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Catch 22 was a 1961 novel written by Joseph Heller. The book mainly follows Captain Joseph Yossarian as he struggles to deal with the absurdities of military life during WWII.
The book came to mind this morning when I read that Steve Bullock, the governor of Montana, just announced his candidacy for president, making him the 22nd person to enter the race. I don't think he has a chance in hell of getting the nomination, but what is interesting about him is that he got re-elected in 2016 by a margin of 50-46 in a state that Trump carried by 20 points.
Regardless of who gets the nomination, he may have some useful tips on how to win over at least some of the people who voted for Trump in 2016.
The first of the Democratic debates will be held in Miami on June 26 and 27. The Democratic National Committee previously said the lineups for each debate will be chosen at random, not strictly from how candidates are ranked in polls. To qualify, a candidate will need to either have at least 1 percent support in three qualifying polls, or provide evidence of at least 65,000 unique donors, with a minimum of 200 different donors in at least 20 states.
Last week, TIME put mayor Pete and his husband on the cover. This week, the cover showcased Elizabeth Warren. Like a lot of people, I really don't have a strong preference, as long as it is somebody who can beat Trump. Since trump is not going to get impeached (thanks, Mitch) the best possible outcome is for him to get the Republican nomination, and then lose in the general election by about 20,000,000 votes. Admittedly, that's a wild idea, but in today's politics, anything is possible. After all, Donald Trump got elected president, in spite of the fact that he is totally unqualified for the job.
On a lot of mornings, I'm starting to feel like Yossarian, since life today in Trump's American seems to get more absurd by the day. If it weren't for my favorite wife, our cat, and our grandson, I wouldn't have much to laugh about any more, and we ALL need to laugh a lot more.