Tag Archives: 2020 election

Eeyore Sums Up the Modern GOP

Eeyore delivers a cutting judgment that applies to how the GOP is enabling Trump in undermining the presidential transition.

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Hope for a Great Sea-Change

The Seamus Heaney poem that Biden quotes in a new ad is itself taken from Heaney’s verse translation of Sophocles’s “Philoctetes.” It’s perfect for the current moment.

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Trump as a Gibbering Ice Giant

For those expecting a coherent debate out of Trump tonight, check out the ice giant Nimrod in Dante’s “Inferno.” We can expect the same incoherence from the president.

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Biden-Trump Invites Dickens Comparisons

If one thinks of the 2020 election in Dickensian terms, several novels come to mind.

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Kamala Harris, a Phenomenal Woman

To understand the power exuded by Kamala Harris, check out these two Maya Angelou poems.

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Pratchett’s Witches to the Rescue

Terry Prachett’s comic fantasy sometimes describes our political reality as well as sophisticated political science.

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Will Odysseus Shape 2020 Election?

Monday I won’t take credit for this but Washington Post’s Molly Roberts recently penned a very Better-Living-with Beowulf type column where she contrasted two Democratic presidential candidates by examining which version of the Odysseus/Ulysses story they prefer. Her piece gives me an excuse to apply other versions of the story to various 2020 contenders. Roberts […]

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Brown’s Populism Comes from Tolstoy

Friday While I don’t yet know whom I will be supporting for the 2020 Democratic nominee for president—I very much like the women who have declared so far—I have a soft spot for Ohio’s Sherrod Brown. Brown, whose working class sympathies helped him comfortably win reelection in a red state, just made his case stronger […]

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