Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Convict and Remove

Posted on January 14, 2021
Ten Republicans voting to Impeach is better than it looks. When you serve a two year term, an election is always around the corner and your base is essential. Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming deserves credit for voting to Impeach. Her state went for Trump by over 40 points and she is No. 3 in the Republican Leadership. Her vote took guts.

Nancy Pelosi responded to and unified the Democratic Caucus around a lean and mean one count charge that can be proved out of Trump’s mouth…the speech he gave to the mob before they descended on the Capitol killing a Capitol Policeman and four others.

Mitch McConnell has let it be known that he’s done with Trump. He has announced that he will not call the Senate back into emergency session and that he will follow the evidence to determine his vote. McConnell’s wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigned from the Cabinet, the day after the invasion, assault and murdering at the Capitol. McConnell is a master survivor. Trump is a negative in his life. He will act accordingly.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) has a role to play in the next week. She has reported seeing individuals receiving “tours” of the Capitol on January 5, the day before the assault and murder binge on the Capitol. She has reported her observations through channels. The clear implication is that Trump-Friendly Members of Congress were using their “privileges” to give rioters a detailed preview of the very complex physical layout of the Capitol. Rep. Sherrill is not to be trifled with…Lawyer, Military Helicopter Pilot. She will insist that any Member of Congress aiding riot participants on the day before the riot be expelled from the Congress. Continue Reading……

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Lost for Words

Posted on January 10, 2021

When I’m lost for words, I try and consult the wisdom of the Ages: The Bible, Our Founding Fathers, Philosophers, Yogi Berra. Let’s do Yogi first. “Hey Yogi, what time is it?” Yogi: “You mean right now?”

There, I feel better. At least for 30 seconds.

I have to tell you a story. I’m in New York City a lot. When I go out to get stuff, I can go one way and probably encounter two or three homeless people asking for money. I can go another way and not encounter any. On a cold rainy night about two weeks ago, I went out to get some stuff and my path intersected with a black man, about 70, distinguished looking, but tattered clothing. As our paths crossed, he said “nasty night.” I stopped to chat for a minute. As I started to leave, he looked at me and said “thank you for talking to me.”

That took my breath away. I’ve thought about that interaction every day. It reminded me of a magnificent piece of wisdom from an ancient source, Philo of Alexandria, a Jewish Philosopher, 25 BC, “be kind to everyone you meet, they are fighting a mighty battle.” Isn’t that the truth? Aren’t we all “fighting a mighty battle.” Sometimes it’s up close and personal and other times it’s a little further off. Life is an anxiety producing activity. As an Irish friend reminds me, “nobody gets out alive.”

I like to philosophize a bit from time to time, somewhat of an acquired taste. (Interestingly, I had zero interest in the subject when Jesuit priests, at the three Jesuit Colleges I attended were trying, unsuccessfully, to force feed me Aristotle, Descartes, Aquinas at my father’s expense). Oh well, nobody’s perfect.

Like one of the reasons I started this website was because I was fascinated with the subject of how the Conventional Wisdom becomes the Conventional Wisdom in American Political Life. I’ve solved that problem…those who refuse to be defeated, win. Those staring off into space drooling on themselves lose. Pick the group you’re comfortable with. It’s your destiny. Continue Reading…….

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Nancy Pelosi – Person of the Year

Posted on December 29, 2020


Nancy Pelosi is not wracked by doubt. She knows who she is…Italian, Catholic, Democrat…and exactly where she’s going…forward, to help her own and those less fortunate. That’s what God wants and what Democrats do. Simple.

She caught a huge break in the DNA Lottery being born into the family of Annunciata and Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. in Baltimore, Maryland. Nancy was the youngest of six and her father “Tommy” was The Man in Baltimore…Mayor, Congressman, and, actually, a confidant of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Not bad.


D’Alesandro Family Picture Via Wednesdays Wars

Nancy has always had the lights on. I love the family picture. Nancy is bright eyed and curious. Life is grand. Pay attention and do the right thing. Nancy knew exactly who she was. She didn’t have to go to a seminar with Ram Dass (who spent most of his life thinking he was Richard Alpert) to find out.

