four-in-hand knot in his bright green tie to get the perfect dimple.
“Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A, my, oh my, it’s almost my last day,” he belts. “Plenty of golf and sunshine heading my way.”
I’m not sure if this meets the exact definition of irony, but it definitely meets the exact definition of insanity:
The Republican presidential contest is not, regardless of what is seems some days, all about Donald Trump. There's another dynamic unfolding that has almost nothing to do with the businessman-politician currently atop the polls but that will have a major influence on who becomes the party's nominee.