Please excuse the absence. We had some personal sadness to deal with. A good friend is making repeated trips to the hospital. Another was killed when she was struck by a car while vacationing in New Zealand. Out of town friends and relatives occupied our memories. Frankly, I just didn’t feel like writing. But gradually, the warmth of old, old friendships helped us find the joy behind the sadness. And that’s what our lost friend would want. Hell, she would have demanded it.
So here goes.
Did you catch the stunning Obama speech on TV? Not the State of the Union, although it was pretty good. But his debate with the Republican caucus was high political drama. How many people do you know who have the political spine to stand alone in front of 140 people who oppose the ground you walk on? Better still, how many would insist that the TV cameras keep rolling? Clearly, President Obama was the smartest guy in the room. And he continues to try to break the terrible partisan logjam that is Washington. CSPAN will repeat the 80 minute program. Worth watching. Five stars.
Have you been following the other drama flurrying around next week’s Tea Party Convention. Two wingnut heroes of the movement — Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) — have withdrawn as speakers while supporters hint something is scammy. Sarah Palin, however, is still on board to get her hundred grand for keynoting. She is calling for the Tea Baggers and the Republicans to merge. But Palin came under Tea Party fire herself – for supporting John McCain in his senate re-election bid. Can you spell litmus? Can you draw a circular firing squad?
In closing, the obvious: It’s damn cold in Minnesota this time of year.