By Roz Rogoff
About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and... (More)
About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and saved my barbs for my Commentary page. I had some political differences with the City Council at that time and particularly with the majority dubbed "The Gang of Three," by the San Ramon Valley Times. In 2003 new Council members were elected and the Council was more balanced and fiscally conservative, but I continued to write the Observer until 2009. At that point I decided I wanted to concentrate on my commentaries. So I requested a meeting with the editor and publisher of the Danville Weekly about taking over the San Ramon Observer. My timing was very apropos since the parent company, Embarcadero Media, was planning to release an online San Ramon Express that April. I was offered a "blog" under the name "San Ramon Observer" for my commentaries. I like to inform residents about what is happening in San Ramon, especially on city government and local politics. When I don't have anything to write about on those topics, I just write about anything I am doing or thinking about. (Hide)
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The New Odd Couple
Uploaded: Jul 19, 2016
There's a new Odd Couple on TV. No, I don't mean the new sitcom with Mathew Perry as Oscar and Thomas Lennon as Felix. I mean the Political sitcom with Donald Trump as Oscar and Mike Pence as Felix.
They say opposites attract, but what do they attract? Incompatibility, artificial situations, bad jokes, all of the above. This paring couldn't be funnier if Neil Simon wrote it himself, but not when it’s not a sitcom but a reality show. While this is fine for a TV situation comedy, it isn't the right mix for a Presidential campaign. We really should take these seriously.
Mike Pence was in Congress for many years and even though he's very conservative, he was well-liked and respected by his colleagues on either side of the isle. Pence is now the conservative Governor of Indiana, which had been hit hard by unemployment. Gov. Pence brought back jobs and believes that Donald Trump will fix the economy and the Country, but Trump's promises are not based on realistic plans.
Donald Trump is a megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur. Like the good con-man he is, he is very convincing when he talks about "Making America Great Again," but he doesn't explain how to do this in any detail. There's no there, there in Trump Land.
I studied acting many years ago. A good actor takes on the characteristics and personality of the character he is playing. Trump is a showman, and as one he is playing a role. That role is always Trump, 50, 100, and 200 shades of Trump.
I caught the end of a joint interview with the running mates
on 60 Minutes. Pence believes everything Trump is saying. I believe that because Pence is such a sincere person he cannot comprehend how disingenuous Donald Trump is. Pence said of Donald Trump, "This good man would be a great President of the United States." Heaven help us, Noooooo!
What is it worth to you?
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