This has probably not, in fact, been the worst year in the history of American journalism.
There are, to my mind, only two reasons to re-examine ballots in a presidential campaign.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson
A few days ago, a black woman I know got a text from a friend who asked what she'd be wearing "to the slave auction in January."
I don't want the Republican Party defeated next week.
So what was it they were trying to kill?
"Why's everybody always pickin' on me?" -- The Coasters from "Charlie Brown"
Donald Trump has a victim mentality.
Meantime, back at Guantanamo...
Look, I'm a guy, all right?
I used to love "The X-Files."
Like millions of Americans, I unfailingly followed FBI agents Mulder and Scully's search for the truth in a labyrinth of conspiracy.
We've called him many things. We pundits have overworked our thesauruses and our imaginations to describe Donald Trump.
I know you are, but what am I?"
It keeps getting bigger.
One might have expected last month's protest by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his refusal to stand for the national anthem, to have blown over by now.
"Why haven't you reported that Colin Kaepernick's actions are due to his radical Muslim beliefs? Why are you covering this up?"
I had decided not to see Nate Parker's new movie.
His name doesn't even appear in the book.
But make no mistake. "Hillbilly Elegy," the new best-seller by J.D. Vance, is, in a very real sense, about Donald Trump.
Ordinarily, I might gloat.
Last week, a prominent conservative pundit conceded a point yours truly and countless others have been making for a long time.
We will get to Baltimore in a moment. First, let's talk about innocence.
"Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free"
Or maybe not.
Far be it from me to correct Jesus, but to survey the modern political landscape is to see precious little evidence of the truth setting anyone free.
Let me tell you how I got in trouble with ladies.
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