A Suggestion for the Trump Cabinet Talent Hunt

The president has been losing key leadership at an alarming rate and there is talk that he plans to replace his Attorney General after the November elections. According to the Washington Post he is beginning to make plans, including holding discussions with the AG’s own Chief of Staff.

Should the president be interested in my advice, I think I have found an ideal candidate, This is someone who would be a perfect fit for the Trump White House ethos – the current Texas state Attorney General, Ken Paxton.

Paxton has demonstrated an ability to operate under felony indictments and he looks certain to be re-elected with a comfortable Texas Republican majority. This is Trump’s kind of guy.

Oh, and as Michael Barajas points out in his Texas Observer article, Paxton was talking about witch hunts before Trump made it cool.

This, by the way, is some outstanding reporting in the Texas Observer. This story has been unfolding over the last four years and it has been impossible to keep up with all the legal machinations of Team Paxton. This is an excellent retrospective piece.

 

I Meet Our New Justice . . . He Likes Beer

I had no plans for watching the Kavanaugh hearing today before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I had heard about all I needed to know about the president’t nominee for the Supreme Court. And somehow I knew I was going to feel a little dirtier if I spent a day watching the U.S. Senate at work.

But I turned it on early, just after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford had been sworn in. Her testimony was riveting as the Republican majority sat off to the side and had a local government sex crimes prosecutor ask all the questions. They apparently didn’t want to risk seeing themselves later in their electoral opponents’ campaign commercials questioning Dr. Ford. They didn’t want to make it too easy for to show them as what they are: white male Republicans with no aptitude for empathy.

I decided to continue watching after lunch and saw our future justice performing most un-judicially for the next three hours. He was angry. He was aggressive. He was rude. He interrupted U.S. Senators. He cried. He told touching stories about his family. He blamed everyone else and took no responsibility for anything. He congratulated himself at every opportunity on how great he is. He had finally mastered the skills of a reality television star. He conducted himself a lot like his new role model, Donald J. Trump.

So much for judicial temperament.

Good luck, America.

Blessed are the Teachers | thewriterjean

A salute to teachers from our Lake Jackson friend, Jean Ciampi (although she has moved from Lake Jackson and is now moving again to Michigan). She IS thewriterjean. 

School is back in session. Teachers, unsung warriors that they are, have once again manned the battle lines to fight for the ongoing education of the next generation. Truly there is no level of sainthood great enough to crown the heads of these bold, brave souls who selflessly walk into the classrooms of darkness and…
— Read on thewriterjean.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/blessed-are-the-teachers/

Focus on Governing: A Challenge to Democrats

It was fun while it lasted. President Obama understood the principles and mechanics of constitutional government and he approached the job with the highest ethical standards. And, although one may differ with his policy direction, it cannot be credibly argued that he failed to perform the job of President of the United States with distinction.

That is history. The Democratic Party is now faced with trying to regain a modicum of power in our tripartite system so as to be able to exercise the balance of powers the founders counted on to protect against the concentration of too much power in the hands of one person or party.

How did the Democrats lose power and what can be done to win back a seat at the table of American governance?

The loss of power is not something that happened suddenly in 2016. Although we will apparently be sorting through the problems related to that election for some time, we will not find the answer there in why Democrats don’t compete well in most states today.

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