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An Open Letter to Mike Dunleavy


11 December 2018 Governor Michael Dunleavy PO Box 110001 Juneau, AK 99811-0001 Re: Your Meeting with President Trump Dear Governor Dunleavy: The Anchorage Daily News reports that you have accepted an invitation to meeting with President Donald Trump. WC will share with you a cautionary story he shared with Senator Lisa Murkowski. Once upon a time…

Republican presidential nominee George H.W. Bush, right, and his running mate, Sen. Dan Quayle (R-Ind.), wave to the assembly of the Republican National Convention in New Orleans after delivering their acceptance speeches. J. Scott Applewhite/ASSOCIATED PRESS

George H.W. Bush: A Modest Dissent


WC agrees that, at least  in comparison to the current Republican president, the late George H. W. Bush was a pretty decent POTUS. But that’s damning with faint praise. And all the praise for his service following his death was largely earned. But it’s also another example of Americans habit of collective amnesia when interring…

Mike Dunleavy, Alaska's governor-elect

The Very Best Pond Scum


Another Governor from Wasilla. What could possibly go wrong? Well, he could pick a bucket of pond scum to fill positions in his administration. Like Lt. Governor-elect Kevin Meyer (R, Conoco-Philips). Alaskans can count of Meyers to put the interests of Alaskans above the interests of Big Oil, you betcha. We can be pretty sure…

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker speaks to state and local law enforcement officials at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Some Notes on Matthew Whitaker


Not since Richard Nixon appointed Mudge, Rose bond lawyer John N. Mitchell as his attorney general have we had someone in that office as patently unqualified as Matthew Whitaker. Nixon appointed Mitchell because Mitchell had been his campaign chair and played a major role in sabotaging the 1968 Vietnam Paris Peace Accords, President Johnson’s effort…

Mitch McConnell, photographer unknown

Hypocrisy Hall of Fame: The Next 2018 Nominee


This one isn’t even close, and he threatens to run away with the 2018 trophy: Ol’ Turkey Neck himself, Senator Addison Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell Jr. (R, Chutzpah), the U.S. Senate Majority Leader. Senator McConnell wrote an opinion piece – for Fox News, of course – headlined “Will Dems work with us, or simply put partisan politics…

Donald Trump, photo by Vic Berger

A Trump Lexicon: The Fourth Update


The midterm elections and the fallout from the elections have brought a whole new batch of words and phrases from President Trump that require translation or explication. New additions to this work in progress appear at the top of the list. Our President uses language in strange and unusual ways. Notably, he often uses the…