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Bill Straub: Go figure Mitch McConnell’s turnabout, forevermore putting party over country

Calling on any public figure to resign, retire, hit the road or however you might want to put it is an onanistic gesture sure to be ignored by the individual it’s aimed while serving as a target of ridicule for his or her supporters. So be it. But, folks, it’s time for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Louisville, to take a powder for the sake of the nation he’s supposed to be serving...

Bill Straub: The Republican Party is trying to find itself — a ‘house divided against itself cannot stand’

It was Lincoln, the pre-eminent member of a political organization formerly known as the Republican Party, who cited the synoptic gospels in declaring in 1858 that, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” That proposition, Lincoln told a friend, is “indisputably true,” adding “I want to use some universally known figure, expressed in simple language as universally known, that...

McConnell explains his vote against impeachment; he does not condone Trump’s ‘disgraceful actions’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks after the Senate voted 57-43 Saturday in favor of the conviction of former President Donald Trump on articles of impeachment related to the insurgence at the Capitol on January 6. The 43 votes opposed to the conviction were all Republican votes. Seven Republicans voted with Democrats in favor. The measure failed, however, because a 2/3rds...

Bill Straub: Some things you can count on, and Rand Paul is proceeding in his true, maskless form

You can always count on the sun to rise in the east and set in the west. You can always count on Tom Brady to come through in the big game. And you can always count on Rand Paul to make an ass out of himself. Boy, this dude is some nasty piece of work, isn’t he? You may have heard there’s an impeachment trial going on in Washington, some jamoke named Trump (as Panama Smith said about Eddie Bartlett...

Bill Straub: Leadership AWOL, ghost of Lincoln looms, future of Republican Party hangs in balance

Reports about the impending death of the Republican Party are, as Twain once remarked about his own alleged demise, an exaggeration. But make no mistake, a reckoning is in the offing, the outcome of which will ultimately carry huge consequences. On one side you have former President Donald J. Trump who has been eerily quiet since Twitter saw fit to kill his lie-prone account. But he remains inordinately...

Al Cross: McConnell makes play to sideline Trump as he has chance to remake how he’ll be remembered

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood leads on to fortune. . . . On such a full sea are we now afloat.” – Brutus to Cassius, Julius Caesar, Act 4 The last time I talked with Mitch McConnell, I suggested that our next conversation be about the future of the Republican Party (after Donald Trump). I didn’t use the last three words, since it was just before the election. He...

Bill Straub: Yes, the flag is still there — let the church bells ring from sea to shining sea

There came a poignant moment during the inauguration ceremony for the new president of the United States of America, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., when Lady Gaga, singing the National Anthem, turned her gaze upward toward the Stars and Stripes hovering above the platform and emphasized the phrase, “Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” Normally those words wouldn’t have...

Mitch McConnell: Remarks on Senate floor as it returns to its work pre-inauguration

Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell delivered these remarks Monday on the Senate floor: President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Harris will be sworn in. We will have a safe and successful inauguration right here on the west front of the Capitol — the space that President Bush 41 called ‘democracy’s front porch.’ And then we’ll move forward. Our work for the American people will continue,...

After a ‘dark day’ in the nation’s Capitol, lawmakers and residents who were there take stock

By Jeff Young, Alana Watson, Liam Niemeyer and Corinne Boyer Ohio Valley Resource Owensboro, Kentucky, pastor Brian Gibson spoke at an event in Washington, D.C., Tuesday that combined religion with support for President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the election. “How many of you all believe that the people we elected are going to do what’s right tomorrow?” Gibson asked...

Paul Hill: Open Letter to Donald Trump: I once admired you as ‘cool guy,’ but you changed my mind

OPEN LETTER TO DONALD TRUMP Let me say that I admired you when I was in my twenty’s. I bought your book, The Art Of the Deal and thought, “What a cool guy..I want to be that guy.” Come on. . .a New York real estate mogul who started here in Cincinnati on Reading Road. . .why not? I then followed your career through the purchase of your New Jersey Casinos and subsequent bankruptcies and your...

