‘A New Sheriff In Town’

“There’s a new sheriff in town,” Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley crowed after Donald Trump’s April 7 Syrian missile attack, when 59 or 60 Tomahawk cruise rockets hit around a relatively uninhabited air field. Six people were killed, according to Syrian sources. (“Where’s that box of badges?”) But what this Yankee lawman doesn’t understand is […]

A Gaffe To Get Spicer Sacked?

On April 11, Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, made what has been termed the most bizarre statement in recent White House press briefing history. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said when asked during his press briefing about Russia’s alliance with the Syrian government. […]

Spicer’s Hitler Comments: A Literary Perspective

There are  few times when an English degree is helpful when it comes to understanding politics, but this –Sean Spicer’s Hitler comments — is one of those times. Brush off that old SAT list of literary devices, because we’re about to get analytical: one foot-in-mouth comment at a time. I’m going to try to figure […]