Thinking back to my school days ... and that's a long time ago, I'm 66 years old and recently retired ... but way back in the 50s and 60s when I was in elementary school, junior high school and high school, there was a kid in every class who was a smooth talker and could talk that substitute teacher into almost anything, no matter how preposterous, that kid could make that ridiculous proposition sound almost reasonable, in a way.

Where are those smooth-talking kids now? I am sure that almost all of them are Republicans. When I listen to right-wing Republicans now trying to justify and defend their essentially indefensible positions, they sound just like those smooth-talking kids in my junior high school and high school classrooms.

-- Ron

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