The Aggrievement of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump

James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake is more coherent than Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump yesterday in Iowa. I made a valiant effort at listening to it. It was difficult. Palin’s voice was a high-pitched screech with the speed and fury of a gale behind it, a freestyle ramble of slights, real and imagined by the … Continue reading The Aggrievement of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump

On Cynicism, Mitch Daniels, and the Thin Republican Field

Mitch Daniels, the former Bush administration Office of Management and Budget director and current governor of Indiana, has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for President in 2012. Many Republicans saw him as a viable candidate in a weak field, yet Daniels has decided to join former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who would himself … Continue reading On Cynicism, Mitch Daniels, and the Thin Republican Field

On Sarah Palin and the Failure of the Media

We begin with this, noted by my friend Keith — Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin could not have passed a fifth grade civics test. Her handlers in the McCain campaign knew how unsuited and unqualified she was for the position for which she was running. They leaked to reporters — background, off-the-record, not-for-attribution — … Continue reading On Sarah Palin and the Failure of the Media

On Ronald Reagan, Doctors, and the Republican Party

Last night in the Vice Presidential debate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin closed her remarks with a quotation of Ronald Reagan: It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don¬ít pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, … Continue reading On Ronald Reagan, Doctors, and the Republican Party