Gene Lyons

12/01/2016 - 5:00pm

    "The Emperor (of Lilliput) holds a stick in his hands, both ends parallel to the horizon, while the candidates, advancing one by one, sometimes leap over the stick, sometimes creep under it backwards and forwards several times ... whoever performs his part with most agility, and holds out longest in leaping and creeping, is rewarded with the...

09/06/2016 - 8:00am

    Let's see now: One presidential candidate's campaign director resigns after being outed as a Russian stooge, allegedly accepting millions in cash under the table. The other candidate meets with a Nobel Prize-winning economist who once donated to her husband...

08/31/2016 - 8:00pm

    In my view, God invented baseball to provide a sanctuary from the fallen world of politics. I believe I've missed two televised Red Sox games this year. To me, the seven-month major league season is the sporting equivalent of, say, "Downton Abbey" -- a...

08/22/2016 - 9:00am

    Are we watching an American presidential campaign or the pilot episode of a bizarre new TV series? Or both? The hallmark of "reality TV," of course, being its extreme unreality.

    On a daily basis,...

08/16/2016 - 12:00am

    Supposedly 2016 is the Year of the Angry Voter. To hear the pundits tell it, Americans are just furious.

    Well, call me smug or out of touch, but I think it's mainly a fad. TV talking heads say they'...

08/09/2016 - 9:00am

    The question isn't so much if Donald Trump can win the election as whether or not he'll still be the GOP candidate come November. Nobody can predict what mad trajectory the Republican nominee's campaign might take. But given Trump's erratic, politically...

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