The conventional wisdom is that the incumbent president’s party gets clobbered in the midterm elections in both the House and the Senate. Given that our current majority stands at four in the House and zero in the Senate, this is not a minor worry. But conventional wisdom would also lead us to believe that the Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln would support democracy over autocracy; and yet, here we are. So let’s look at the most recent data points to see if we can ferret out any reasonable guesses this early in the cycle.

Just this week, the Democratic…


I’m old and I put a very high value on tradition in both my religious life and political life, so when Dems talk about abolishing the filibuster, I worry. Mainly, I worry about the damage that will befall us when the tables turn and the R’s are in control of a Senate without the filibuster. On the other hand, I worry that the folks who brought us Jim Crow are now launching an all-out assault on voting rights at a time when the Supreme Court isn’t, shall we say, distinguishing itself.

I decided to do my homework to be sure…


The depth and breadth of the damage Donald Trump and his enablers have wrought on the federal government is impossible to convey in a simple sentence. Those with experience, expertise, and institutional memory have been driven out in droves, leaving rows of empty cubicles (and a few Trumpist moles) in every major department and agency.

Trump’s goal is not hard to understand. The wildly smart Ezra Klein, writing in his first major piece after his move to the NYTimes, quotes two political scientists as saying that populism feeds not just on socioeconomic discontent, but on claims of ineffective government as…


My grandfather, William Kopolsky, was brought to America as a small child, fleeing the pogroms in what is now Ukraine. He worked in the family’s dry goods business by day selling schmattas (clothing only slightly better than rags) while attending NYU for college and law school, all at night. He went on to establish a small law firm that included representing the fur industry in negotiations with their unions. He risked his livelihood and reputation to travel to Washington, D.C., to our Capitol, where he testified before Senator Joseph McCarthy on behalf of one of those union leaders he bargained…


This question has been on our minds for over five weeks, and although we know that Trump is going to leave, we’re all so traumatized we still worry. The real question isn’t whether or not he will leave, but how long will he control what was once the Republican Party?

There is a very plausible argument to be made that Trump and Trumpism will continue to dominate their Party. Who knows? Maybe he’ll actually run again in four years. There are also those who predict he will form some sort of cable network to out-Fox Fox to maintain his profile…


Don’t Forget To Breathe

MSNBC Screenshot

I was tempted to begin this post with the phrase “barring anything unforeseen,” but I understand that in 2020, that’s a fool’s mission. What I can say with authority is that since he was nominated by the Democratic Party, Joe Biden has been leading this race consistently every single day, and that lead appears to be growing dramatically. And, yes, I do remember 2016, but let me explain why I believe that my confidence in a Democratic win is accurate this time around.

With the exception of his most loyal base, people have grown tired of…


Lest there was any doubt, we now know for sure that Trump fully understood that the coronavirus was deadly and that it was spread by inhaled droplets as early as February. Despite that, he made an intentional choice to downplay the risks, effectively preventing the country from taking the drastic measures that could have saved tens of thousands of lives. Not only did he not act to save lives, he directly caused deaths by holding public events without social distancing or mask-wearing, and worse, by shaming those who made intelligent choices to help lessen the spread of the virus.

If…


A lot can change, but with less than 100 days left before the election, it sure looks like Trump will lose ‘bigly.’ Much of this is driven by his absurd and completely incompetent response to the coronavirus pandemic that is now killing over a thousand Americans a day. Yet, he’s not changing course. …


Joe Biden blasts Trump’s photo op

The brutal murder of George Floyd under the knees of Minneapolis police officers was another sad data point in a long and terrible story of egregious abuse of and violence towards black men (and women, but to a different extent) in America. The deaths of Eric Garner and Oscar Grant, to name just two, were tragically similar. Although there were protests then, they did not cause the same sort of soul searching across the nation that the murder of George Floyd has sparked.

Eric Garner was killed by a New York City cop while gasping “I can’t breathe” in 2017…


The Coronavirus Has Arrived

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is here, and it is going to spread far and wide. That’s the report from the Centers for Disease Control spokesperson who said, “It’s not a question of if but rather a question of when and how many people in this country will have severe illness.” The CDC has the latest information on the spread of the disease and what you can do.

Here are a few interesting and important facts from NYTimes’ science reporter, Donald G. McNeil, Jr., from their podcast, The Daily: COVID-19 is the latest mutation of the common…

Arthur Friedson

Grandfather of 4, HR guy, Democratic activist, writer for Democrats and not-for-profits, lapsed banjo player, and relatively decent human being on most days.

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