Watching ‘Rusalka,’ a liberal dystopian opera, in liberal dystopian San Francisco

Trying to avoid the Democratic presidential debates, I went to the San Francisco Opera’s production of “Rusalka” last week. Bad choice — same politics, but more painful to watch.

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Trump: Playing the game ‘wrong’

In the old poker movie, “The Cincinnati Kid,” wily veteran Edward G. Robinson bests the young poker shark Steve McQueen and delivers the final punch line: “Doing the wrong thing at the right time — that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it, kid?”

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The strange greatness of Donald Trump

With the Democrats still trying to throw a Hail-Mueller Pass with time out on the scoreboard and with the economy humming, it’s time to confront the central issue: “Has Donald Trump been an awful, OK, or great president?”

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The mountain of Democratic political campaign mistakes

The Democrats are fielding a huge group of candidates with no real campaign logic or strategy. Lurching from one extreme proposal to the next, each candidate is trying desperately to attract media attention and primary votes from their far-left “base,” but giving up a tremendous amount of middle ground to President Trump in the 2020 general election.

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Blue state tax shock syndrome

Many taxpayers, almost exclusively in blue states, are getting shocked by their tax bills this year and, of course, they’re blaming President Trump and his tax reform. But they are far off the mark.

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Democratic candidates: ‘It’s Trump, stupid!’

James Carville, Bill Clinton’s political director, famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid,” in trying to bring laser focus to a winning message. As the Democrats ramp up for the next presidential election, to them, “It’s Trump, stupid!” The president is their one and only issue.

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Today’s politicians could learn a thing or two from St. Patrick

So, I’m sipping a Guinness and thinking about today’s politics and St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone knows that St. Patrick was the Irish saint who drove the snakes from Ireland. The problem is … none of that is true. It is purely fake news. He wasn’t Irish at all; he was Roman, Patricus. He was never officially canonized by Rome as a saint, although his local fans did elect him to sainthood by acclamation.

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Trump and the art of (political) war

OK, finally, we appear to have real evidence of White House collusion with Russia … and China. It’s hiding in plain sight, in the polls, in the State of the Union message, and in the United States Congress.

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Why not an ‘Organic’ Green New Deal?

The Green New Deal will fail. At the same time, Sen Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has advocated a vegan diet for Americans and, though widely lampooned, that represents a far more practical way to address the climate crisis.

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Who’s painting the country red? Must be Trump

President Trump thinks the Democrats are socialists, or worse, and suddenly it’s a huge irony that states that have gone Democratic are painted blue and those that have gone Republican are painted red. It should be the other way around.

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