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Not feeling that great about yourself these days?  Look at it this way. At least you’re not Kellyanne Conway.

Already, Trump is dangling pardons. Disgusting. And he’s still going after Pence? Why?

I’m looking forward to Tuesday. Raffensperger’s testimony will be devastating.

BB and I have been watching all of the 50th anniversary Watergate documentaries. We’ve both been knocked over by the parallels between what was going on then and what is going on now. Once you correct for different personality quirks, Nixon and Trump were the same dudes. (Also except for the fact that Nixon, for all of his psychosis, had at least 50 IQ points on Trump.)

Paranoia. Dirty tricks. Party over country. Pathological lying. Enemies lists. Attempts to rig elections. Attempted coups, really, in both cases. “Plumbers.”

But here’s my frightening takeaway. Our citizenry was way smarter—and way more rational and way better informed—then than it is now. Sure, Nixon had his blind supporters. But once the White House audiotapes were released, that was pretty much a wrap for the Nixon presidency. The evidence was simply overwhelming, irrefutable and undeniable. You heard what you heard. Tricky Dick had to go. And responsible and patriotic Republicans showed him the door. Get in that ‘copter and get your treasonous ass outta here.

Flash forward. If anything, the evidence against Trump now is even more conclusive than it was against Nixon a half century ago. You want inculpating tapes? You want documentation? For Pete’s sake, they’ve all admitted it!

But unlike Watergate, there is no nationwide realization. And there’s not going to be.

The Cult will continue to insist that we didn’t see what we saw, that we didn’t hear what we heard and that we didn’t read the documents we read. And that none of that really happened anyway. And if something did happen it was no big deal. Hoax. Fake news. Witch hunt. Meedja Bias.

The evidence now is even more overwhelming than it was then.

But our citizenry is not as forthright now as it was then. They got rid of Nixon. Now we have half the people in our country wanting to re-up with Trump.


In Watergate, ultimately Lady Liberty was still carrying her luminous torch.

Now she’s hoisting a gaslight.

One more note from these documentaries. Just as Cronkite really ended it for LBJ in Vietnam, it was also Uncle Walter who brought down Nixon, even more than Woodward and Bernstein.

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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.