My more perfect union

I want to live in an America that: is inclusive, tolerant and compassionate – seriously addresses climate change – makes health care affordable and accessable to all – engages and builds coalitions with the world – and values the education of all of its citizens. I don’t want to live in Mayberry.


Paul Ryan’s toxic type

The one good thing about getting older is that you have experienced a lot of stuff. You’ve experienced a lot of people. You know stuff. I have experienced the likes of Paul Ryan many times. Talks faster than others, takes the oxygen out of the room, presents as smarter than anyone else, shuts down real discussion and collaboration. If Ryan were on my staff, I would have him seek other employment.

Memo to Donald Trump

72 years ago, as you were beginning your life, the Battle of the Bulge began. It was the bloodiest battle of WW II. American losses: 19,000 killed, 47,000 wounded, 23,000 missing. You need to get a lot smarter, get off Twitter, develop some impulse control, become more nuanced, value America’s Intelligence Community, and get “briefed” daily. If you don’t, you just may lead America into conflicts far bloodier than the Battle of the Bulge.