Nancy’s mother wanted her to be a nun and her father wanted her to live at home if she pursued education past K-12 in Baltimore. Nancy needed to spread her wings a bit so she went to Trinity, a Catholic College in Washington. After all, in Washington, people were doing things and had power and she might meet some. Continue Reading……….

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: License to Kill

Posted on December 1, 2020

With fifty days left under the protective umbrella of the TRUMP-ADELSON ADMINISTRATION, Israel executed Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, 62, an Iranian scientist who had committed the offense of knowing almost as much about nuclear energy as several dozen of Israel’s Nuclear Scientists. The house trained pets posing as American Liberal Cable TV hosts took it all in stride.

Just as well. The sequence and actions are incomprehensible, if your employment is conditioned on not acknowledging the existence of the most powerful private citizen in the USA and Israel, Sheldon Adelson. Adelson has counseled nuking Iran in their desert “and telling them the next one is in downtown Theran.” (If anybody knows Rachel Maddow, send her that clip. If she hears about it she’ll give that Adelson character a piece of her mind AND go to Iran. That’s what courageous liberals do.)

Remember Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman. It’s not supposed to be easy to be a liberal.

From Israel’s unique vantage point, the timing for the killing was elegant. Iran is choking on sanctions imposed by the ghoulish undertaker posing as our Secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin. Under “The Undertakers” guidance the USA has locked up Iran’s financial system in sanctions that make it close to impossible for Iran to obtain medicine to combat the Covid pandemic that has ravaged Iran. So much the better from Israel’s point of view. For decades, the Israelis have specialized in kicking folks when they’re down or when they have a “bought and paid for” American Administration who will fight for them while they hold our coats. Continue Reading……

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Joe Biden – Caretaker

Posted on November 18, 2020

Joe Biden, slightly befuddled, usually successful at remembering which woman is his wife and which is his sister, often capable of detaching his facemask from his left ear, is going to take care of us for a while. Our Joe.

And, by the way, we should thank our lucky stars for that. Seriously. I mean consider the alternative. We dodged a bullet. Big time. Not just because the other guy is such a self-centered jerk, but because “taking care” is what comes natural for Joe. He’s been doing it his whole life. And, being cared for, is exactly what our country and our world need right now.

We don’t need a knight in shining armor. We need care and healing, literally and figuratively. We need someone we can trust.

“Caretaker” is not exactly what most politicians, on the make, aspire to be. You know the type. Hard chargers, who point with pride and view with alarm. They dominate debates with cut and thrust. They aspire to be transcendent actors on the world stage and practice their slow walk strut before full length mirrors. That’s not Joe at all. The other guy, no briefing books please, he’s practicing his strut and fist pump.

Joe is no silver-tongued snake oil salesman. He’s more like your favorite uncle who always seems happy to see you. His most memorable line in umpteen Democratic debates was “I see I’m out of time” which he used three times. Whatever he said before he became “out of time” was, and is, entirely forgettable.

Yet, another reason to thank our lucky stars. Continue Reading……

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: War and Dick Lebeau

Posted on October 20, 2020
Trump needs a war. And, Joe Biden needs Dick LeBeau.

Let’s go to War first. Sheldon Adelson would prefer it that way. He’s 87 years old and Trump is his last best chance to destroy Iran.

I’ve played the clip of Sheldon at Yeshiva University twice. Take another look. According to Adelson, the way to “negotiate” with Iran is devoid of niceties, “you drop an Atomic Bomb in their desert and you tell them the next one is in downtown Tehran.”

You should have seen that clip many times on the so-called “progressive channel”, MSNBC. Progressives are for peace, right? I mean if they’re not that would mean the Right is correct in saying “they’re hypocrites.”

Back to Adelson. Sheldon plays a number of roles. He is the single most powerful private citizen in both Israel and the USA. He was Trump’s largest financial contributor in 2016 and the largest contributor to the Trump Inaugural Committee. He gave $75 Mil to Trump last week, and coincidentally, Trump has asked for the next debate to be limited to Foreign Policy. In other words, Iran.

