We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This repeated lunge for the sour spot — the place where costs are high and benefits are low — now seems to be a trademark of the President’s decision-making style. On the left it is earning him Carter comparisons from people like Eric Alterman; on the right it means that despite his compromises and yielding of significant ground he continues to feed the incandescent hostility of his bitterest foes. Worst of all, it suggests to people abroad and at home that the way to manipulate this “split the difference”, consensus-seeking President is to raise your demands. If you are going to get something like 50 percent of what you ask for, ask for twice as much as you really want. And with this Presidential style, the squeaking wheel gets the grease. Not surprisingly, all the wheels have begun to squeak.
Here is the paradox we face: The President is a consensus-seeker whose decision making style rewards polarization and a conciliator who loses friends without winning over enemies.
"The congressional delegations of these states — Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, and Kentucky — overwhelmingly voted to reject the science that polluting the climate is dangerous. They are deliberately ignoring the warnings from scientists."
How is a climate polluted? Or weather, polluted? Inquiring minds want to know. Methinks some minds are polluted.
Chris Mathews self identifies as not only a rube but a no one:
"Chris Matthews and Clarence Page: Trump Must Be Talking About Bush When He Says "How Did He Get Into a Good School" (Chuckle, Chuckle)
Chris Matthews Ten Minutes Later: No One Would Ever Question the Academic Chops of a White President!"
I never thought I would see the day when the humor actually wrote itself. But it does.
My husband is always a gentleman. I have probably heard him use the F bomb maybe 10 times in 30 years. Today, when he read the story about OBama his thought was this: "ok, so some hippie chick went looking for the black snake and found it--the son shouldn't have to live with that for the rest of his life!" Though I don't like the O, I agree with hubby.
Chris Matthews is now taking pot shots at George Bush -- how did he get in to a good school, he asks. Sounds like Matthews [Lordy i hate to share my married last name with that guy!] is implying that there was some chicanery in George W. Bush's acceptance into Yale. Sorry Chris, you twit. Bush got in the usual way, by having a good enough scores on his college boards. The biggest difference between Bush's acceptance into Yale, and Obama's acceptance into Columbia and Harvard Law is that Obama refuses to reveal the courses he took and the grades he received, and Bush has been open about what he studied and what his grades were. He even admits that Al Gore was his roommate at some point. But Bush's grade point average over his course of studies is higher than Gore's [which Gore hates to admit]..
Okay now, Chris Matthews... where did *you*go to college/journalism school, and what courses did you take and what were your grades? Chuckle chuckle.