Short Takes

Biden’s choice for defense secretary It was an understandable but bad idea to tap a recently retired general to be the next Secretary of Defense. Understandable because Biden values personal relationships and he has a longstanding one with Genl. Lloyd ...

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Personnel and Policy

“Personnel is policy” is a decent maxim as a guide to indications as to the directions a new administration will take.  A president-elect’s prospective appointees generally have histories and perspectives that are well-known.  Whom he chooses tells us something about ...

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What’s Trump up to?

The most benign explanation of Trump’s refusal to concede is that he is engaged in the predictable hissy fit of a cartoonishly extreme narcissist who simply cannot acknowledge that he is a loser.  Republican leaders are going along: better to ...

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A poll watcher’s story

The election seems to have taken place without major incidents of violence or disruption, but there was a good deal of tension at many polling places.  The following interesting account by a Detroit poll watcher was sent to me by ...

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The Election: Consequences and Causes

As of now, it looks like Joe Biden will be the next president of the US.  That’s the good news.  Biden will be able to undo some of the damage that Trump has wrought over the past four years.  The ...

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Bin Laden ALIVE!

We learn from Thomas Friedman that Trump has re-tweeted a QAnon-linked post that reported that Bin Laden’s killing was faked by the Obama administration, which may have actually killed a bunch of SEALs. Another post re-tweeted by the POTUS held ...

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The Debate

So, the question wasn’t asked.  Just as well—I didn’t expect Biden to follow my recommendation. I don’t think the debate changed many votes, which is fine: Trump needed a knockout, and he didn’t get it.  But I did think that ...

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The Question

They asked it of the candidates during one of the 2016 debates.  I don’t remember the exact wording, but it was something like “Do you have anything good to say about your opponent?” Trump answered by talking about Clinton’s doggedness; ...

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The Court-packing Issue

I don’t know how much the voters care, but I thought it unfortunate that Kamala Harris ducked the question Pence insistently posed to her: would Joe Biden seek to pack the Supreme Court?  The correct response was not to dodge ...

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The Great Debate

Biden was Biden (unimpressive) and Trump was Trump (a mendacious blowhard).  Two polls–CNN and CBS--showed that Trump lost. Biden would be well within his rights to say that Trump’s obnoxious behavior and continuous lies make debates a farce, and refuse ...

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