Are you telling me that Sheldon Adelson did not have a conversation with Mr. Donald Trump before releasing that $75 MIL? Take it from me, they had a few. And, they talked about Iran. And, Sheldon wants what he’s always wanted. The sole remaining questions are how much of a beating will satisfy the blood lust of the Right Wing of the Israel Lobby and how much of a beating will Trump agree to administer. Continue Reading……..

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: A War if Trump Wants One

Posted on September 24, 2020

Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson have a war all teed up for President Trump if he thinks he needs a war to win re-election. Timing is elegant. Iran is available. Use the Debate Sept 29 to take command of the stage. Remind us of your love for Israel. Commence hostilities first or second week of October.

Bye Bye Biden. Everybody knows a President gets a bump in the polls when our troops are at risk. Whether its a legitimate use of force, well now you’re being technical. Our President has an election to win. Nobody likes Iran anyway so its a win, win, win. Do you think Adelson came in $35 Mil strong in the last week of 2016, and gave five times more than the next largest giver to the Trump Inaugural Committee because he’s a flower child and, like Rodney King, just wants us “all to get along.” C’mon, man, you don’t go into the Casino business because you want to give someone a fair shot.

Netanyahu has experience sending the USA to war. Here he is, as a private Israeli citizen, between his first and second term as Israeli Prime Minister lecturing a compliant committee of our Congress on the duty of the United States to go to war with Iraq because in Netanyahu’s words “there was absolutely no doubt” that Saddam had weapons that, as it turned out, he didn’t have. Continue Reading……

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Trump’s Convention and the War Solution

Donald Trump lives in Washington, DC., but it’s not his town. His Party will meet there this week, but the town belongs to Muriel Bowser, the Mayor of the District of Columbia. She left her calling card on Black Lives Matter Plaza right on Trump’s Front Door. Take a look. This is what Trump sees as he gets up every morning in time to watch FOX and Friends.

The Mayor is tough. She outfoxed Trump, and boxed him in. If their confrontation ever got physical I have her as a prohibitive favorite.

The Trump Convention will be a celebration of Trump Is Tough. We’ll see clips of the Trump Strut, the slow walk, waving the clenched fist. Meeting with other so-called tough guys like Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman. What a sick joke. President Bone Spurs meets with Prince Bone Saws.

When you see Trump’s slow walk strut, think of a real tough guy, a Mench, Robert Mueller. When Mueller got out of college, he went down to the Marine Corps Recruiting Office and was turned down because of bad knees. Nine out of ten would have breathed a sigh of relief. No Viet Nam. Bob Mueller rehabbed, went down to see the Marines a year later and made it in on the second try. Viet Nam. Highly decorated, absolutely. Followed by 12 years as FBI Director, appointed by Bush extended by Obama, confirmed unanimously by the US Senate, twice.

When asked what he was most proud of in his illustrious career Bob Mueller replied “the Marine Corps deemed me worthy to lead other Marines.” Now there’s a guy who could wear a Make America Great Again Hat legitimately. Not like the other stiff.

So, as you watch the Republican Convention, every time you see Trump, think Mueller. Trump is what can happen to a country, a society, a people if they don’t pay attention in the fullest sense of the word “attention”. Attention is what Benjamin Franklin was talking about when he responded to a question about what the Constitutional Convention had produced. His answer, for the ages, “A Republic if you can keep it.”

It’s on everybody. We didn’t keep it. But we can get it back. Our wonderful Republic. What else have you got to do that’s more important?

MISTER BIG AND TRUMP’S WAR “SOLUTION”

Mr. Big, may not be at the Convention. He’s 87 years old and, with the threat of Covid, he may not want to risk travel. He can afford the trip. He’s got $35 Billion in his wallet and access to 18 planes that he and his company own. He is the single most powerful private citizen in the US and Israel but he can’t get his name in the paper or mentioned on TV in the USA. People who are reasonably informed on public affairs have never heard of him. Continue Reading…….







Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Just Win baby

Posted on July 27, 2020

Football fans will recognize the title from Al Davis, longtime owner of the Oakland Raiders. Joe Biden should have that phrase painted in bold letters on the ceiling in his bedroom so its the first thing he sees when he wakes up in the morning…which damm well better be before Six AM.

