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What a dire scenario: A corrupt Republican president soaked in scandal wins re-election in part because dimwitted Democrats decide to nominate a small-state senator who’s way too left-wing for the American mainstream.

By Dick Polman February 9, 2020
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In a column on the eve of the 2016 election, I warned that if Donald Trump were to inexplicably occupy the White House, he would wreak havoc on American values, and his “authoritarian sensibility” would precipitate “a systematic breakdown of our democratic institutions.” I was merely stating the obvious. Any two-bit seer could foresee how his destructive reign would play out.

By Dick Polman January 28, 2020

Year three of the man-child administration was much like his first two, only more so.

By Dick Polman January 5, 2020
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The lesson of the 2019 state elections confirmed the lesson of the 2018 congressional midterms: Donald Trump can stage all the demagogic rallies he wants, but he’s powerless to reverse the GOP’s hemorrhaging in the populous suburbs.

By Dick Polman November 10, 2019
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If only the Democrats could fight like the Washington Nationals. The new National League champs won four straight on the way to the World Series, with great pitching and clutch hitting. End of story. Or as Joe Biden would say, “Period!”

By Dick Polman October 27, 2019
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The constitutional crisis has officially arrived. To the surprise of nobody with a cognitive intellect, Donald Trump has hauled us to this treacherous precipice.

By Dick Polman October 13, 2019
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The impeachable president whined last week that he missed the good days when the Fourth Estate covered him exactly the way he wanted. In his inimitable words, “I used to be the king of getting good press.”

By Dick Polman October 4, 2019
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We dare not contemplate what the Washington Republicans would say if Donald Trump were to actually shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue.

By Dick Polman September 27, 2019
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Joe Biden has long been adept at talking with a foot in his mouth, so perhaps it’s no surprise late-ly he has overdosed on whoppers. Nevertheless, it has unnerved many Democrats to hear their 2020 front-runner oscillate so frequently between fact and fiction.

By Dick Polman September 8, 2019
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Pop quiz: What did Lyndon Johnson in 1968, Gerald Ford in 1976, Jimmy Carter in 1980, and George H. W. Bush in 1992 have in common?

By Dick Polman August 28, 2019
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Winston Churchill understood that in times of national emergency, it was imperative to forge alliances with anyone willing to help - no matter how odious those allies might be.

By Dick Polman August 20, 2019
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The word in Colorado is that John Hickenlooper is being pressured to quit his futile presidential quest and run for the Senate in 2020. Good.

By Dick Polman August 14, 2019
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Deep into last week’s Democratic debate, exasperated Republican strategist John Weaver tweeted: “When the topic is criminal justice, how are they not talking about the criminal in the White House? Huh?”

By Dick Polman August 4, 2019
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White racism was at the root of Donald Trump’s 2016 candidacy, and so it will be again in 2020.

By Dick Polman July 16, 2019

Is it possible to pluck one newsworthy moment from Wednesday night’s cacophonous 10-contestant Democratic quiz show?

By Dick Polman June 28, 2019

politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears on the ground.”

By Dick Polman June 12, 2019
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The quintessential Ugly American arrived in England on Monday, where it didn’t take long for him to hurl insults at London’s mayor. But presumably his mood will be lightened by the absence of any American vessels bearing the name John McCain.

By Dick Polman June 3, 2019
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Justin Amash, a rare Republican congressman who refuses to genuflect at Donald Trump’s feet, has been taking heat lately for daring to speak his mind. But bless his heart, he couldn’t care less.

By Dick Polman May 24, 2019
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It shouldn’t shock anyone if Donald Trump wins a second term in 2020.

By Dick Polman May 13, 2019
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If you happen to watch “Veep,” the HBO show that satirizes politics, you’re surely familiar with Jonah, the notorious foot-in-mouth presidential candidate.

By Dick Polman May 5, 2019
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Donald Trump is celebrating his fake “complete exoneration” by pledging anew to throw 20 million people off their Obamacare coverage. Is this guy politically stupid, or what?

