Will Article II Spank Ted Cruz?

As soon as Gretchen and I arrived at the office on Monday, she began receiving requests for a telephone consultation. “It’s some woman claiming to represent the Ted Cruz presidential campaign,” Gretchen explained, “who says her name is Ellen White.” “Would that by any chance be Ellen Gould White?” I asked. “Let me check,” Gretchen… Continue reading Will Article II Spank Ted Cruz?

Boehner Resigns; Republicans Form Circular Firing Squad

After the Union Army of the Cumberland was routed by the redoubtable Confederate General Braxton Bragg at the Battle of Chickamauga, President Abraham Lincoln noted that its commander, General William S. Rosecrans, was “confused and stunned like a duck hit on the head.” I never fully understood what Lincoln was talking about until this morning,… Continue reading Boehner Resigns; Republicans Form Circular Firing Squad

Gulf States to Take Action on Refugee Crisis

As regular readers of this Web log know, Gretchen and I make special preparations for visits from my client “Ahmed.” These involve scheduling him as the last consultation on a Friday, preferably before a long weekend such as this one, which includes Labor Day on Monday, installing new filters in the office air purification system,… Continue reading Gulf States to Take Action on Refugee Crisis

Donald Trump – A Riddle Inside a Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma with Insanity Sauce

Friday was the regular Republican National Committee consultation appointment, and Dick Bilmoer, their premier political policy wonk extraordinaire, was in a state of high dungeon. “Damn it all, Collins!” he bellowed as he flung himself down on the couch in front of the picture window overlooking the White House, “there’s no underestimating the idiocy of… Continue reading Donald Trump – A Riddle Inside a Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma with Insanity Sauce

Republicans Form Circular Firing Squad Around Karl Rove

Representative Steven King, of Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District, had been pestering Gretchen to get a telephone consultation with me since the last days of January.  Finally, she managed to fit him in on Friday, February 8th. King: Hello, is this Tom Collins? Tom: Yes, Representative King, that’s me.  How can I help you today? King:… Continue reading Republicans Form Circular Firing Squad Around Karl Rove