Author Archives: oddmanout215

Raw Republicanism


Donald Trump is a vindictive fraud with an orange skunk pelt on his head, but there’s nothing new about his politics: … He is the logical extension of the way the Republican Party has been operating since Barry Goldwater. This is … Continue reading

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Revenge of the deplorables


Want to know why Hillary Clinton lost the presidential race and helped ruin the Democrats’ chances of regaining control of the Senate? This remark she made in September has something to do with it: You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put … Continue reading

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Dylan’s reaction to the big prize was… Dylanesque


“Philip Roth just bought an acoustic guitar.” That’s what novelist Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers, posted on Facebook soon after it was announced that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Perrotta was either taking a shot … Continue reading

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Killing dissent softly at the DNC


I like to run the streets to calm the demons in my head before bedtime. It’s like meditation or prayer, except you need good shoes and plenty of water, especially during heat waves like the one we endured while the … Continue reading

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The DNC celebrity fest, from a distance


This year’s Democratic National Convention is at the Wells Fargo Center –the same building that hosted the RNC in 2000, but with another corporate name. It’s one of several sports venues on Philly’s southern fringe, far removed from any actual street life. You … Continue reading

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The art of the heel


This week it’s the Democrats’ turn to make empty promises while they officially nominate a candidate almost as unpopular as Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton is a war hawk in the style of her friend Henry Kissinger; a shapeshifting phony on issues ranging from gay … Continue reading

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Update on Melania’s plagiarism – the ballerina did it!


I was updating Swamp Rabbit on the screw-up at the RNC, where Melania Trump made a speech that was partly cribbed from Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 DNC. “You were part right,” I said. “Melania rejected the original speech, written by two guys … Continue reading

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