1. It’s Wednesday, October 21, 2015.
  2. I really don’t care that this is the day portrayed in “Back to the Future II.” I saw the first one. But other than “Godfather II,” sequels never measure up to the original.
  3. Unless the Republicans in the House have completely lost their minds, Paul Ryan is the next Speaker. He’s told them the conditions under which he’d accept the position, and now they have to accept them or move on. And if they don’t accept them, who are they going to get? Here’s the problem with a nihilist view of government: Unless you seek anarchy, you need to do something that resembles governing. The Republicans — and a lot of people who goad them — don’t seem to understand this. I suppose they could continue down the path they’re on. But the whirlwind they’ll reap would be especially ugly.
  4. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve sat in either Shea Stadium or Citi Field and watching a sure thing go up in ignominious smoke. I have a 21-year-old son who can remember some of the most soul-crushing defeats ever witnessed by humans. So the Mets having a three-games-to-none lead over the Chicago Cubs is better than the alternative. But it’s nothing to celebrate, because a team has to win four games to advance to the World Series. And until the Mets win that fourth one, there’ll be no rest for the fan who still cringes at the thought of 2007 and 2008 and countless games before and after.

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