Saturday November 01, 2014
October 30th, 2014
An alarming new symptom of Ebola in America: It seems to make brains mushy and hearts hard.
By hard pundit law, nonstop media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign begins on the morning after the 2014 congressional elections -- approximately 18 months before normal Americans want to hear about it.
However, like the "countdown" to major sporting events, it's also a cable TV ratings booster. With politicians and pundits eager to score TV face time, it's also cheap and easy to produce.
The death at 93 of the Washington Post's incomparable editor Benjamin C. Bradlee is both a journalistic and personal loss to all of us who had the opportunity to work for and under his driving and joyous leadership of one of America's truly great newspapers.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to.
The story of Brittany Maynard has revived the debate over Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. The law lets terminally ill patients end their lives with the aid of a doctor. That Maynard is a pretty 29-year-old newlywed using her personal tragedy to broaden support for such laws provokes and rankles foes of physician-assisted suicide. She also rejects the term "suicide."
Onstage before thousands of fans, Sam Smith sang "Stay With Me," beseeching his partner in a one-night stand for a few minutes more, and I half wondered if the two of them needed the extra time to finish bottles of Miller Lite, because a printed plug for the beer hovered over his head.
In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas.
One ad includes a quotation from Perdue about his outsourcing past: "Defend it? I'm proud of it." The tagline: "David Perdue, he's not for you."
"No more pedicures," I told my sons.
"Whyyy?" they whined.
"It's not summer anymore," I lied.
I have two boys, 7 and 10, who are addicted to pedicures.
“The only thing we have to fear is . . . Let’s face it, folks, I’m scared spitless.”
So said Franklin Roosevelt in 1933.
Well, OK, he didn’t say that. FDR lived through the Great Depression, endured polio and world war, but somehow he didn’t live in fear, like we do in 2014.