A Requiem for Duty

When Mitch McConnell recently proclaimed that Donald Trump has every right to question the outcome of the presidential election in court, I tried to react like the lawyer I am. McConnell was of course correct; any fool can file almost any claim whatsoever, no matter how flimsily grounded, in some court or another, and there’s … Continue reading A Requiem for Duty

Is This Any Way to Elect a President?

As Trump persists in his claims of fraud, pursues his lawsuits in states where he narrowly lost, and solicits Republican-dominated state legislatures to subvert the election, we’re forced to ask ourselves again the question that should haunt Republicans and Democrats alike: is this any way to elect a president? Trump’s guerilla war on the will … Continue reading Is This Any Way to Elect a President?

It’s Not Over Yet: Trump’s Endgame Gambits

With the presidential election called for Joe Biden, a wave of relief, even jubilation, is sweeping over the seventy-five million or so Americans who voted to remove Donald Trump from office. But Trump will no doubt persist in his claims of fraud, and his functionaries have launched a host of lawsuits to challenge vote counts … Continue reading It’s Not Over Yet: Trump’s Endgame Gambits

The Day After: What We Know

With the presidential election still very much in the balance, the Orange Incumbent predictably claiming fraud, and a potentially protracted legal road to an outcome ahead of us, what can we say we know on this first day after Election Day, 2020? First and foremost, the massive repudiation of Trump and Trumpism that some expected … Continue reading The Day After: What We Know

Not Voting Is Not An Option

This post first appeared four years ago today. Sickeningly prophetic, needing only the substitution one Democratic candidate's name for another, its plea is even more urgent now.    As this supremely tawdry election season grinds to its conclusion, I remain gripped by the fear that Donald Trump could win this thing. Not because there is … Continue reading Not Voting Is Not An Option

My Dream Candidacy

This post originally appeared in March, 2019, and holds up rather well.  But please, do NOT waste your vote by writing me in. And do VOTE! Last night I dreamed I was running for President of the United States. I know, I know — to many of you this sounds like a nightmare, but for … Continue reading My Dream Candidacy

The Sad Predictability of the 2020 Election

For an election that’s supposed to be about a clash of diametrically opposed agendas and wildly different personalities, an election, taking place in the shadow of a global pandemic, so bitterly contested that it could finally be decided in a courtroom rather than in our polling booths, it’s shaping up to be a remarkably dull … Continue reading The Sad Predictability of the 2020 Election

How Down-Ballot Votes Could Decide the Presidency

The upcoming presidential election threatens to be the most tumultuous of our lifetimes. Combine a deeply polarized citizenry, inevitable delays in counting an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots in the midst of a pandemic, a divisive Supreme Court confirmation on the eve of Election Day, and a Covid-infected president predisposed to ignore tradition and employ … Continue reading How Down-Ballot Votes Could Decide the Presidency

You Never Know the Last Time

This past week, in the wooded hills above St. Helena, California, the place where my wife and I were married burned. An unchecked wildfire, one of dozens in California that have consumed nearly four million acres this dry and windy season, torched the trees we stood beneath fifteen years ago this month, and levelled the … Continue reading You Never Know the Last Time

What’s Next for the Presidential Campaign (or, Karma’s a bitch)

Let’s all complete our ritual nods in the direction of wishing our President and First Lady a speedy and complete recovery. Or, as my brother emailed me at the crack of dawn today: Karma’s a bitch. Then let’s game out what this means for Trump’s re-election campaign, on a spectrum defined by the severity of … Continue reading What’s Next for the Presidential Campaign (or, Karma’s a bitch)