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Many of us who grew up in New York City have a personal bond with the NY Times, as it’s so much a part of the culture and heartbeat of the city. And being a news junkie, I believe one of the silver linings in the dark cloud of the Trump administration is that it’s forced the paper to be even more on top of its game in its political analysis and investigative reporting.
When it comes to Democratic presidential candidates, the field is already so crowded that the real question is “who’s not running?” Imagine combining the Kentucky Derby, Belmont and Preakness in one race, with the Triple Crown being the 2020 presidential nomination.
Let’s face it – 2018 was the year of Donald Trump. That’s not to be confused with the president nominating himself Man of the Year, but rather that our entire system of government has been dominated by Trump’s volatility, irrationality and narcissism.
The 2018-midterm elections were clearly a referendum on Donald Trump. The president told everyone he was on the ballot, and according to network exit polls, two-thirds of voters agreed and said he was a big factor in how they voted – and the resulting “blue wave” was very real.
While the nation’s attention is rightfully focused on November 6th, the most pivotal midterm elections in recent history, I’d also like to peer ahead into the not-so-distant future.
With a heavy heart, I am announcing our formal separation. While we’d been a compatible couple for almost four decades, two years ago you began an affair with a philandering con man and then, moved in together. And even though his daily existence is total chaos and he may be in trouble with the law, you continue to stand by him. Based on your actions and inaction, you’ve left me with no choice but to step away from this crumbling relationship.
I have been a proud member of the Republican Party for all of my adult life. But the GOP’s divisiveness, dysfunction and lack of conscience, along with the continuing chaos generated by an administration that seems to simply govern by going from one crisis to another, has made that relationship untenable.
Let’s say you’re a serious football fan and have rooted for your favorite team most of your adult life. They’re heading to the conference finals again, two years after suffering a shocking loss in the Super Bowl to an underdog led by an inexperienced, erratic quarterback.
This year, the politics of the possible seems more like politics of the impossible. But as a practical Republican and stubborn optimist — not an easy feat in the current climate — I figure a little wishful thinking can’t hurt.