Bob Schwartz

The January 6 committee has figured out how to hit Trump pitching. Now what?

When a talented pitcher arrives in baseball with new and unseen stuff, hitters have to “figure him out.” For a while, sometimes for a long while, hitters are baffled. The better hitters are patient, watching, waiting, calculating. The lesser hitters just keep swinging and striking out.

For four years, Democrats on average couldn’t hit Trump pitching. Taking mighty swings like the Mueller Report and two impeachment trials, they whiffed.

Now comes the January 6 committee, which combining Democrats and a few willing Republicans, has figured out Trump pitching. Public hearing after hearing, inning after inning, they hit some singles, maybe a few for extra bases. With the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, they hit one out of the park.

Have they broken the game wide open? We read today that the Washington Examiner, the capital’s conservative newspaper, has now said that “Trump is unfit to be anywhere near power ever again.”

The best hope is that Democrats will study and analyze the hearings and try to learn some lessons from them. Even if Trump recedes from the scene as the main player, there are going to be many years and elections featuring some of the same game. Those pitches are coming high and hard as soon as this November. Let us not strike out again.

© 2022 Bob Schwartz

9 x 9 = 81


“Yunmen (d. 949) was one of the latest and greatest masters of the classical era, known for exceptional brilliance…

“He also insisted on common sense in Zen practice: when someone asked, “What is the road beyond?” Yunmen replied, “9 x 9 = 81.” Asked about Zen in these terms, “How does one apply it on the road?” Yunmen replied, “7 x 9 = 63.” These are not silly nonsequiturs, like so much nonsense seen in cults; and they are not just numerological symbolic statements either. Nine times nine does equal eighty-one, in the daily world we face when we wake up in the morning; a variety of “Zen” that does not help you is obviously not too useful…”

Thomas Cleary
Instant Zen: Waking Up in the Present
The Teachings of Foyan (1067-1120)