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Democrats are a loose, diverse, fluid and often casually convenient coalition of political “acquaintances” who come and go all the time.

That’s actually kinda enlightened, intellectually. It’s rational. But partisan politics is seldom rational, and this Dem Pragmatic Promiscuity can be a huge competitive liability in our binary, polarized (and broken) two-party system.

Today’s Republicans are a huddle of blood-spitting true believers. That makes them a real drag at cocktail parties, but throat-clamping Dobermans in the ring.

Advantage GOP.  Again, as our system is constructed.

I give Republicans strategic credit. They have discovered the way to win with 30 percent national support.

And Democrats have perfected the Dismal Art of Losing, pretty much no matter what.

In sports terms, Dems have “athletes.” But they’re “turnover prone.” Republicans know how to play the game, however repugnant and crooked it is. They work the margins, hit to the echo of the whistle, don’t even acknowledge the existence of “boundaries” and bleed the clock.

And right now, Dems are vectored toward getting their clocks cleaned in 2022 and perhaps beyond.

Ineffective. Impotent. Divided. Directionless. Disorganized. Undisciplined.

We wonder how and why we have become so sharply divided? Because our two-party system will have it no other way, particularly given our current social media minefield.

People don’t love their party. People of either party. They simply hate the other one. And when push comes to shove, reflexive hatred will always determine who they choose to shove off the cliff.

The incongruous thing is that a huge number of Americans (38%) self-identify as political “independents.” But they’re really not. Almost all of them “lean” toward one party or the other, and will almost always vote their “leanings,” particularly when stressed or cornered.

And they are cornered. Because they have only two choices. And they hear only two voices, increasingly separated by a kind of political Doppler Effect.

That fading whine you hear is the death throes of The Voice of Reason.

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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.