Thinking of what might have been, Julian Zelizer wrote that Trump "could have started with a gracious concession speech, congratulating President-elect Biden on his impressive victory and urging his voters to throw their support behind the nation's new commander in chief." He could have invited Biden to the White House, as Obama did for Trump in 2016, authorized the release of funding for the transition, enabled the full briefing of incoming officials on the pandemic and national security matters. But he did none of those things, instead "devoting his energy to Twitter rants and lawsuits -- which keep getting thrown out -- rather than concerning himself with the important work of governance." … [Read more...] about What the vaccine won’t cure
The royal family's public relations machine deserves credit for resurrecting its image in the past decade around the children of Diana and Charles — "the more accessible Princes William and Harry," Thomas wrote. But the new season of "The Crown" is a "solid reminder that even comparatively recently, 'The Firm' was in a near-constant state of crisis — and begs the question of how much more controversy the family's image can withstand." … [Read more...] about Judge’s devastating question for team Trump
Who can step up to be these leaders? Is it middle of the road politicians? Clergy? Social Workers? I know some people have been doing this work for the last four years, but we need it on a larger scale. Maybe the next president can institute a Commission on Unity, so we can learn how to work together again. Like a previous letter-writer smartly suggested, maybe getting rid of the aisle and having our representatives seated by alphabetical order would be a symbolic start — a good-faith gesture that they care more about healing our rift, in the best interest of the United States of America, than about gaining or holding power. … [Read more...] about Letters: Election results show the power of freedom (11/8/20)
This was the unmistakable verdict of the swing voters who decided the election. They want divided government. They just don’t trust either party enough to give them full control. So there was a lot of ticket-splitting in Maine, where people voted for Joe Biden and Susan Collins, while in other states that don’t have Maine’s history of persnickety independence, a lot of people voted for Biden and then skipped the Senate altogether (Cal Cunningham in North Carolina got around 110,000 fewer votes than Biden). … [Read more...] about Biden’s Win Won’t Matter if Georgia Makes McConnell His Co-President
Just imagine if you picked Secretary of State Alex Padilla. He would bring MIT-trained brilliance and a record of improving California’s voting system to a body that insults our democratic intelligence. Padilla, whose parents emigrated from Mexico, also would bestow California’s attractive diversity on a Senate that, extensive studies show, favors white people in smaller states and contributes to the systemic racism that plagues our country. … [Read more...] about Joe Mathews asks: Governor, what about me for U.S. Senate?