Tom Hastings: This Trump business is the longest lucid nightmare in our country’s collective mind and it’s time to wake up and smell the 25th Amendment.
Murray Polner: I wondered how we can determine whether some Russian-paid ads on Facebook had influenced enough white working class voters to mark their ballots for the plutocrat Trump.
Dan Embree: I’m wondering why I got ten replies to a letter I didn’t send. I have several hypotheses. You could check the one that applies.
Dan Embree: Finally, the Bannon book (OK, the Wolff book) revealing that Jared is a “suck-up”, that Ivanka is “dumb as a brick”, that Junior will “crack like an egg” once Mueller shines a light in his face, and that you are “an idiot surrounded by clowns”.
Tom Hastings: Can we all emerge, somehow, from our mega-binary zero-sum tried-judged-sentenced baskets of deplorables and America-haters to witness the truth that we share so much more than we don’t?
Steve Hochstadt: Backlash against the movement toward racial and sexual equality may have helped him win election, but even the power of the presidency has not been sufficient to stop it.
Dan Embree: Podium Mistress: “I’ll make those little size-nine smart-asses with their little mocking smiles and their little accurate facts and their crisp little memories for what I said yesterday wish they’d gone to nursing school.”
Frank Fear: Players in this neo-plantation system participate without compensation. They play at risk. The majority are African Americans—a good share of whom might not be in college if it were not for sports, and who probably wouldn’t be matriculating “on scholarship” without sports.
Dan Embree: Charles and David K, having proved the cringing obedience of congressional Republicans, will demand a Constitutional amendment outlawing campaign contributions below $100,000.
Harvey “Sluggo” Wasserman: I am shedding my slave name. Instead, where viable, we go with my hippie logo: Sluggo.
Dan Embree: When Rachel Maddow refers to “Flynn’s Turkey Links”, she means: A) Connections between your former aide and the country who was ACTUALLY paying him….
Walter Moss: In this present toxic environment, the ideas of Mohandas Gandhi and Hannah Arendt have important lessons to teach us.
Tom Hall: Empires fall of their own weight. And the Donald is the weightiest president our empire has had for many years. He has put his considerable weight behind the effort to recognize and confirm the end of the American Imperial Age.