Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 8, 201623min420

DENVER — HAPPY ELECTION DAY! Yes, all caps, bold and underlined … You bet. After the last 18+ months of campaigns, campaign ads, debates and soul searching we deserve to be enthusiastically engaged as Americans reap what has been sown. Yippee! We’ve included in The Hot Sheet today some (what we believe are) interesting, insightful and possibly slightly odd stories for your review this Election Day. Several we didn’t have space to formally share BUT worthy of your consideration include: The NASA astronaut who voted absentee from space and the bike service and free ride to drop off your ballot. Enjoy … And cue the political pundits!


Clifford D. MayClifford D. MaySeptember 8, 20168min366

Nixon went to China. Obama will not be going to Iran. The 1972 visit of President Richard M. Nixon to the People’s Republic included meetings with both Chairman Mao Zedong, the communist revolutionary leader, and Premier Zhou Enlai, the pragmatic head of the government. Détente and normalization of relations followed. By stark contrast, Ali Khamenei, the Islamic Republic’s revolutionary leader, and Hassan Rouhani, the pragmatic president of the theocratic regime, will not deign even to share a bottle of pomegranate juice with Barak H. Obama, president of “satanic” America, their avowed “enemy.”


Dick PolmanDick PolmanJuly 25, 20166min351

I knew it would be a long night when Donald Trump launched his acceptance speech with a promise to speak “honestly,” telling the crowd, ”There there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else." As if. When a con man offers to sell you Arizona land with a view of the ocean, it's best to guard your wallet. Trump's inspiration was clearly that canny fearmonger of 1968, Richard Nixon. Trump borrowed heavily from Nixon's "law and order" template — he bellowed, "I am the law and order candidate!" — but, perhaps more importantly (and oh so predictably), he emulated Nixon's well-honed gift for shameless lying. Not that Trump actually needs any help in that department, from anyone.


Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayApril 17, 20169min448

As you watch the circus that is the 2016 presidential campaign, which candidate strikes you as having a coherent vision of national security for the post-Obama era? Who has told you what he (or she) will do about the rise of jihadist regimes and groups in the Middle East and well beyond? Who has made clear how the United States should respond to North Korea’s nuclear weapons, Chinese neo-imperialism and Russian revanchism? In my view, none of them. We have, at most, impressions — less than reliable — regarding the candidates’ inclinations and tendencies. That’s disappointing but not entirely surprising. Voters get what they ask for.