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For the first time in about seven years, I’m hopeful about our country’s future. Because, finally, The Age of American Insanity is at least slowly drawing to a close. The Big Lie is over. The Big Liar, and dozens of lower case liars, have now been exposed. The GOP will now drop those liars like a bad habit, not because they have had some ethical epiphany, but simply because the Liars are now Losers and Liabilities.

This process will not be completed overnight. But it is now inevitable. Crazy is no longer an effective strategy.

Things were not going to get better in America until Crazy became uncool. And Crazy is finally falling out of fashion. Well, except on the Supreme Court.

Herschel Walker was not really a candidate for the United States Senate, right? It was all just a bad dream, right?  Oh, well, “It gaut bettah…”  Congrats to Senator Warnock and to the people of Georgia.

The Trump Organization has been convicted of 17 counts of tax fraud. While Trump did not personally face charges in this case, is there any doubt he was aware of all of these tax crimes and in fact directed them?

I am adamantly opposed to the January 6th Committee’s decision to make criminal referrals to DOJ. It’s unnecessary, and could actually get in the way of the pursuit of justice. Don’t get me wrong. High crimes have been committed, and the Committee has done a masterful job of laying out irrefutable evidence of those crimes. But let Merrick Garland do his job. And don’t give the GOP’s lying toadies a chance to portray these prosecutions as “purely partisan.”

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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.