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The present-day version of the GOP is not only science averse, it is also severely math challenged.  Hell, that takes both the “S” and the “M” out of STEM, doesn’t it?

Let’s see. They don’t believe in vaccines. They don’t believe in masks. Many of them think the virus itself is bogus, even as the U.S. COVID-19 death toll stretches toward 700,000. They don’t believe in man-made climate change. Many have not taken a firm stance on gravity.

And apparently, they don’t believe in basic arithmetic, either.

Trump can’t win, at least he can’t win legitimately. That’s why The Cult is already screeching that the 2022 and 2024 elections are hopelessly rigged. That’s why GOP dominated state legislatures are racing each other to see who can pass the most draconian voter restriction and turnout-depressing laws. That’s why they’re openly creating provisions that would allow purely partisan hacks to simply overturn any election results they don’t like.

And gerrymandering? You’re about to see some freaky shapes that would scare you away from a Rorschach test.

Because they can’t win legitimately. And they know it.  How do we know it?  Well, for one thing, we just saw it. They just lost legitimately and convincingly in 2020. And lo these many months later, The Big Lie not only persists, it’s metastasizing.

He’s a former one-term president that lost the popular vote by a wide margin in two elections. He was twice impeached, and in each case the evidence for conviction was overwhelming. He straight up tried to overthrow the government of the United States. He could face criminal charges on multiple fronts.

He can’t win. But still his lackies are falling all over themselves to sell out both their souls and their once-proud party.

It’s math.  Any number multiplied by zero, is zero.

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Paul's Bio

I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.