One-Liner Wednesday — Throwing in the Towel

“There comes a time when you have to realize that, despite your best efforts, you’ve been unsuccessful.”

Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn

As Donald Trump still desperately battles to attempt to overturn his presidential election loss to Joe Biden and to stay in power, even some of his staunches GOP allies are admitting that it’s time for Trump to throw in the towel and accept his defeat.

Of course, he’s Donald Trump, so he won’t.


Written for the One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Drawing by Grace Orwen at The Daily Nebraskan

Who Won the Week? 12/13/2020

FWWTWIt’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

Sometimes I struggle to come up with even one designated winner for Who Won the Week. But this week I struggled to choose between the hope that the approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and the nail in the coffin to Trump’s ludicrous attempt to reverse the results of the presidential election.In the end I chose the Supreme Court of the United States. On Friday, the Supreme Court, in a brief order, rejected the Texas AG’s lawsuit to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory in four critical swing states. The court said that Texas did not have the legal right to sue those other states, thus ending Trump’s desperate attempt to use the Supreme Court, with its 6-3 conservative majority, including three justices appointed by Trump, to overturn the election results.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Denial or Willful Ignorance?

According to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll of 1,065 U.S. adults conducted between December 1st and December 6th, only 24% of Republicans believe that Joe Biden beat Donald Trump in last month’s presidential election. Of Democrats and Independents, 95% and 67%, respectively, accept that the election result showing that Biden won is accurate.

What is it with these Republicans? Is this a case of denial by Trump’s horde of rapscallion-like supporters who have become almost dependent upon his daily lies, unfounded election fraud and conspiracy theories, and the biased reporting coming from right-wing outlets like Fox News? Or is it an act of desperation by the delusional, about-to-be former president whose election loss has led to a rapid deterioration of his mental faculties?

Denial is the action of declaring something to be untrue, and it most definitely is untrue that Trump did not lose the election. Willful ignorance is when people refuse to become informed so that, in this case, they don’t have to face the reality of Donald Trump’s defeat.

As we slowly progress toward the eve of his eviction from the White House, are more than three-quarters of Republicans in denial? Or are they the victims of an evil yet ingenious plan to pull victory from the jaws of defeat by spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) to those who choose to remain willfully ignorant about the actual and irrefutable outcome of the election?

Or is there some other explanation besides denial and/or willful ignorance?


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (rapscallion), The Daily Spur (dependent), Word of the Day Challenge (desperation), Your Daily Word Prompt (rapid), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ingenious), and MMA Storytime (Eve).

Reblog: Open Letter To Republican Members Of Congress

Jill Dennison has written an open letter to the GOP members of Congress pleading with them to do the right thing and to press Donald Trump to concede the election.

I live in a blue state, where my senators are Democrats, as is the member of the House who represents my district. But Jill has invited those of you whose senators or congressional representatives are Republicans to feel free to adapt and use her letter to send to your members of Congress.

I’m also reblogging Jill’s post so that perhaps other conservative voices who read her letter will accept the reality that Donald Trump has lost the presidential election and that his divisive, destructive post-election words and actions are subverting America’s democratic processes and sabotaging the future of our nation.


Dear Senator/Representative, I write today out of extreme frustration as a citizen of the United States, a person who has paid taxes since 1964 when …

Open Letter To Republican Members Of Congress

Who Won the Week? 11/22/2020

FWWTWIt’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

As counterintuitive as it might seem, my Who Won the Week designee this week is Rudy Giuliani.Why would I declare Rudy Giuliani, who has transformed himself from America’s Mayor to America’s buffoon, this week’s winner? Quite simply because he epitomizes the hubris of Donald Trump as Trump intensifies his attempts to seize an election victory from the jaws of defeat.

Giuliani is Trump’s $20,000-a-day lawyer. But Rudy has lost every case he’s brought to challenge the outcome of an election that Joe Biden has resoundingly won. Giuliani’s performances, both before the court and before the press, have been an embarrassment to both himself and to Donald Trump, assuming that Trump even knows how to feel embarrassed. Even Fox News Trump apologist Geraldo Rivera said, “What I saw with Rudy Giuliani, who I’ve known for decades, was bizarre, was unfocused.”

So as Trump continues his efforts to undermine Americans’ faith in the democratic process in what can only be described as an American coup, Rudy Giuliani, with his recently applied dark hair dye running down his sweaty cheeks, held another insane, rambling, 90-minute news conference that further illustrated the absurdity of Trump’s quest to destroy America.

I take some measure of relief in the fact that Trump’s and Giuliani’s clown-car side show won’t work and that, on January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be America’s president. Thank you, Rudy Giuliani, for making that obvious.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?


In addition to my Who Won the Week post, I have incorporated these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (hubris), Your Daily Word Prompt (seize), and The Daily Spur (relief).