A Constitutional Crisis: Trump Loses the Election but Refuses to Leave Office and . . . Then What?

I have always been an optimist, and sometimes had to deal with ribbing about this.But 2020 has stripped away that sunny view of the world, and Donald Trump (sigh), more than the virus, is the reason why.I’ve known for some time, of course, that the man is a charlatan, cheating his way to the top, being so bad at running businesses that they always ended up in bankruptcy, succeeding only because his father’s death dumped a fortune into his hands just as he became a TV sensation for a weekly show demonstrating his cruelty.When Trump made business deals he subsequently told the other side that he would only pay a portion of what he had contracted to pay—take it or leave it—and that trying to sue him would only cost more than accepting his current offer and writing off the rest.Great way to do business.When Trump had a best seller with “The Art of the Deal” it subsequently turned out that he hadn’t actually written any of it; his “co-author” wrote it all, and that man is not even sure if …

My Covid-19 Haircut

My sister lives in Las Vegas so I decided to visit her for spring break between the two courses I was teaching this year at the Ohio State Moritz College of Law.My husband David could not go with me, as he did two years previously, because he was in a play about to open at CATCO [“Moonlight and Magnolias”—the plot has to do with the creation of the screenplay for the movie “Gone With the Wind”] and it would have its first performance just as I was returning from Vegas.Covid-19 was a problem, but a small problem on March 5th when I left for Las Vegas, but once there all of a sudden it exploded into the pandemic that all of us are still dealing with (sometimes known as the “collapse of civilization”).I was staying at The Mirage Hotel and Casino, and sitting at the gambling tables, routinely handling chips hundreds of others had touched seemed like a bad idea, so I abandoned casino gambling (which I’ve loved since the 1970s).The visit with my sister and her husband went very well.But I w…