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The Honorable Ted Cruz has his standards and principles

Jeffrey Denny

The “Cancun Cruz” scandal continues to unfold following U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s tropical resort Covidcation while his Texas constituents froze in the dark stuck at home during a deadly pandemic.

A secret recording of his staff meeting just prior to his trip has emerged where aides anticipated the overwhelming backlash and tried to convince the senator to reschedule.

But Cruz was determined to go and let the staff handle damage control.

“I don’t give a bucket of dead possums what the fake news says,” Cruz is heard snapping at his communications director. …


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The pandemic tests who we are

Jeffrey Denny

The famed Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach’s eponymous personality test did not, as medical history has it, begin with an inkblot.

In fact, Rorschach was dining out in Schaffhausen enjoying a fondue when a molten blob of gruyere fell off his forked bread cube and onto his lap.

Rorschach was alarmed. Not just because the hot cheese pained his schwanzstucker like the dickens. He thought the cheese blob looked just like his mother.

“Do not be alarmed,” his fellow diner, also a Swiss psychoanalyst, assured. “Sometimes a cheese blob is just a cheese blob.”

Unassured, Rorschach deduced the cheese…


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Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Livemint.com

(You can’t)

Jeffrey Denny

On February 13, 2021, the U.S. Senate voted to acquit former President Hillary Clinton in her second impeachment trial for her role in inciting a violent mob of Antifa, Black Lives Matter, feminists, LGBTQ+, mainstream media enemies of the people, Rachel Maddow fans, The Squad’s squad, liberal elites and other anti-American Socialists to storm the U.S. Capitol.

Following the vote, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor*:

“January 6th was a disgrace.

“Former President Hillary Clinton’s actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty.

“There is no question that President…


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Reflective letter T with inferno flame/Westonsigns.com

Should Trump voters be held accountable?

Jeffrey Denny

74 million Americans did not invade the Capitol. Several hundred rioters did. And 74 million Americans did not engineer the campaign of disinformation and rage that provoked it. One person did.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement condemning former President Donald Trump after his acquittal was a powerful indictment.

Yes, it defied logic, but here we are — Trump is overwhelmingly guilty as charged, but free to be reelected and commit future high crimes and misdemeanors, the kind of recidivism the liberals are accused of indulging.

If only McConnell had made his case before the vote about Trump’s…


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Fox, “Let’s Be Real,” via New York Post

Or both? Diabolical!

Jeffrey Denny

A Trump lover commenting on my Facebook feed was outraged by a sweet, apolitical story about President Biden’s dogs Champ and Major.

She barked, “This is how you distract people from the fact Joe Biden is a puppet president with no agenda & prefers to be a dictator.”

To confess, I love reading Trumper comments for the complex pleasure of being delighted by irritation. Especially when the powerfully expressed opinions are misspelled, ungrammatical, illogical and simply re-bleat Trump media propaganda while calling people who disagree stupid sheep.

Yes, I’m ashamed to be a Facebook rubbernecker who can’t seem…


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A handy test to choose between Trump or America

Jeffrey Denny

Respectable mainstream Republicans are on the horns of an historic dilemma.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s slither to Mar-a-Lago to bend over backwards, kiss the ring and lick the boots of Donald Trump was not just an astonishing moral contortion rivaling the formidable yoga pose Kala Bhairavasana, “Destroyer of the Universe.”

Nor was McCarthy’s genuflecting to Trump merely a miracle of shameless Faustian bargaining after Trump incited his domestic terrorist insurrection mobs to attack our Capitol and threaten lawmakers, including McCarthy’s own Republican caucus.

Most of all, when McCarthy sold his soul for unity with Trump to take…


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“I wish Biden no success,” Newsmax host Greg Kelly, January 20, 2021

We were warned

Jeffrey Denny

Even before his first week in office ended, “President” Joe Biden already proved to be our worst president in history:

1.Unlike his predecessor, the greatest president ever, Biden hasn’t insulted anyone or attacked people who question his brilliance. He’s utterly failed to declare and then double down on hilariously obvious lies virtually every day.

Worse, Biden is behaving like a real president who honors his office, the Constitution, and the privilege to serve our country. He’s clearly authentic, honest and decent, someone our kids can look up to. LOL! …


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Instead of a CDC bum. Which is what I am.

Jeffrey Denny

Before Obamacare, my health insurer tried to cancel me for two important reasons:

First, I took a preventative $5/month statin for borderline cholesterol to avoid $100,000 heart surgery.

Worst, I checked “yes” on the form where it asked if I’ve ever smoked.

How stupidly literal of me. I’ve never smoked cigarettes, only the occasional cigar. But my innocent over-honesty hammered the final nail in my coffin.

Fortunately, my doctor wrote a letter to my insurer and resolved the matters. And — lesson learned — I pledged never to be honest again.

The Covid vaccine prioritization has made me…


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Outgoing Trump Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao with spouse, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, at the Joe Biden presidential inaugural. McConnell later praised President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as “Son and Daughter of the Senate.” Photo from Newsweek, Drew Angery/Getty

Can our lawmakers heal instead of pandering to to hate?

Jeffrey Denny

Seeing the U.S. Capitol during Joe Biden’s inauguration, cleaned up and safeguarded after the Trump insurrection mob attack and destruction, took me back to the Congress I was privileged to witness first-hand too long ago.

As a cockeyed Midwestern optimist, I hope the lesson from both the insurrection and inauguration is that Biden-style bipartisan cooperation can trump Pyrrhic political combat.

Looking back to my personal experience with Congress, I believe the Biden healing is possible. Here’s why:

My first encounter with Congress was when I arrived in DC in the mid-1980s to be the “Washington correspondent” for an…


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Maryland GOP Rep. Andy Harris objecting to president-elect Joe Biden’s certification, Baltimore Sun/House Television via AP

For those seeking absolution whether real or expedient

Jeffrey Denny

Major American corporations have pledged to stop making campaign contributions to the 147 GOP members of Congress who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.

To reopen the spigots, Sedition Caucus members might consider apologizing for aiding and abetting the Trump insurrection, destruction, deaths and historic desecration of our Capitol, Constitution and democracy.

As a speechwriter by trade and heroically selfless person by nature, I want to help.

So let me offer a draft floor statement for Congressional Hall of Shame members who may wish appear remorseful, aka, they’re worried about losing PAC money:

Madam Speaker, my…

Jeffrey Denny

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