11/10/22 He says he’s “perfect.” He’s right. He’s a perfect loser.

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We will have a divided government for at least the next two years. That will of course prevent us from confronting all or even any of our alarming national issues in any kind of rational or constructive way, and instead extend our blind, venomous, vindictive and selfish tribalism.

But that is not to say that nothing changed Tuesday. Everything did. The Cult of Personality is over. Trump is over. Write it down. Yes, Paul Alexander, on 11/10/22, declared Donald Trump yesterday’s news. It won’t be immediately apparent. Hurricane Trump will continue to bluster, but the winds thrown off by his wobbly and erratic rotation will quickly recede into dying gusts.

Trump has always been a sore loser. But he also has always been a perfect loser. GOP operatives lack many skills (as well as human souls), but they can do basic math. It is now crystal clear—even to them—that Trump cannot win a general election. The numbers aren’t there, and will continue to decline, now rapidly. It’s not that the GOP will in any way undergo some ethical epiphany. They are incapable of that. But the party’s power brokers will spasm against the one and only thing they fear—certain defeat.

And the joke is also on Kevin McCarthy, who is now in real danger of being cannibalized by his treacherous “friends,” not to mention his own blind ambition.

Tuesday also proved that Election Denial is now politically out of fashion. You can put that clown wardrobe back in the closet forever. The Big Lie has entered death throes.

Even many of the Cultist bullshitters have now reached their bullshit tolerance limits.

And nominating bad candidates is bad political business.

Like Belichick “moving on to Cincinnati,” GOP “elites” are now clearly and undeniably moving on from Trump.

Oh, and he’s about to face multiple indictments on multiple criminal charges that are easy to prove.

Yeah, we are going to have divided government for at least the next two years, and we will be politically paralyzed, unable and unwilling to confront our national disease.

But that’s not to say that nothing changed Tuesday.

Everything did.

Trump often describes himself as “perfect.” He is right in one sense. He is a perfect loser.

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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.