Fauci ‘the Einstein of epidemic diseases,’ writes Kentucky State professor who studied under him

By Narayanan Rajendran Kentucky State University The physicist Albert Einstein wrote a letter in 1939 to President Franklin D. Roosevelt suggesting that the U.S. should develop its own atomic research. That information, followed by FDR’s Manhattan Project, has changed U.S. history forever because FDR took the advice seriously. If Adolf Hitler would have developed the atomic bomb first, history would...

Bill Straub: Paul says money doesn’t grow on trees; so, Mitch, what do you think of El Presidente now?

Parsing the permutations of the COVID-19 relief bill is akin to fiddling with a Rubik’s cube while blindfolded in a darkened room. After months of wrangling, insults, scare tactics, hyperbole and additional nonsense – you know, de rigueur — Congress this week passed a $900 billion aid package attached to a $1.4 trillion omnibus bill intended to fund government operations through the end of...

Jan Hillard: Realigning presidential elections, a look at coalitions and focusing on biggest challenge

Voting coalitions represent groups of voters from demographic, economic, and social groups. In any Presidential election, specific coalitions come together to support their collective candidate and/or political party. In the United States, the makeup of voting coalitions have varied over time. When there are substantial coalitional shifts, we have what are termed realigning elections. Realigning elections...

Bill Straub: McConnell relents on ‘President-elect Biden; but his Ky. Senate collegeaue may pose problem

Is there a more appropriate cover boy for the modern Republican Party – that toxic conglomeration of fabulists, conspiracy mongers, White nationalists, petulant whiners and cheap chiselers — than Kentucky’s own Sen. Rand Paul? Granted, the competition is fierce. Any party that can produce the likes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell, of Louisville, and Rep....

Kentucky electoral college members gather at state Capitol to cast votes for Donald Trump, Mike Pence

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Just like every other state in America, Kentucky’s members of the electoral college met to cast their votes for President and Vice-President on Monday. Kentucky had eight electoral votes in the November General Election, one for the two U.S. Senators and one for each of the six Congressional seats in the state, as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Kentucky’s members...

Bill Straub: Petty resistance at every turn as President-elect’s team tries to move on inauguration

Kentucky’s gift to the nation and the whole, wide world for that matter, Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell, has now taken a firm stance regarding that centuries old American practice of a smooth, peaceful and celebratory transfer of power. He’s against it. McConnell, of Louisville, is a member of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which oversees...

Bill Straub: Rand Paul continues to attract attention with his curious — and potentially harmful – views

Sen. Rand Paul is laboring furiously these days to attract attention to his consistently curious views. The effort comes at an inconvenient time as President Donald J. Trump, aka Loser, is stealing headlines while further undermining the republic and Paul’s fellow Kentuckian, Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch” McConnell, follows suit. There’s plenty of competition for the...

Constance Alexander: Will we witness the end of an error or beginning of the end? It’s time we spoke out

Even though I am the youngest of five children, I am the keeper of family history, including momentous events that predated my birth. For as long as I can remember, I listened to the stories told by my parents and older siblings about life before I was in the picture. As the “baby,” I learned to shut up, stay out of the way, and pay attention, which is how I learned about my family’s life during...

Bill Straub: The Donny Show is a four-star laugh riot, and the funny thing is Republicans can’t count

Abbott and Costello – a grand remedy for the COVID-19 blues, by the way – used to perform a routine developed during their burlesque days in which Lou seeks to convince Bud that 13 x 7 = 28. What resulted over the proceeding five minutes was unstemmed zaniness, wherein Costello violated every conceivable law of mathematics, offering a presentation that certainly would have driven the likes of...

Bill Straub: Listen carefully to Beethoven’s Eroica, Mitch; recall he ripped away dedication to Napoleon

The world this year is justly celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. One of the pieces one is likely to encounter during this festive occasion is one of the master’s greatest works, his groundbreaking Third Symphony, first performed in 1804. Beethoven, it is written, planned to dedicate his E flat major opus to Napoleon Bonaparte, recognizing that the French statesman had seemingly...