The people of the state of Iowa, Norman Mailer once observed, are incapable of realizing any political reality short of having a bomb dropped on them. The state motto of New Hampshire is “Live Free or Die,” by which they mean, be like us or we will kill you. Both states have minuscule populations; Iowa… Continue reading Primarily Preposterous
This week, Washington dodged what might have been about two and one half feet of snow, getting about two and three quarter inches of rain instead. The last time DC got the amount of precipitation which, if frozen, the last few of days worth of rain would comprise, was ten years ago, and the storm… Continue reading Sleepy Joe Wakes Up and Smells the Scandal
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
My eleven o’clock consultation appointment today was with Marco P. Capellini, who usually lobbies for the National Restaurant Association. Today, however, he was on family business and paying out of his own pocket – or at least offering to do so. “No, no,” I insisted, “please – this one’s on me. Consider it pro bono.”… Continue reading Iowa, Pizza Ranch and the GOP – What Would Jesus Order?