The Oy! Yo! awards have been on hiatus. Why? Not sure. But due to demand (don’t ask whose), they are now back!


First published in November 2019.


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Oy! to the Democratic presidential field for being, well, a huge meadow! Some are beginning to think the race for the nomination will drag to the convention (though, that always is the fear story when this happens on either side). But there are reasons this field needn’t be as large as it is, and is still growing. First, the vast majority of announced candidates have no chance of winning the nomination or the election. Get out! Your party’s goal is to beat Trump. How does your staying in help that? What keeps them in? Ego, ambition, selfishness, delusions of grandeur. For example, if Sanders alone would endorse Warren, or vice versa, one of them would be significantly ahead, not that I’m saying that’s a good thing but it could help to winnow the field.

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Oy! former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a man who is extremely wealthy and has put his wealth to good use for many years. Don’t run! We have enough 70-year-old white men running. Suggestion: spend the money you would have spent on your campaign on doing more good than you actually can do as President – water for Detroit, for one thing, a columnist recently suggested.

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Yo! and it’s a huge Yo! to the career bureaucracy in the federal government. Man after woman they are coming forward to testify, in public and under oath, about wrongdoing they witnessed, putting their careers and life’s work at risk. Why? To do the right thing. Sure there are exceptions to the rule (as there are to political appointees) but career employees are what keeps our country moving – no matter the party in charge. They are not the “deep state” that conspiracy theorists theorize. They are men and women dedicated to the Constitution and serving the country. Thank you for your service.

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Oy! to President Trump for oh so many reasons, but he earns this Oy! for attacking everyone who speaks against him – even those in his government! Great for morale, Mr. Trump, but you only succeed in making the bureaucrats you so despise look better for speaking truth publicly to you, unlike so many of your political appointees who hide behind anonymity to do the same.

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While we’re talking about sycophants, another big Oy! to the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, for so many reasons but most recently for stating the obvious this weekend and saying that while the President had a free weekend, he thought he’d get started on his annual physical a few months early and headed to Walter Reed. Most of his weekends have been free, Ms Grisham, as the schedule that your office puts out shows! An additional Oy! because no one believes he went to the hospital to get head start on physical. Who does that?  In fact a third Oy! for contributing to the fact that few believe anything this White House says.

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Another Oy! to Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, who went on TV this weekend to say the whistleblower who spurred the impeachment inquiry, “exposed things that didn’t need to be exposed.” Uh, senator, isn’t that what whistleblowers do – expose things that otherwise would not have been exposed? So, in addition to your Oy! here’s a Captain Obvious Award to you too.

P.S., Johnson also said “If the whistle-blower’s goal is to improve President Trump’s relationship with Ukraine, he utterly failed.” Uh, right, senator, because that wasn’t his or her goal. The goal was to disclose improper and probably illegal behavior by the President.

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A joint Oy! to Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for not having their employees’ backs. Several State Department employees have now testified to the impeachment inquiry about alleged wrongdoing by the President. Pompeo has been silent. As Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Tom Friedman said in the New York Times, “Any story on Pompeo touts that he was number one in his West Point class but he must have flunked all his courses on ethics and leadership. I guess he was really good in math.”

And for the Vice President, Trump has publicly criticized your senior staff member who will publicly testify this week but who testified in private already, saying she was aghast (my word) at the President’s behavior on his “perfect” call with the Ukrainian president. Uh, why is she on your staff if she’s so dishonest? And if she’s there because you respect her counsel, don’t lock her up, as the President would do, but back her up!

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A Yo! to much maligned mainstream media who, during the Trump years, have rediscovered journalism and investigated and published stories to expose this Administration. Yes, they have made mistakes – trying to write history before its history kind of forces that. But for the vast majority of their stories, they have proven correct, despite the President’s strategy to tear down the Fourth Estate. The Yo! also is for practicing real journalism now that the White House briefing is gone. You see, you needn’t be “fed” news every day! Yo!, too, to the Fact Checkers major media have invested in who record all the lies or embellishments told by the President, and many others, to keep things somewhat honest.🔷



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[This piece was originally published on The Screaming Moderate and re-published in PMP Magazine on 19 November 2019, with the author’s consent. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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Former deputy White House press secretary to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Also headed communications offices at the RNC, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Yale University.

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