Social Notes: When Washington after dark still made the news

Sam Smith 1975 – Among the social notes of last month is an item from Texas telling of the meeting between John B. Connally and our president." Asked by reporters how he justified conferring privately for forty-five minutes with Connally, who is under indictment on charges of bribery and perjury, the ever ingenuous Ford replied, … Continue reading Social Notes: When Washington after dark still made the news

WASHINGTON: WHERE SMART PEOPLE GO TO DO STUPID THINGS

Sam Smith One of the reasons that Barack Obama was elected was that many people thought he was extremely intelligent. And they assumed that meant he would also be competent. Unfortunately, these two qualities - while not necessarily mutually exclusive - are not necessarily synonymous, either. In fact, we have found ourselves stuck with an … Continue reading WASHINGTON: WHERE SMART PEOPLE GO TO DO STUPID THINGS

The media’s anti left bias

Sam Smith, 2005 Dana Milbank's snotty attack on critics of White House behavior as revealed in the Downing Street memos illuminates a carefully concealed truth about the media: its definition of objectivity stops at the edge of anything left of center. Standard Democratic policy is okay, even a liberal quote or two, but anything further … Continue reading The media’s anti left bias

Galaxy Update: The Clingons & the Process People on Planet Potomac

Sam Smith, 2003 -   The two most powerful subcultures on Planet Potomac are the Clingons and the Process People. The former got their name from their skill in hanging onto various branches of power with one hand while speaking on the phone with the other, valiantly ignoring the laws of gravity, ecological factors, common sense, … Continue reading Galaxy Update: The Clingons & the Process People on Planet Potomac