Category Archives: Bolt (Robert)

Is John Kelly a Man for All Seasons?

Trump’s derogatory comments about the military would have been overheard by Gen. Kelly, who has been silent. “Man for All Seasons” helps us understand the meaning of such silence.

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GOP Oath Breakers Inhabit Twilight World

Only Romney honored his Senate oath in Trump’s trial, inviting comparisons with Thomas More & John Proctor. The other senator? Tolkien’s Dead Men of Dunharrow.

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Support Trump or Your Head on a Pike

To avoid having their heads hoisted on pikes, once moderate Republicans voted to acquit Trump. The pike reference comes from Shakespeare.

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GOP’s Best Case: We’re All Mad

Two literary allusions by a Trump defender in yesterday’s impeachment hearings don’t bode well for the president.

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