By Dick Polman April 7, 2019
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Sunday is traditionally a day of rest, but not for habitual liars.

By Dick Polman March 31, 2019
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As I soldiered through Chris Christie’s spin-memoir “Let Me Finish,” I found myself flashing back to September 2011, when he was being widely touted as the GOP’s “Next Big Thing.” One particular ego-stroking incident at the Reagan Presidential Library must surely be one of his personal favorites.

By Dick Polman February 10, 2019
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Are we capable of connecting two dots? The fake border crisis distracts us from the true national emergency: A suspected Russian asset sits in the White House.

By Dick Polman January 20, 2019
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Did my ears deceive me? Did I actually hear Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republicans and one of Trump’s infamous abetters, actually warn us that the president is a clear and present danger to our national security?

By Dick Polman January 1, 2019
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There’s an old saying, attributed to nobody in particular, that Democrats never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

By Dick Polman November 25, 2018
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Charles Dickens wrote this about the French Revolution: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair ... “

By Dick Polman November 11, 2018
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Shortly after the arrest of the DNA-linked domestic bomber - turns out, big shock, that he’s a “Make America Great Again” fan who took Trump’s incendiary words as permission to terrorize - an amazing moment transpired at the White House.

By Dick Polman November 2, 2018
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Let’s begin with a biographical sketch, a very 21st-century American dream.

By Dick Polman August 27, 2018
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The lies rain down on us so relentlessly that we’re often benumbed.

By Dick Polman August 4, 2018
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The pollsters at Pew recently reported that 68 percent of Americans are suffering from news exhaustion, and that jibes with what I witness on an anecdotal basis.

By Dick Polman July 29, 2018
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Feel free to tell yourself that Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court because the guy went to Yale (Trump reportedly loves Ivy League creds), or because the guy has been thoroughly vetted by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society (the right-wing groups that have long been funneling conservative judges to the bench).

By Dick Polman July 16, 2018

My advice to Democrats - which I’ve offered for free since the dawn of this century - is that they pound this mantra into their thick skulls: “It’s the Supreme Court, stupid.”

By Dick Polman July 5, 2018

It may seem crass to discuss the potential political impact of Trump’s family separation policy — especially when we can hear the kids wailing for their parents — but we do need to ask:

By Dick Polman June 30, 2018

Well, the so-called peace summit with North Korea has come and gone.

By Dick Polman June 18, 2018

Election day is nearly six months away, and conventional wisdom decrees that Democrats will surf a blue wave and seize the House of Representatives.

By Dick Polman June 4, 2018

The U.S. Constitution has been reduced to a scrap of parchment, rendered irrelevant by the profiteer-in-chief.

By Dick Polman May 18, 2018

Need a break from Trump? Come with me to Missouri.

By Dick Polman April 23, 2018

Whenever I ponder the despicable impotence of the congressional Republicans - especially now, as we lurch toward a national crisis long in the making - I am reminded of a famous poem by T. S. Eliot: We are the hollow men

By Dick Polman April 16, 2018

I hold this truth to be self-evident: If the dead Austin bomber had turned out to be a Muslim, Trump would be interrupting his current presidential duties to rail anew about the urgent need to thwart dangerous foreigners with walls and travel bans.

By Dick Polman April 2, 2018
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It’s surely the dream of every red-blooded American kid to grow up and be sued by a porn star.

By Dick Polman March 12, 2018

Nobody is more stunned about the stratospheric sales of “Fire and Fury” than the guy who wrote it.

By Dick Polman January 23, 2018

It’s admirable, in a way, that so many left-leaners are calling for Al Franken to quit the Senate.

By Dick Polman November 22, 2017

Donald Trump has dumped all his macho stump rhetoric about China and morphed into a wimp.

By Dick Polman November 14, 2017

Bravo to the Republican senator who stood tall in the chamber and assailed a Republican demagogue for his disgraceful reliance on “the Four Horsemen of Calumny — Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry and Smear.”

By Dick Polman October 31, 2017
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