The Yankees retired Derek Jeter’s number a week ago. The New York baseball great was an accomplished player and a man beloved by both the hometown faithful and his rivals. Even the hated Red Sox Nation saluted him. Which raises the question: Why? Simply put, he instinctively knew how to react and what to say.

Doing the right thing.

Baseball came naturally to Jeter. So did his rapport with the fans, his teammates, and the media. Whatever he may have thought privately, in public he came across as candid and honest. Republican politicians should learn a lesson.

They are stuck between the rock of supporting their party and the hard place of getting reelected. Doing the right thing for the sole reason of doing the right thing is beyond their consideration. I have a suggestion as to how they may come across as more like Jeter and less like Alex Rodriguez.

They should take what they are doing – their tut-tutting or unenthusiastic support for Trump. And add to that their reaction if Hillary were doing it. Then average them.

I do not know if Trump’s offenses merit impeachment. I have no idea how much Russia compromised his campaign and his administration. And while it is obvious that the 2016 election was interfered with, we don’t know by whom and how badly. All of this warrants investigation.

Trump’s behavior also mandates it. His administration can’t agree on what story to tell. And whenever they propose an explanation for some action, a few hours later Trump tweets a different rationale.

Conservative media, from flagship Fox to the Twitterati, have done yeoman’s work in pointing the finger at Democrats – claiming that there is no story, except for the left’s hysterical overreaction. Which is splendidly shameless coming from the party of Benghazi and emails. And if that isn’t enough of a distraction they also offering the “Obama/Clinton did it too” line of defense.

Republican leadership offers no guide for the party. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell think they are presidential cheerleaders – not stewards of a co-equal branch of government. One that is supposed to provide a check and balance – especially when so many questions surround the President.

I’ll leave the pusillanimous with one observation. The two most charismatic politicians of the 2016 election were Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Because they weren’t calculating. Even if one of them was a lying cynic.

So Republicans, be like Derek Jeter. Do the right thing. I’ll guarantee that you’ll feel cleaner. And you may even get respect. And that is a rare coin in today’s politics.


Trump, Russia, Flynn, Comey, Pence & the 2018 Election.

May 16, 2017

Trump defends his blabbing state secrets to the Russians by saying he has the right to say what he said. Which is to miss the point. Just because you have the right doesn’t mean you should. The Westboro Baptist Church has the right to say what they say. Predictably, Fox News is doing yeoman’s work […]

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Trump Zealots Just Can’t Quit Their Man.

May 14, 2017

The most notable feature of the Trump presidency is the slavish loyalty of his acolytes. Even as a majority of Americans see his term as an unremitting failure, Trump’s true believers see it as a blemish-free saga of extreme success. His approval ratings are dismal. But over 90% of those who voted for him say […]

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Why Was Comey Fired? The Administration Offers Everything Except the Truth.

May 11, 2017

The Trump administration is the gang who couldn’t shoot straight. All Presidents lie, prevaricate, spin – but no administration has done it worse since – and it is a fair comparison –  Nixon. Take the Comey firing. They obviously can’t admit the real reason. That either Comey was getting too close to an uncomfortable truth – […]

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Republicans Have Never Met a Regular Guy They Wouldn’t Screw.

May 7, 2017

Republicans ran on the promise that they would repeal and replace Obamacare. They portrayed the ACA as so magnificently evil that any replacement would be better. Now House Republicans have kept half of their commitment. They did repeal and replace Obamacare, but remarkably they found something worse. Trump helped. In his desperation to pass something, anything, to […]

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Really? 5.2.17 – Trump Has a Bad Week and It’s Only Tuesday.

May 2, 2017

Donald Trump disdain for history. Tucker Carlson told the head of the White House Correspondent’s Asociation that the press hates Donald Trump. He has misread the media. I suggest that if the press has an institutional opinion of Trump, it is that he is an idiot – because they go where the evidence leads. And that evidence […]

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One Hundred Days of Failure – Trump’s Dismal First Act.

April 29, 2017

So here we are at Day 100. A date of great significance or a meaningless mark on the calendar – depending on which Donald Trump you are listening to. Trump the candidate promised an epoch-making first act. Trump the President dismisses the benchmark as an irrelevancy. Had he accomplished anything, he would have crowed a […]

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Trump Promises Stuff Again

April 23, 2017

This Wednesday is a day of great consequence in Donald Trump’s mind. It is the day – he announced Friday – on which he would unveil his magnificent, biggest ever, tax plan. Sadly, his staff and the grunts at Treasury, who would have to actually write the program, were caught off guard by Trump’s impetuous grandiosity. […]

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Trump’s Opening Act: One Hundred Days of Turpitude.

April 21, 2017

The ‘First 100 Days’ has become a totemic emblem of the start of a presidency. Flush with victory, the public’s approval ringing in his ears, his political capital never greater, a President is supposed to start his term with a flourish of activity and accomplishment. By any standard, Trump has failed to meet expectations. However, he is not […]

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