You got work to do, Joe. Politics ain’t beanbag. The other side is coming for you. You’ve said you’re a fighter. Show us.

Here’s the 2016 Map. It’s Hillary’s loser’s map but, I’m sure you can see a win hidden inside. You should know you won twice with Obama.

2016 ELECTORAL MAP

Joe, you hold what Hillary won and you need to pick up 38 Electoral Votes to win the Election. Are you telling me you can’t win PA? You grew up in Scranton, you got Ed Rendell, two term Governor helping you and you can drive to PA from Wilmington in 15 minutes. I booked it for you. Don’t worry about it. PA has 20, now you need 18.

Next door is Ohio, 18 electoral votes. Isn’t that special. You and Obama won it twice. Hillary lost it by 8 points. That’s ridiculous, absurd and insane. There may have been a worse candidate than Hillary, but I doubt it. Let’s look elsewhere for our 270 Plus No Matter What Block.

Michigan should always be Democrat. You and Obama won it twice. Hillary lost it by less than half a point. I know you’ll go and fight for it. You’re their kind of guy and you got a great Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, and former Governor, Jennifer Granholm, pushing you over the top. They have 16 electoral votes leaving you two short in your 270 Plus No Matter What Block.

Let’s go South. You and Obama carried Florida twice. Hilary lost it by a little more than 1%. You gotta have it. It’s 29 electoral votes. Its non negotiable… “Just win Florida, Baby.” You should. I have it on good authority that a big block that traditionally goes Republican in Florida, Cuban Americans, have had a bellyful with the other guy. You have to have a running mate that helps in Florida. I’m writing it down. Biden wins Florida. Its in your 270 Plus No Matter What Block. You’re over the top, by 27 electoral votes. Continue Reading…….







Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Consider the Possibilities

Posted on July 13, 2020
I’m trying to figure out what’s likely to happen in our politics given the pandemic, Trump vs Biden, and African Americans demanding their rightful place in all aspects of American life. The best strategy I can think of, in order to make an informed guess about the future, is to eliminate things that clearly are not going to happen and see what we’re left with.

The main event may be Biden-Trump, but the undercard, Nancy Pelosi versus Tucker Carlson, has probative and entertainment value. Carlson and Pelosi haven’t locked horns directly. They would have no reason to. Not yet. But, I have a feeling there will come a time.

Nancy represents the Democratic Party at its best and Tucker represents what Republicans have become. For Nancy, the Democratic Party is a vehicle to help achieve better lives for the the poor, minorities, the working class with an emphasis on peaceful co-existence abroad as opposed to “preemptive” military adventurism and “regime change” stupidity.

Meanwhile, Tucker, is the perfect spokesman for what the Republican Party has become: a vehicle to search for liberal hypocrisy and subject it to merciless ridicule. That’s the whole package. Nobody on the Right talks about “how good Trump is.” How could they? It’s all about how bad Obama was(?!), ridiculing Joe’s obvious challenges (Sean Hannity‘s speciality) and looking for some Democrat somewhere to say something stupid that can then be attributed it to all Democrats and used as “evidence” that democrats “hate America.” That’s Tucker’s area. Judging by the ratings he gets he does it well. And, judging by the ratings MSNBC and CNN don’t get, they’re losing the media battle and keeping Trump in the race….barely.

So, given the above, here’s what looks possible and probable:

FIRST. Trump will not win a convincing indisputable re-election. It’s not out of the question that he could win a squeaker(decided by one or two states) but there is no chance that he will win big. He has never been above 49% in his job approval rating and he’s at 38% (Gallup) now. If the pandemic lessened significantly and the stock market was strong he could win a close one but he remains a significant underdog. The only things that give Trump any chance at all are the shortcomings of the Biden campaign underscored every weekday night by Carlson and Hannity, on FOX with lame and ineffective counter by MSNBC and CNN. Where is Keith Oberman when we need him?

SECOND. It’s entirely possible that Biden will win big and convincingly and more likely that he will have a solid win or even a squeaker. Biden has three possibilities: a big win; a smaller but solid win; a squeaker. Trump has one winning possibility, a squeaker. Trump’s base is not getting bigger and the Despise Trump Base is getting bigger. Continue Reading……