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Of course they keep doing it.

Because it keeps working.

And that’s what I just don’t understand.

First, there was the Big Lie, the one from which all others rose. “Trump won the 2020 election. The election was stolen.” No, he didn’t. No, it wasn’t.

We move to Jan. 6. “That was legitimate political discourse.” No, it wasn’t. It was a violent, premeditated armed insurrection by American traitors who tried to overturn the legitimate results of a legitimate election, thereby interfering with the peaceful transfer of power and effectively attempting to overthrow the government of the United States. It was nothing less than that.

Now we have a four-time indicted former president who faces 91 criminal counts even as he strives to return to the White House. And The Cult can’t wait to move him back into the Oval Office. The charges don’t bother them in the least. In fact, the indictments serve only to stoke their rage and inflate Trump’s coffers. While polling data are shaky these days, they indicate that Trump is boat-racing his GOP challengers and that a majority of Republicans would vote for Trump even following criminal convictions.

Who says crime doesn’t pay?

How do Trumpers validate their blind denial?

Because it’s all “politically motivated,” they say.

So the list grows, along with their noses.

“Trump won the election.”

“Jan. 6 was a peaceful protest consistent with legitimate political discourse.”

And now, “It’s all politically motivated.”

There’s never been a better time to buy Teflon stock. Nothing sticks.

I will concede that there is a measure of demented political genius in all of this. Get out front of everything, and falsely accuse your opponents of the very things you are doing.

Evidence not required. Evidence never required.

Trump won the election? Zero evidence.

Jan. 6 was no big deal?  Yeah, don’t believe your own lying eyes.

“Politically motivated” charges? How?

No, these are “rule of law” charges. Objectively examine the indictments. There is more than “probable cause” that serial felonies were committed. There will be trials. That’s the way this works. But no rational person can deny the critical mass of evidence that warranted these indictments. Again, that’s the way this works.

Is all of this politically beneficial to Trump’s enemies? You would think, but to date it seems only to have revved his political engine.

But once again this is how The Cult manipulates its low-information, myopic base. There is a difference between “politically advantageous” charges and “politically motivated” charges.

Once you can convince the True Believers that this is “all politics,” Trump is unchained from any future constraints. Frightening.

The only thing that is politically motivated here is the dishonest attempt to portray the indictments as “politically motivated.”

Oh, and this diabolical game plan works at the state level, too.

See, “Paxton, Kenny Boy.”

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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.