The year of Covid has robbed us of so many cultural gatherings. This is the one that I look forward to the most every year. The videos below are not testimonials to the artists, but celebrations of the speeches themselves.

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THE MAGICAL. Tom Hanks inducting The Dave Clark Five (2008). Seriously, if there is one speech to watch, this is the one. The most original, creative, wonderful tribute. Hanks weaves the story of his early childhood in a post-Kennedy assassination America into this magical tribute to the DC5, the British invasion, and the joy of rock n roll, punctuated by…


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A lot of really hard questions, with few answers, to ponder. For us Democrats, some painful electoral reckoning.

The data is still early and incomplete, yet significant enough to catalyze the questions below. At this point, I can only draw three definitive conclusions. First, Trump was right all along: Joe Biden was the candidate to fear and the only Democrat who could have won. Second, the depths of how disastrous this election cycle was for Democrats at the local, state, and national levels won’t be fully appreciated until the Republicans — fresh off another once-in-a-decade opportunity to win the redistricting…


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With the contentious, theatrical, and ultimately predictable confirmation hearing of Amy Coney Barrett unfolding within three weeks of the 2020 general election, Americans are being treated to a display of political hypocrisy that is eye-popping by even our own jaded standards. Yet the palpable sense of dread that is engulfing so many on the American Left seems to extend far beyond either fears of reversals of abortion, voting, and marriage equality rights, or revulsion to the unseemly “Merrick Who?” steamrolling of the nomination process.

For many Democrats and independents as well, the Barrett nomination represents an alternative reality civics lesson…


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Let me be the first to welcome them with open arms. As a lifelong Democrat, unabashed liberal and political junkie, who am I to shut the door on such an esteemed group as the recently anointed Never Trumpers. Those “Establishment Republicans” who, through a combination of moral rectitude, ideological faithfulness and downright patriotic duty, have cast away the party affiliation that has defined their professional and personal lives for decades. They rightly and loudly proclaimed that their party, with its core orthodoxies of limited government, fiscal restraint and global leadership, has been hijacked by an insidious strain of American populism…


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There has been a myth being perpetuated by the punditry and the loudest (i.e. fringe) voices on social media that the far left (i.e. “progressives”) have been ascendant in the Democratic Party, especially since 2016. The cold, hard data says otherwise. Demographic trends and shouting do not determine elections. It’s who shows up to vote that matters.

Setting aside the misguided conflating of an AOC upset in 2018 as the tip of the spear of a broader trend, what did we learn two years ago? The data show that the 2018 midterms were a bloodbath for extreme left candidates and…

David Scharf

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