There are many ways to view the tortured marriage of inconvenience between Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump. One way is as a metaphor for the classic Aesop's fable about a race between a tortoise and a hare.

McConnell is obviously the tortoise – wags even note his resemblance to a turtle. He is the laconic leader of the traditional, conservative, establishment wing of the Republican Party.

Hair Trump is obviously the hare. He is the bombastic leader of a shoot from the hip, take no prisoners, reactionary fringe element of that Party, though it's hard to view it as a fringe element, since their candidate won the Party's nomination for the highest office in the land.

McConnell is a plodder and a plotter, a man who prefers to remain behind the scenes and operate at something approaching a glacial pace, a man whose every action is preceded by thoughtful analysis, a man who habitually proceeds with extreme caution.

Trump is a tap-dancer and a romancer, a man who is always onstage and is always and only in the moment, a man who prides himself on being "high energy" – though he acts more like a man who's simply high on something, a man who shoots off his mouth without thinking and has not the least compunction about contradicting himself moments later.

One suspects McConnell views Trump as a fad, a fashion, a dalliance with a charming but ultimately disappointing date. He's betting that in the long run, Republicans will tire of Shallow Hair, and return to the fold. Or to put it as Aesop did long ago, he's betting that slow and steady will win the race.

Who will win the race, the tortoise or the hare? Results from last night's elections seem to hint at another possible outcome – both may lose the race to a donkey.

©2017 Tom Cordle

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Comment by Rosigami on November 8, 2017 at 12:34pm

Who will win the race, the tortoise or the hare? Results from last night's elections seem to hint at another possible outcome – both may lose the race to a donkey.

I'm rooting for the donkey. Unless he's just another ass. 

Comment by alsoknownas on November 8, 2017 at 12:39pm

A couple of jackasses losing to a donkey.


Comment by koshersalaami on November 8, 2017 at 12:50pm

I read the title, then I came over, saw the photos and cracked up. The next couple of elections are going to be interesting. Both parties are going through power struggles. The Democratic power struggle is shaping up to be the rank and file vs. the DNC. 

Comment by alsoknownas on November 8, 2017 at 1:12pm

Wilmot Collins, who arrived in the USA 23 years ago as a refugee from Liberia was just elected as the first ever black mayor of any town in Montana.

He says this: “The country is still not what Mr. Trump wants it to be,” Collins told HuffPost. “The citizens of this state and this city where I have lived for the past 23 years have spoken and they are saying we want the best candidate. They’re not looking at color, at background and creed.”

Big Top Don's circus tent is caving in.

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 8, 2017 at 1:28pm

No doubt there are asses on both sides, one of them just happens to be a particularly hairy ass

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 8, 2017 at 1:35pm

Unlike mules, these jackasses aren't sterile, and thus are we cursed with Uday and Qusay aka Eric and Don Jr

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 8, 2017 at 1:53pm

An intriguing title is half the battle in this low attention span age.

As you know, I'm not a subscriber to the notion the two parties will be overtaken by their extremes, though both are drifting that way at the moment. To the contrary, I suspect the party that emerges victorious from all the internecine warfare will be the party that is able to attract the most Independents. And that bespeaks a policy of moderation.

History teaches the American electorate resists radical change, and as we've seen with Brown v Board and Civil Rights legislation, residual resentment over change can continue for decades. Despite all the talk about "Change" voters, it's important to keep in mind that Hillary – and I can't imagine a more MOR candidate – won by near three million votes.

That's not to say change is impossible. It's clear to me the pendulum has swung, likely irreversibly, toward some form of single-payer system, and I say about damned time we caught up with the test of the civilized, industrialized world. And the fact we haven't done so long ago I believe makes my point about the innate conservatism of the American electorate.

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 8, 2017 at 1:58pm

A few years ago, a black man was elected mayor of Sweetwater, a small town here in East Tennessee that fifty years ago sported "sundown" signs. His election was all the more the remarkable given that small towns in East Tennessee are some of the whitest places in America.

Comment by koshersalaami on November 8, 2017 at 6:08pm


What concerns me is not single payer. What concerns me is income/wealth redistribution. I'll breathe easier when that pendulum swings. 

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 8, 2017 at 6:44pm


Single payer is a much greater concern to those who aren't covered. It also. believe it or not, has an effect on wages. First, if employers don't have to contribute to insurance there's obviously more money for wages, and second, if coverage was universal, employees would have much more freedom to move to other employers. Instead, they're forced to stay put for fear of losing coverage for themselves and family members. That's definitely putting the horse before the cart.


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