If you can find a better dog, adopt her; if not, seek out a Doodle

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Lucca relaxing in the pool. Photo by the author

I hope the Biden administration will step up Federal funding for dog cloning. The Goldendoodle should be the focus of the research because, my research shows, there is no better dog in the world. If you want a smart, clean, gentle dog, look no further. Your Doodle will be your lifelong friend. And you will be loyal to the breed for the rest of your life.

My Doodle, Lucca, arrived 10 years ago. She was a lively puppy that liked to jump on people, smell everything, and occasionally go crazy at the sight of a squirrel or rabbit. Our solution…


The Capitol siege may have irreparably damaged Trumpism; now it’s time to clean up the mess he’s leaving behind.

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Don’t give the “all clear” signal until Biden is sworn in and Trump returns his attention to golf. He may yet commit more sedition or other crimes before he leaves office. But, consistent with this, we cannot assume that the horrors witnessed yesterday in the Capitol were the last gasp of Trumpism. As promised by some of the hundreds of rioters themselves, the fight for the lost cause of Trumpism is not over.

America will continue to suffer the consequences of Trump for years to come unless the mess he created is cleaned up. That mess consists of fostering the…


The Brand is Dead

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The pending defeat of Trump, accompanied by the blue wave of Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, evidences the Republican party’s death. While parties have suffered severe losses in the past, this time it’s real. The party doesn’t stand for anything good anymore. There is nothing left to rebuild. Those nostalgic for the old GOP will find the current one is different. It is rotten, racist, short-sighted, and shrinking.

Why the GOP Won’t Come Back

Last summer’s remarkable Black Lives Matters protests prove that civil rights are not just for African Americans and other minorities. Large contingents of whites, people previously mostly absent from such…


Two Presidents Will be Elected on November 3 if Biden Wins

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What is at stake in next month’s Presidential election? A lot, including the chance to select two Presidents at once. He has described himself as a “transition candidate.” In May, he did that referring to a promising future for Pete Buttigieg, but the comment could equally apply to his ultimate choice of a running mate.

Without his explicitly saying it, Biden is offering voters a two-for-one deal. Vote for him, and you get two Presidents, Biden and President-in-waiting Kamala Harris.

The Reality of Nominating a 77-Year-Old Nominee

Democrats have nominated a 77-year-old for President. That justifies taking a good look at Kamala Harris. If Biden wins the…


All Respect for the Orange Menace Has Left the Building

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Today anchor Savannah Guthrie repeatedly pounded President Trump during the hour-long NBC Town Hall Meeting on October 15. Among many zingers, she reminded the President that he was not somebody’s crazy uncle. She also called him a liar, responding to Trump’s claim that he did not know QAnon with “yes, you do.” When Trump said he couldn’t release his tax returns because he was under audit, Guthrie responded, “you’re not.”

Did Guthrie ambush Trump? Hardly. Today’s standard is for the media and the rest of us to dismiss Trump as a clown, buffoon, sociopath, liar, and narcissist. Even people that…


Trump’s destruction of the Republican party accelerates on February 28. That’s when he addresses the Conservative Political Action Committee. He will address the future of the Republican party, something he…


Ted Cruz’s career suffered a fatal blow when he got caught on his Cancun caper. He's up for re-election in 2024. Voters won’t soon forget that he left Texas in…


Why name highways after Trump when federal prisons and courthouses are a better fit?

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Photo: Wikipedia.org modified by J. Dean

Want to drive on the President Donald J. Trump Highway? Florida state representative Anthony Sabatini thinks you do. He has proposed renaming Florida Route 29 after the disgraced former president. If passed, motorists could drive the entire length of Florida, ending up in Miami on the Trump.

Sabatini’s deep respect for the ex-president prompted his proposal. It is unclear whether it will be approved. (It’s not the strangest proposal made by the 32-year-old legislator — in November, Sabatini endorsed electing Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who shot three people during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last August.)

Somehow…


If he did, is it still there? Or might it be in Florida?

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Did the departing First Family and their staff help themselves to a few souvenirs on the way out of the White House? Among items seen being carried out last month were a bust of Abraham Lincoln, lots of framed photos, and a stuffed animal. It is unclear whether the items in question were White House property, but eyebrows were raised. Everyone seemed to find theft plausible, given the people who were involved.

Nobody has said whether Trump himself took anything, but what about that rumored gold toilet, the one the Guggenheim offered to lend him? …


Kamala Harris will have one less opponent for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination. Andrew Cuomo just blew up. The Department of Justice is investigating Cuomo’s COVID-19 task force for purposeful manipulation of the number of deaths in nursing homes. Cuomo has been lobbying state legislators to fend off criticism of his role. He is also accused of threatening a state assemblyman.

Given Cuomo’s Titanic-sized ego and the glee with which he held daily briefings on the pandemic last year, his fall will be a hard one. The worst-case scenario is that he will be forced to resign. A reasonable, high-probability outcome is that his dream of the presidency is dead.

In addition to VP Harris, Cuomo’s fall helps President Biden. Given Cuomo’s age, 2024 may be his last real chance to run for the White House. The loudest voice in the party may soon be silenced.

John Dean

Washington policy wonk, writer, blogger, and lover of nature, music, and Goldendoodles.

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