Especially for Loyola-Chicago, Michigan, Kansas, and eventual winner, Villanova– the 2018 Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four. Loyola vs. Villanova should be a heck of a game April 2. On the woman’s side, there’s only one team—-Go UCONN Huskies!!
So Sunday was Stormy, as in Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford. Quite a few people (understatement) tuned in to see her interview with Anderson Cooper on CBS 60 Minutes. I was a little disappointed that the interview really didn’t live up to the hype. There’s a good analysis by The Economist here of why Ms. Daniels/Clifford is dangerous to 45 though. And an interesting perspective on how our political discourse, nay, how our very perceptions have shifted: “The nation once gathered to listen to FDR’s fireside chats, or to watch events like the moon landing. Tonight it gathers to hear a porn actress recall her alleged tryst with the future President, and the payment his lawyer made to keep her quiet. Making America Great Again.”—Dan Berry, NYT. But it’s a little too soon to judge how monumental this really is: “This past week has certainly seemed like one major story per hour. But before we get carried away, let’s remember one of the gold standards for a time when monumental stories occurred almost simultaneously. Within three days in late January 1973, Richard Nixon was sworn in for a second term, Lyndon Johnson died, the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade and the U.S. agreed to a Vietnam peace accord. With no hindsight, it’s impossible for us to know yet what was the most important thing that happened this past week in March 2018. But with 20/20 hindsight, historians of the future will be able to show us what it may have been — and, if history is any guide, this may turn out to be something that we are not yet even aware of today.”— Historian Michael Beschloss, replying to an email from Axios AM.
Of course, much as it pains me to say it, even 45 can occasionally do the right thing. The US response, in accord with some European allies, was appropriate and, given the praise of Putin, surprising: expelling “diplomats” and closing a consulate in response to the poisoning of the double agent in Britain.
Finally, how about that orange snow???