Once upon a time in a twinkling city on a hill, little boys and girls were taught that anyone could grow up to become president.
Some in the media were quick to dismiss Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's speech attacking Donald Trump as the opportunistic rant of a 1 percenter.
That is, as a presidential candidate whose poll rating hovers around 1 percent. The consensus was that Jindal was trying to hook his wagon to Trump's jet by calling him out, not to mention calling him a narcissistic, know-nothing, shallow, egomaniacal carnival act.
Whew. My memory's not so good these days, but did I write that speech?
WASHINGTON -- The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception?
It is perhaps time to stop wondering what The Donald's got that the others ain't got.
Not to diminish the importance of the first Republican debate, but it felt like the first in a political survivor series.
WASHINGTON -- No doubt you have butterflies just thinking about Thursday's first GOP debate.
I know I do.
Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare -- as opposed to "attacking the seniors," as one woman at a recent event bellowed out -- will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.
WASHINGTON -- "So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Meet the Press'?"
"Did you tweet that you were going on 'Hardball'?"
By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena in Charleston where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.
Unspeakable, unimaginable, incomprehensible and unthinkable are the words we've heard and used to describe the horrific murders of nine African-Americans as they prayed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, shot by a hate-filled racist on a genocidal purge.