*Any statements in this issue of the Watch which are not sourced are mine and identified by “WW”.
64% of registered voters say the country is on the wrong track, that includes 65% of men and 64% of women.
22% of registered voters say the country is headed in the right direction. This includes 23% of men and 21% of women. [YouGov 11/10/20] Continue reading “State of the Nation”
Vice President Walter Mondale called on the 10th of November to remind me, that 56 years ago, on November 9, 1964, I first went to work for him in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. For the next six weeks, before he was appointed to the United States Senate, I was his driver. Continue reading “This and That”
James Arthur Johnson was born in Benson, Minnesota on December 24, 1943.
Jim and I met 57 years ago in the fall of 1963 when we were both attending the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Jim was the president of the student body—an early indicator of his political prowess—and I was a law student and president of the board of publications which published the daily newspaper. Continue reading “James Arthur Johnson”
“Satire is cathartic, cleansing, and essential. It throws a glaring spotlight on social outrages and makes them live on more vividly in collective memory. But it’s rarely transformative. Still, it’s a helluva lot of fun.”
– John Lithgow Continue reading “Quotes”
Joseph “Joe” Robinette Biden, Jr., born November 20, 1942 (age 77), will become the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021. Continue reading “President-Elect Biden”
As of 10/31/20, an NBC/WSJ poll found that 45% of registered voters approved of the job that President Trump was doing while 52% disapprove. Continue reading “President Trump”
36 presidential candidates appeared on at least one ballot in 2020. This is five more than the 31 candidates who appeared on at least one ballot in 2016. Continue reading “The 2020 General Election”
2021 will be the first year since 1946 that there has not been a Kennedy in Congress. [NYT 11/6/20]
When Mondaire Jones is sworn in on January 4, 2021, he will be the first openly gay, Black member of Congress [WW]
Approval of the Congress remains the bleakest it has been in the past year. Continue reading “Congress”
The Miami Marlins named Kim Ng as the first woman in major league baseball to hold the title of general manager. She has worked in baseball for more than 30 years. [NYT 11/13/20] Continue reading “Women Will Get It Done”