One Small Step For Alabama, by Vino Knight-Trane

“IT WAS THE ROSE PARADE OF EMPOWERED IGNORANCE. IT WAS THE ROYAL WEDDING OF STUPID AND MEAN.” – Charles P. Pierce

In light of last Tuesday’s special election results, we now know that if a Republican gets outed as a child molester in Alabama, he might actually lose an election by the landslide . . . → Read More: One Small Step For Alabama, by Vino Knight-Trane

Interesting Perspectives From John Le Carre on Fresh Air

Yesterday, the NPR show Fresh Air featured the legendary spy novelist, John Le Carre. Over the course of the interview, Le Carre offered some interesting perspectives on the current investigations of the Trump campaign. If nothing else, the interview is worth a listen solely for the opportunity to hear a cultured and authoritative English . . . → Read More: Interesting Perspectives From John Le Carre on Fresh Air

Speaking of NFL Protests . . .

My recent NFL post included the following:

Speaking of which, NFL owners made a very short-sighted decision with their blacklist, informal or otherwise. Somehow, they appear to have forgotten that 75% of NFL players are black, with many of them having likely experienced firsthand the issues with law enforcement that Kap had protested.

Two . . . → Read More: Speaking of NFL Protests . . .

Kaepernick’s Extended Vacation, and Other NFL Notes, by Vino Knight-Trane

In the recent discussion about San Francisco 49ers ex-QB Colin Kaepernick’s extended vacation, the focus has been much more on the politics of the situation than what he would likely contribute on the field. Some thoughts on the latter are in order.

The Kap who came within five yards of adding a sixth . . . → Read More: Kaepernick’s Extended Vacation, and Other NFL Notes, by Vino Knight-Trane

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker Interview With Anthony Scaramucci

This interview speaks for itself, other than to confirm that, yes, this is Donald Trump’s communications director.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/anthony-scaramucci-called-me-to-unload-about-white-house-leakers-reince-priebus-and-steve-bannon

– Vino Knight-Trane

Tom Ricks Is Just Getting Started

Thomas Ricks followed up his Fresh Air interview with some choice words about Trump in Politico:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/28/general-mcmaster-step-downand-let-trump-be-trump-215199

For those unfamiliar with Ricks, he has been one of the leading writers on the American military for the last two decades. His book Fiasco is the definitive work on the Iraq War, and his influence is . . . → Read More: Tom Ricks Is Just Getting Started

Tom Ricks Tells it Like it is

Tom Ricks was on Fresh Air this week. (The podcast may be heard below.) I’ve always enjoyed his interviews, but this portion of it, when the subject of Fox News came up, made me sit up and take notice:

GROSS: You must be wondering what’s going to happen at Fox News now, especially after . . . → Read More: Tom Ricks Tells it Like it is

Comey Firing Resurrects Hunter Thompson’s Nixon Obituary, by Vino Knight-Trane

James Fallows of The Atlantic linked HST’s Nixon obituary in his post on Friday following the Comey dismissal:

He Was a Crook: Hunter S. Thompson on Nixon – The Atlantic

www.theatlantic.com

He Was a Crook. A scathing obituary of Richard Nixon, originally published in Rolling Stone on June 16, 1994.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1994/07/he-was-a-crook/308699/

I’m not . . . → Read More: Comey Firing Resurrects Hunter Thompson’s Nixon Obituary, by Vino Knight-Trane

The Republican Waterloo, by Vino Knight-Trané

There’s no one like adult conservatives (such as there are) for eviscerating Republicans as they plumb the depths of imbecility. Today’s column in The Atlantic from David Frum, a former speechwriter for Dubya, is exemplary in this regard. His analysis of the Republicans’ failure on Obamacare is instructive in a couple of ways: on . . . → Read More: The Republican Waterloo, by Vino Knight-Trané

From the NYT: Unfiltered Voices from Donald Trump’s Crowds

The NYT posted a video today of Trump’s supporters letting it all hang out at his rallies. The footage is instructive, but not for the squeamish.

– Vino Knight-Trané

http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000004533191/unfiltered-voices-from-donald-trumps-crowds.html

McCain Aide and Lifelong Republican, Mark Salter Insults Trump and Endorses Clinton

This one’s one of the best podcasts I’ve heard in a while in terms of knowledgeability and candor. Mark Salter was on McCain’s staff for a long time, including during the 2008 campaign. One of the points he makes draws from that experience, when they knew for the last couple of months that they . . . → Read More: McCain Aide and Lifelong Republican, Mark Salter Insults Trump and Endorses Clinton

What About Paul Ryan? by Vino Knight-Trané

I suspect the Republican nomination will either go to Trump or be a big-time mess, or both. Someone like Paul Ryan could emerge as the nominee, but only after a public bloodletting in a non-brokered free-for-all of a convention that might put 1968 to shame. He would start the general election with serious disadvantages . . . → Read More: What About Paul Ryan? by Vino Knight-Trané

Cleveland Rocks! by Vino Knight-Trané

Quicken Loans Arena, home to Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, will host the 2016 Republican Convention

Norm Ornstein’s one of my favorite political writers, even though the think tank he belongs to, the American Enterprise Institute, leans right. His most recent piece in the Atlantic addresses the images of 1968 that are . . . → Read More: Cleveland Rocks! by Vino Knight-Trané

The Axe Files Interviews Mark Leibovich, by Vino Knight-Trané

I’ve enjoyed David Axelrod’s podcasts of late. His most recent interview with Mark Leibovich of the New York Times is pretty insightful.

Axe seems to be pretty good at getting his subjects to relax and open up, and he asks good questions.

One of the more interesting exchanges was about Hillary Clinton’s limitations as . . . → Read More: The Axe Files Interviews Mark Leibovich, by Vino Knight-Trané

Donald J. Drumpf: What’s in a Name? by Vino Knight-Trané

Don’t know if this makes any sense if you haven’t seen John Oliver’s (above) epic takedown of Trump (my wife was nonplussed), but the image below is my first effort at agitprop. This is the perfect time to point out that Trump was accused, today, of leading his followers in a pledge which . . . → Read More: Donald J. Drumpf: What’s in a Name? by Vino Knight-Trané

Election 2016: The Path to Statesmanship, by Vino Knight-Trané

Recent coverage of the U.S. Presidential campaign has been interesting in its perspective. After a 5% loss in Nevada, all of the prognosticators suggest that Sanders is done–one article suggesting that he’ll be at a disadvantage because his twenty-something army will be on spring break during upcoming primaries. This seems very premature.

On the . . . → Read More: Election 2016: The Path to Statesmanship, by Vino Knight-Trané