Turn your mind to sunny California, home of beaches, films, and forest fires. Think of California with forty million people, most of them Democrats (California’s population is larger than all of Canada’s). Their Democratic governor is tall, handsome Gavin Newsom, a commanding presence right out of central casting. Despite his…

Last Sunday in Kabul, Taliban fighters having entered the Afghan capital took over the Presidential Palace. President Ashraf Ghani took off for parts unknown, presumably Tajikistan, which is about as unknown as you can get. The fighters were there because they had been told it was their duty to return…

The national Republican Party is in a peculiar position. Thanks to Donald Trump the party constantly makes the news. Thanks also to Donald Trump, the party has become a hopeless minority. There is no major population group projected to grow that can be identified as Republican.

It is true that…

Back at it: We seem to be living in a peculiar political time. Many people, who think of themselves as Republican, really do believe that the infamous invasion of the Capitol on January 6th was to some degree justified because the presidential election was stolen. They believe that Donald Trump…

It is May 19th and Liz Cheney has been set free. Last week the Republican caucus in the House led by Kevin McCarthy voted by voice vote to remove her from her third ranked position among House Republicans. That does not mean that she leaves the House. She will still…

Liz Cheney, Wyoming’s only member of the House, is in deep trouble. Cheney, whose father is Richard Cheney, Vice President for all eight years of the administrations of George W. Bush, has appeared to be on an inevitable leadership trajectory among the Republicans in Congress. As Republican royalty her future…

Hank Rishel

Retired political science professor of 40+ years. Educated at Olivet, UofM, MSU, Northwestern, & Harvard. Hoping to make politics a fun & exciting topic for all

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