Your Weekend Message From The Master

Kent Anderson
The Left Is Right
Published in
19 min readJun 15, 2024

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(Editor’s note: Charles Pierce writes daily at The Esquire Politics Blog at Esquire.com. He is an award-winning writer and author, most recently Idiot America. Every weekend, he sends out a weekly newsletter to subscribers, of which, I am one. From now through the election, I will post his weekend musings on here)

June 15, 2024

From time to time, Charlie puts on his cap as “the cynic” to take a clear-eyed look at the country not as we’d like it to be, but as it really is. This week, as Charlie is taking a well-deserved break from The Last Call to put that cap back on, we’re re-publishing this feature from 2015, “The Cynic And The Lame Duck.” We hope you enjoy. -The Editors

There was winter on the wind. Leaves danced a clamorous dance along the sidewalk and down the alleys, and there was nobody you could see in the streets, or in the shop windows, or hanging around the little town square. Lunchtime had passed and the cafés were empty. The small library on North Main Street showed some signs of life, some small movements in the light of the windows as the afternoon began to fade. It was a dead-level, gray time between seasons. It was a quiet election that day in Clarion, Iowa, an election that did not disturb the oncoming hibernation of the place, and there was winter on the wind.

The cynic was in Clarion to watch the political seasons change for the final time in the presidency of Barack Obama. It was in a place very much like this in 2008 that the cynic saw the president

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Kent Anderson
The Left Is Right

Purveyor of Truth and Facts. Lifelong Detroiter. Journalist. Loves good TV, sports, friends and family. Mostly. Also: https://rollingwheelie.substack.com/