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I’ll hold off on “sinister” for now.  But it’s certainly suspicious at best.

I’m talking about the motives and timing of the Supreme Court’s decision to take up Trump’s appeal of two lower courts’ rulings that former presidents do not have immunity from prosecution for crimes they may have committed while in office.

First the claim is preposterous on its face. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals made that clear in no uncertain terms in its unanimous decision that required no further elaboration or consideration. Nothing in our Constitution or laws supports the concept of this kind of immunity. I’m not going to waste any time or space here stating the legally and logically obvious.

SCOTUS’s immediate and proper response to Trump’s appeal should have been “pass.” But if the court—for reasons of historical appearances and to exhaust a high-profile defendant’s right to “due process—decided that it needed to put this matter to bed once and for all, it should not have taken two weeks to announce that decision. And now they’re not going to hear the case for another seven weeks?

“Sinister”? Perhaps not, giving the Robed Ones the benefit of the doubt.  But certainly suspicious, and a decision that as a practical matter enhances Trump’s ability to “run out the clock” before the November election, and could deprive voters of the right to make informed decisions as to whether they wish to elect a convicted felon to the nation’s highest office.

A reasonable person could infer that the Court’s machinations in this instance were politically motivated. No one—reasonable or otherwise—can deny their political impact. It’s a bad look that also fails the “smell test,” and it has already further eroded public trust in the Court’s claims to political neutrality and legal objectivity.

This could have been avoided. If the High Court wanted to ensure that it took up Trump’s appeal, it could have done so months ago, when Special Counsel Jack Smith asked SCOTUS to by-pass the 7th Circuit and fast-track a final decision.

My best guess is that SCOTUS will deny Trump’s appeal. His case is just too absurd, even for the Court’s Wing of Absurdity.

But critical time was wasted at a time in which we don’t have time to waste.

That serves neither the law, nor the public interest, nor American democracy.

That is, assuming the justices can at least unanimously agree that preserving American democracy is a good thing.

And that is where this whole thing gets scary.

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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.