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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Jeff Danziger
Danziger ont the littlest bully

Danziger: The Littlest Bully

In Danziger’s vision, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is the kind of small-minded Southern politician who brandishes “state’s rights” as an excuse to bully unpopular minorities — in the latest instance, defenseless trans kids needing to use a bathroom.

February 24, 2017
Danziger on the future of the National Guard

Danziger: Always Ready, Always There!

A draft memo leaked from the Department of Homeland Security, indicating that the government may soon call up National Guard units to detain and deport undocumented immigrants – not exactly what most Guard personnel enlisted to do, as Danziger notes. But if ordered to tear immigrant families apart, at least they can offer the usual excuse.

February 22, 2017
Danziger draws Pence as the wheelman

Danziger: Driving Mister Donnie

In Danziger’s view, poor Vice President Mike Pence has all the dignity of a servant or sidekick — or an abused chauffeur — who enables his loud-mouthed boss to embarrass him everywhere they go. Sad!

February 21, 2017
Danziger pictures Bannon in Trump's chair

Danziger: His Al Haig Moment

It is all too easy to picture Steve Bannon — the extremist advisor to Trump — grasping White House authority in the memorable style of Alexander “I’m in control here” Haig. Which is why Danziger drew him that way.

February 21, 2017
Danziger on sanctuary cities

Danziger: First, They Came For The Immigrants

In Trump’s America, Danziger foresees that moment when the phrasing of Pastor Niemoller will again burn with relevance: First, they came for the immigrants…

February 19, 2017
Danziger on Nixon in Hell

Danziger: Abandon All Hope

There was once a president who attacked the news media, surrounded himself with fascist-minded thugs, and left office facing impeachment. Now dead, he way well reside in hell, as Danziger suggests. But contemplating the current occupant of the Oval Office, Republicans may still recall Richard Nixon with nostalgia.

February 17, 2017
Danziger on Daddy's girl

Danziger: Daddy’s Girl

If you’re a senior staffer in need of presidential approval amid the cut-throat intrigues of the Trump White House, Danziger recommends buying and wearing some of “Ivanka’s stuff.” (It worked for Kellyanne Conway.)

February 16, 2017
Danziger sees parallels to Frankenheimer's paranoid classic

Danziger: Brainwashing Would Explain A Lot

As a cineaste, Danziger can’t help noticing the echoes of John Frankenheimer’s paranoid classic in the Cold War thriller now emanating from the Trump White House. Brainwashing would explain a lot.

February 16, 2017
Danziger on Trumpnado

Danziger: If They Only Had A Heart, A Brain, And A Little Courage

As Republicans cower and run for shelter, Danziger depicts the looming Trumpnado, portent of doom — while the Wicked Witch of the West Wing flies on, ever higher.

February 14, 2017
Danziger on the difference between Putin and Trump

Danziger: He’s “A Strong Leader”

Here’s the difference between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, as Danziger sees it: Trump threatens to arrest and imprison his opponent Hillary Clinton after the election, but doesn’t. Putin actually arrests and is sure to imprison his opponent before the election, as he did last week. Do we think the Russian dictator really respects his American friend? And won’t Trump feel the need to imitate that “strong” leader?

February 12, 2017
Danziger on repealing and replacing Obamacare

Danziger: Blood On The Tracks

Danziger draws a picture for Congressional Republicans: To repeal Obamacare without a real plan to replace the system is worse than a dead end or a wrong turn. It’s a deadfall.

February 11, 2017
Danziger puts Trump on the couch

Danziger: Shrinking The Presidency

If the elected head of state turns out to be a madman, who is to blame? Danziger suggests that the fault is not in our stars, but in our mirrors.

February 9, 2017
Danziger knows who lost

Danziger: Nevertheless, She Persisted

When Mitch McConnell tangled with Elizabeth Warren over the Sessions nomination on the Senate floor, Danziger was watching (and saw the majority leader get smoked).

February 8, 2017
Danziger is there when Betsy DeVos drops in on a classroom

Danziger: She’s Learning On The Job

Newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may not know much about public schools — but Danziger charitably assumes that, like every eager child, she really wants to learn.

February 8, 2017
Danziger on the judicial system under Trump

Danziger: Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Trumped

What will happen, wonders Danziger, if too many so-called judges interfere with the unconstitutional whims of President Trump? He may try to restore the political culture of his Queens boyhood — when landlords rented and even owned the judiciary, just like property.

February 6, 2017
Danziger on Putin and Trump's lethal bromance

Danziger: Keeping Up With The Kremlin

Nosy American journalists ask too many questions about Vladimir Putin, hacking, and bribery — the kind of annoying habit that often ends badly for their Russian colleagues. So Danziger can almost hear the Kremlin boss teasing Trump, who can’t rid himself of troublesome reporters by such traditional methods (yet).

February 5, 2017
Danziger: Is Trump suffering like Jesus?

Danziger: What Would Jesus Tweet?

Listening to Kellyanne Conway whine about her boss “turning the other cheek” as he suffers the “gaping, seeping wounds” inflicted by mainstream media coverage, Danziger had a vision.

February 1, 2017
Danziger: tough weenie Spicer explains who will pay for that wall

Danziger: Gringo Loco

Sean Spicer, the new presidential press secretary, is one tough weenie — so Danziger pictures him in a bar somewhere south of the border, muttering nonsense about making Mexico pay for Trump’s wall.

January 29, 2017
Danziger on Trump and Nazis

Danziger: But We Prefer ‘Alt-Right’

Should the US intelligence community take offense over Trump’s comparison of their practices to Nazi Germany? Danziger wonders.

January 28, 2017
Danziger: Trump in a china shop

Danziger: Leaving Broken Crockery (And Bullsh*t) Behind

The federal government isn’t exactly fragile but — as Danziger observes — a stampeding demagogue can still be expected to break a lot of its institutions. And leave a smelly mess of b.s. wherever he goes.

January 24, 2017
Danziger's tribute to Wayne Barrett

Danziger: Wayne Barrett Doorsteps St. Peter

Danziger reckons the legendary investigative reporter Wayne Barrett, who passed away too soon on January 19, would behave in an entirely predictable way upon reaching the pearly gates.

January 22, 2017
Danziger: The scariest clown comes to town

Danziger: That Scary Clown

Danziger hails the end of Barnum and Bailey Circus and shines the spotlight on a frightful clown — who thinks he is the greatest show on earth.

January 19, 2017
Bernie Sanders on a merry go round to who knows where

Danziger: The Circle Game

Bernie Sanders is coming around again, rallying Americans against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, intervening in the contest for a new DNC chair, and — as Danziger observes — riding that political carousel.

January 18, 2017
Danziger on Trump split with Republicans over health care

Danziger: The Best Medicine

Discord between Trump and Congressional Republicans over how to replace Obamacare threatens to drive the GOP over an ideological cliff — or so Danziger fondly imagines.

January 17, 2017
Danziger sees Christopher Steele in British pub

Danziger: The Trump Pub Quiz

The furor over his controversial dossier linking Donald Trump to the Kremlin led former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to make himself scarce — but Danziger thinks he’ll be received warmly in any British pub.

January 16, 2017