If At First…

by Mack Williams

I. Try, Try Again

When the Republicans put out their version of Trumpcare, the Congressional Budget Office scored it as ultimately eliminating 23 million people from health care coverage. So then Senate Republicans took a stab at it, and the CBO scored it as only eliminating 22 million from the rolls.

If only they would try it 21 more times…by then they might come up with something as effective as Obamacare.

II. Do You

It happens frequently in sports; when one team wins a championship, others – admiring what they have done – try to assemble a similar team to compete against the newly-minted champions. That said, I was getting just about sick of ex-FOX news hosts getting spots on MSNBC. I mean, that’s where I want to be able to go for the unfiltered truth, and now these guys are bringing in people from the virtual media department of the Republican Party?

As it turns out, sports franchises often find that while imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, it doesn’t mean that a championship is immediately forthcoming. Thankfully the NBC networks are finding – or should be finding – that bringing on FOX people with high ratings there doesn’t necessarily translate into the same thing happening. Just do you…and bump up Joy Reid’s hours.

III. Oaktown

There is some discussion and disagreement about whether the Golden State Warriors should accept an invitation to the White House should one be extended. I’m not so sure one would be extended, in light of some of the comments team members previously made,

such as Steph Curry’s agreement with the description of President Trump as an asset to the country…”if you remove the ‘et’.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver thinks not going would be a lost opportunity to get important points across, which would make sense were we talking about most other people. If Trump wouldn’t listen to Barack Obama, what would lead you to believe that he would listen to a bunch of basketball players?

But should they decide to go, here are a few suggestions that would really make his day:

One third of the people wear a Barack Obama shirt. Another third wear a picture of Obama’s victorious 2008 electoral college map.

And the final third wear Hillary shirts.

IV. All Rise

If you’re not following Aaron Judge now, you can begin to catch up with Monday’s Home Run Derby and Tuesday’s All-Star Game. This guy reminds me of the young Strawberry…you aren’t going for a snack or the bathroom when he’s coming up…but he hits it even further.

V. Big Ballers

After seeing the Ball guys on WWE Raw…and of course seeing too much of Donald Trump raw…I realized that LaVar Ball and Donald Trump are somewhat alike. They are performers, they know how to draw the cameras, and will say whatever they feel they have to – wise or unwise – to attract attention. I am certain that they both subscribe to the theory that there is little difference between good and bad publicity, but what is really bad is no publicity.

The sole fact that someone can be somewhat entertaining doesn’t mean that you should entrust them with positions of importance. You may go out and buy Big Baller Brand merchandise, but that doesn’t mean you would vote him into any office. Keep that in mind in 2020.

VI. Obama Vacations

First of all, after being President of the United States for eight years, you deserve a vacation. But it’s funny how some of the people complaining that Obama has taken awesome vacations on his own dime – as if he’s supposed to go back to being a broke community organizer – haven’t complained at all about how President Trump goes golfing virtually every weekend and enriches himself by traveling (with his humongous entourage in tow) to his own properties, where he gets a cut out of every dollar spent there.

VII. “Voter Fraud”

If you haven’t already figured it out, this latest WH hysteria about “voter fraud” in the 2016 election is due to Trump’s absolute hatred of the fact that he lost the popular vote to HRC by the unprecedented – or in Trump-speak, “unpresidented” – total of close to 3,000,000 votes. His horrible sexist behavior shows that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was right when she said that he couldn’t stand losing to a girl. And of course he also can’t stand the fact that his electoral college total pales in comparison to those of Barack Obama.

I wish some Republican would stand tall and explain why they are so hellbent on voter suppression, trying  to keep people, usually those of color, from voting – which is the real voter fraud. GOP, if your ideas were so strong, you wouldn’t be so afraid at the prospect of them being judged at the ballot box.

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