A Rare Thing
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by Carter Wrenn
2d ago
Face to face with a brutal choice he asked himself: Was it right for him to replace Biden’s presidential Electors – approved by state legislatures – with Trump Electors (picked by Trump). He knew, under the Constitution, a vice president couldn’t give Trump what he wanted – but he also knew telling Trump no was treading on shaky ground – seeing red Trump might send him into exile, a pariah. Mike Pence told Trump no. Steve Bannon branded Pence, ‘Judas Pence…a dead man walking.’ On stages, fuming, Trump roared Biden stole the election – nodding, falling in lockstep behind him, Republicans cheer ..read more
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The Governor’s Race: Stein Slams Robinson
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by Carter Wrenn
4d ago
I walked into my bedroom, turned on the TV, caught a glimpse of Mark Robinson’s face, turned, his voice roared – stopped me in my tracks. Most political ads are cliches wrapped in flashy graphics, dark music, laced with melodramatic voices – you watch one for five seconds and tune it out. But in Josh Stein’s ad about Mark Robinson no one said a word…except Mark Robinson. When I see a political ad I usually think, ‘That one’s a base-hit’ – or a double, or triple, or home run. Most often I think, ‘Another swing and miss.’ In his ad Stein played three videos: Robinson striding across the stage i ..read more
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Demagogues
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by Carter Wrenn
5d ago
A Democrat before he ran for Senate, in 1946 Joe McCarthy pulled off a rare feat: He beat a 3-term Republican Senator – in a Republican primary. The Soviet Union exploded its first A-bomb. Fear shook America. Standing on a stage in West Virginia, waving a sheet of paper, McCarthy said, ‘I have in my hand’ a list of communists working in the State Department. The world erupted. Hammering the same drum, McCarthy said, Even if there were only ‘one communist’ in the State Department that would be too many. There were communists in the government but to McCarthy hurling charges was what mattered ..read more
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Gray Areas
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by Carter Wrenn
5d ago
Sighing, a friend told me, The rule of law in America is no more. It’s gone. Sitting across the table another friend nodded, Biden’s using judges to destroy Trump. Biden controls the judiciary. I asked: If that’s so why didn’t he derail his son’s trial in Delaware? The verdicts in Trump’s first two New York trials – $85 million and $500 million – were over the top. But how Trump landed in half a dozen lawsuits is more complicated than just calling it ‘a witch-hunt.’ When it comes to breaking the law if you step close to the line most lawyers tell you: Stop. Don’t go there. That’s a gray area ..read more
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Mannequin versus Showman
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by Carter Wrenn
5d ago
When they debate Biden’s going to need to take Trump head-on – but that may not be a task he’s up to. Why not? Washington politicians don’t talk – they read scripts, repeat lines savants promise will help elect them. But even reading strong lines, waving his hands, voice toneless, Biden sounds like a mannequin. Trump likes to say what he thinks is popular too – but in a showy vivid pure Trump way. Not bound by scripts he always talks like Trump. Trump, the showman, hurling insults can be offensive. But watching a mannequin spinning in toneless circles takes the air out of the room ..read more
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Putin
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by Carter Wrenn
1w ago
Shaking their heads lips set in hard lines, a lot of people growl, Don’t send another penny to Ukraine – Ukraine doesn’t matter to us. But take a look back at the past: First, Putin invaded the Republic of Georgia, then Crimea, then Donbas, then Ukraine. And to get what he wants he’s joined arms with dictators from China, Iran. A dictator invading a small weak country’s an old story: Hitler marched into Rhineland, Austria, Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia, Poland as Americans, shaking their heads, said, ‘That doesn’t matter to us.’ His alliance with Japan and Mussolini landed us in World War II. C ..read more
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A Backfire
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by Carter Wrenn
1w ago
Clutching the podium, jaw set, getting booed, at the Libertarian Convention Trump tried to cut a deal: He offered to put a Libertarian in his cabinet if Libertarians endorsed him – then, staring at ‘Free Ross’ signs, made a second promise: His first day in office he’d pardon Ross Ulbricht. Who is Ross Ulbricht? He built a black market so drug pushers could sell heroin, cocaine, other drugs on the internet. Landed in prison. At Mar-a-Lago the night he announced Trump growled he wanted drug pushers to get the death penalty – then promised Libertarians he’d pardon an internet drug dealer. That’s ..read more
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Paying a Price Either Way
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by Carter Wrenn
1w ago
The subject line on the top of Trump’s email leaped up off the page: ‘They were authorized to shoot me.’ He roared on, down the same road: ‘They’re just itching to do the unthinkable…locked and loaded Joe Biden’s FBI was ready to take me out.’ Was the FBI itching to assassinate Trump the day it searched Mar-a-Lago for classified documents? Is Trump telling it like it is? Or spinning a tale? If he’s spinning a tale – will you vote for Trump? You might – if you see Biden as the greater evil. It’s a hard choice. Are we better off electing a bumbler – Biden – or a president who makes things up ou ..read more
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Why Rachel Hunt? Why LG?
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by Gary Pearce
1w ago
I asked a friend to make a campaign contribution to Rachel Hunt, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, and he asked me, “Why does the lieutenant governor matter?” Here’s why. As Lieutenant Governor, Hunt will preside over the Senate – unlike Mark Robinson, who handed over his gavel to the Republican Senate leader, Phil Berger. Hunt will use the gavel to see that voices that have been shut out and shut down will be heard again on the floor of the Senate. She’ll be a member of the State Board of Education, where she’ll be a champion for good public schools and higher teacher pay, ju ..read more
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Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place
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by Carter Wrenn
1w ago
Ole Joe Biden’s lived and breathed in the swamp for 50 years; adroit, clever, making deals handed him power, power led to fame and, after his son and brother became lobbyists, led to family money. Clever, but in a different way, standing in the spotlight, as a showman Trump’s in a league of his own. Running against Hillary, he promised he’d drain the swamp – as president boasted he was draining the swamp. But it didn’t quite work out that way. It turns out when Trump was in the White House the swamp got bigger – columnist John Stossel reports Trump added ‘almost two million’ government jobs ..read more
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