What will wingnuts do now that Obama is gone?

  Today’s transfer of power in the White House is fraught with ironies, not the least of which is that polls show that the outgoing president is much more popular than the new guy. More to the point, the departure of Barack Obama deprives the right-wing crazies, a noisy minority, of the principal target of their political invective. The time has passed for Obama to do all the evil deeds the wackos have long predicted. He wasn’t born in Africa. He’s not a Muslim.  He didn’t seize everyone’s guns. He...

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Obama has less than a week to take away our guns

  With only a few days left in Barack Obama’s presidency, one wonders if the paranoid bed-wetters at the National Rifle Association are still afraid that the jack-booted thugs in his employ will soon descend upon our homes to seize all our firearms. Indeed, one wonders why anyone ever had any such fears. Never once did Obama ever propose a blanket ban on guns. Most of the measures he’s advocated — stronger background checks for firearms purchases, for example — are supported by a majority of Americans.  But Wayne...

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Trump makes Obama look truly great

  In my book, Barack Obama has been a pretty good president, especially considering the obstacles placed in his way by shameless Republicans in Congress and by right-wing kooks in the underbelly of the Internet. But Obama is downright great when you compare him to his immediate successor, Donald John Trump. Granted, Trump has not yet taken office, but when he finally takes the oath next week, his lack of popularity will be worse than any other newly elected president in American history. Meanwhile, Obama leaves office on a wave of pretty...

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Most Americans don’t blame Obama for the nation’s problems

  Lost in all the news this week about other matters are the results of a poll showing that President Obama’s popularity now stands at about the level Ronald Reagan enjoyed at the same juncture of his second term. According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 55 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance.  That makes seven straight months in which the president’s popularity has been in positive territory, the longest streak since 2009, his first year in office. By contrast, the approval rating for Congress, which is...

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Remember when wingnuts didn’t want these Olympics held in Chicago?

  Like millions of other Americans and  people around the world, some of you readers probably are enjoying TV coverage of the current Summer Olympic Games in Rio.  But you may not remember when Chicago made an unsuccessful bid to host this year’s edition of this quadrennial sporting spectacle. In retrospect, I’m not especially disappointed  that Chicago lost out. The Olympics strike me as a somewhat risky investment of tons of money for any city to make, and I have my doubts that the Windy City would have ended up happy that...

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