It’s Cancer.

The doctor, armed with our election test results, just told us what somehow we already knew: America has cancer. Stage 4.

Let us hope that our radiation therapy doesn’t come in the form of a nuclear holocaust.

In the meantime, goodbye.



  1. Robert J Roberts

     /  November 9, 2016

    My mantra, “This, too, shall pass.”


    • A good thought to live by, for sure. Up until the time it doesn’t pass, that is. I worry about the long-term damage that won’t pass, like a failure to confront a warming planet. I have three kids and one grandkid. They will not likely see the results of this election pass in terms of the problems that will come when the temperature gets higher. That, along with a nuclear or protracted conventional war somewhere, is my biggest fear.


  2. Anonymous

     /  November 9, 2016

    It will not pass without very grave damage! Good luck America and goodbye as well…..


  3. ansonburlingame

     /  November 9, 2016


    I am very glad you returned to the fray for this election. As usual, you gave me a lot of food for thought.

    I have had no sleep since I first began watching returns yesterday. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought of one party control now residing in the hands of the GOP and soon, probably, a “compliant SCOTUS”

    I as well can honestly say that GOP single party control scares me as much as the same for such Dem control. If Trump now tries to “change” things similar to Obama in 2009, particularly in how Obamacare came into being as well as the $1 Trillion shot in the arm that missed, well “you guys” will inevitably regain control of the Senate in 2018. I can also imagine Dems using the filibuster to prevent a SCOTUS takeover by GOP during the next two years thus leaving us with an 8 member court unless Ginsburg dies!!

    All the best to you Duane.



    • Anson,

      Thanks for the kind words. I wish to return them. All the best to you and your family. It’s going to be a long time before I can get back into our old policy debates (which I have enjoyed and profited from). This dire situation seems much more moral than ideological to me. But it will certainly have policy ramifications and I am sure at some point I will engage them. Just maybe not on this blog. Dunno.



  4. DG

     /  November 9, 2016

    Hey my brotha,
    I just hope the Democrates have the balls to oppose ever crazy policy they try to pass. Obstruct obstruct obstruct. Then we can say to the Trump voters, “How do you like it? See what we have been telling you for 8 years? Frustrating ain’t it? Get the shit out of your
    ears and listen to what we have been telling you.”
    The hypocrisy of it all, is I hear Trump and Paul Ryan on tv this morning asking the Democrates and the country to come together, to heal the great divide our country is experiencing. Wow! Really? Where were these guys 8 years ago? Where was this plea of working together 8 years ago?
    But this is how the Republican Party does business. They’re no good, plain and simple. Do these empty headed voters, who virtually came out of the boonies to elect perhaps the most dangerous republican of all time, have such a short memory that they don’t remember the bad shape of the country that was left to us by the last ass hole republican? Did they not learn a lesson? I’m sorry but my intelligence won’t ever allow me to forget that and the hard times BUSH put me and my family through.
    Thank God Obama, who has the stature, intelligence and temperament, came along at the right time in history to clean up the mess. I wonder who will come along next time to clean up this republican’s mess and will he/she have Obama’s virtues? That is, If there is a next time. RIP

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    • That we wonder if there will be a next time is the entire problem, isn’t it? Never felt that way about any other election, whether my candidate won or lost. And Hillary only got 19% of the vote in the county I live in. Jesus.

      As far as the Democratic response to all this, we can count on one thing: they will, at times, muck it up. Already signs that the larger Democratic party is dividing a bit. No one is exactly sure which way to go, toward or away from Bernie-ish ideology. Gonna be a long, nasty fight in the wilderness.

      Sad truth is that 2018 looks even worse. And that’s the start of the Census-redistricting cycle. Oh, my.


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