Rule for Daddy’s stories – trust but verify

I was in the bathroom the other night when I realized I have a credibility problem.

I was giving my boys a bath. Silas is 5 and Quinn turns 4 today, and already they are catching on to me.

Now, I’m not the normal bath-giver. My wife usually has that job, mostly because the boys insist that she do it, along with just about everything else they need. Around our house, it seems Daddy is for fun and for discipline. Mommy is for nurturing and, apparently, trust.

The boys were sitting in the water, surrounded by a flotilla of assorted bath toys ranging from great white sharks to plastic garden pails, when Silas started playing with one of their favorites — an old shampoo bottle. They like to suck the bath water up into it and then blast each other in the face. It’s a game that never seems to get old to them. For the innocent bystander just trying to get the little heathens clean, though, it gets pretty annoying pretty quickly. Continue reading Rule for Daddy’s stories – trust but verify

Dems should choose substance over starpower

Originally published in The Kentucky Standard on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

I have to admit, I’m not sold on this whole Ashley Judd vs. Mitch McConnell scenario.

It seems to me that many commentators in the media and in Democratic circles are a little star struck.

And they seem to think voters will be just as enamored at the ballot box.

There have been celebrities that were successful as candidates, and even a few who were successful at serving in office.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in California and Jesse Ventura in Minnesota both won governorships. The liberal firebrand and comedian Al Franken won a U.S. Senate seat in 2008 representing Minnesota. Continue reading Dems should choose substance over starpower

Careful what you wish for

This is a column I wrote for The Kentucky Standard, published on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. 

It was shortly after the 2010 primaries when I found myself on the phone with a good friend from Ohio talking about Kentucky politics.

Rand Paul had recently upset the political order of the Kentucky Republican establishment, beating U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s protégé, Trey Grayson. In an interview with National Public Radio, Paul had taken issue with the portion of the Civil Rights Act that prohibits private businesses from discriminating against people based on race, religion or national origin.

That was it, my friend was convinced. Chalk up a win for the Democrats in November. How, after all, could someone so far on the fringe ever carry a statewide election? Continue reading Careful what you wish for