Do democratic principles demand a “Greater Idaho?”
Idaho is OK, you say. But it could be better. How? What if we threw in Eastern Oregon with it? That is precisely the “Greater Idaho” campaign’s aim. And it is doing well, if you consider that most of these state-rejiggering plans go nowhere, and it appears to be going — somewhere. The idea is…
A Love Letter to Mel Brooks
Thanks for being so funny for so long. Dear Mel Brooks, As you know, you are great. I’ve enjoyed your work my whole life, but I’ve never said thank you. Granted, my whole life adds up to less than half of yours. But even half your age is, you know. So I’m overdue to say…
Why the US has more immunity to rationality than to COVID-19
When news broke that the US Department of Energy concluded the coronavirus likely escaped from a lab, Democrats were skeptical, Republicans triumphant. Shouldn’t everybody be dispassionately interested in determining the origin of a pandemic that killed nearly 6.8 million people worldwide?
Is asking for a National Divorce inviting a new Civil War?
When a certain representative from Georgia says we need a “national divorce,” why do people take her so seriously?
Joe Biden pops off a State of the Union like it was a Chinese spy balloon
As a speechwriting geek, I want to talk about the state of the union. But we must also talk about the strange spherical object in the sky.
Tyre Nichols, Memphis, and elites who run away
Come with me as we explore the violent, death-strewn and musically brilliant history of a city on a hill.
Oscar-nominated movie ‘The Whale’ is all about Moscow, Idaho. What are the odds?
If this was all The Whale was, questioning the role of parents and religion and self-determination, being who you are, plus a lot of time spent talking about English assignments — it would basically be the same as every other darn play ever put on in Moscow, Idaho.
On the Biden and Trump classified document scandals
Glorious news in national politics, folks. We have two special counsels, two prosecutors conducting open-ended investigations into two presidents at once! Remember that special counsels have brought us such hits as Oliver North and the Iran-Contra affair, the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky actual affair, and that Bob Mueller not-really-leading-to-anything affair. What is different this time? It’s…
In the South today, a golden age for the Black middle class
Right now, today, times have never been better for the Black middle class. And that golden age is centered in the former Confederacy. Black families are moving to the South in big numbers, where they are finding good jobs and presumably enjoying their lives.
Kevin McCarthy’s speakership is blocked, but by where?
The Compass of Power Episode VIII Like you, I am deeply, deeply troubled by the events of this past week. There is no speaker of the United States House of Representatives yet, and I really don’t know what we’re going to do moving forward. I have started stockpiling my water. There have been many complaints…