First-time readers, this blog is set in the future (sometime after the year 2020).  Each entry assumes there has been a 5th revolution in the US — the Revenge Revolution.  More about Revenge Revolution and author, Entry #1.  List and general description of entries to date.  Annual assessment whether Revolution plausible.

Note: most characters appear in a number of entries, with many entries building on previous conversations.  Profile of characters.  You’ll catch on quickly.  Thanks for your time and interest…and comments. 

Scene: Jordan’s office in Washington.

092615_2031_Characters7.gifGelly: “Jordan, you have a visitor.”

JC: “Well, well, if it isn’t Mr. Big Dog himself.”

Jordan: “First of all, nice to see you JC. And what’s with the Big Dog stuff?”

JC: “Gelly tells me you had dinner at the White House – just you and POTUS.”

Jordan: “Yeah, so?”

092615_2031_Characters1.jpgJC: “So? That makes you a big dog, a really big dog.”

Jordan: “The dinner and $3.00 will get me on the subway. But the dinner was great fun.”

JC: “What’d you talk about? No, first, tell me what was for dinner? Some fancy, schmancy food?”

Jordan: “Texas BBQ.”

JC: “You’re kidding. Really? Texas BBQ?”

Jordan: “Really. And it was great. Couple of guys, some good wine and a fun evening.”

122913_1337_14BringingU2.pngJC: “Normally I don’t put Texas BBQ and wine together.”

Jordan: “When no one else is around, guys can eat and drink what they want. Besides the wine was a favorite of mine from Sonoma County.”

JC: “So what’d talk about? Anything really juicy you can tell me?”

Jordan: “We talked about the creation of the universe.”

JC: “C’mon, you’ve got to be kidding. With all the gossip and scandals in Washington and you guys talked about the creation of the universe? What’s wrong with you two?”

021214_1242_24Resultsof1.gifJordan: “POTUS wanted a break from politics so we picked a topic that interested both of us.”

JC: “You guys are boring.”

Jordan: “Actually it was an enlightening evening away from the DC fray.”

JC: “Alright, I’m here to talk politics with you.”

TurtleneckJordan: “Thought this was a social call. Do we have an appointment?”

JC: “Cut the Big Dog BS. Yes, the call is mostly social…and some business. No, we didn’t have an appointment. Gelly told me you had a break in your schedule so she let me in.”

Jordan: “That’s OK. Always nice to see you. What’s the business part? You’ve not become some kind of journalist or lobbyist have you?”

JC: “No. I’m doing a favor for Greenie. She’s starting a series of articles about the Revenge Revolution.”

Jordan: “And I take it she wants my help? How?”

supreme_court_buildingJC: “The first article is about nominations of Supreme Court Justices. Remember she covered the Supreme Court in her journalism days, right?”

Jordan: “I read her articles regularly. She always had great insight for the non-lawyer types.”

JC: “Her premise is the thinks that any chance for fairness from the Supreme Court was jilted following the death of Antonin Scalia. All the hullabaloo by Republicans about refusing to even consider the nomination by President Obama made the public aware of how political the Supreme Court had become. That cynicism was yet another prod for the Revenge Revolution.”

Jordan: “But politics on the Court started at least 25-30 years before that.”

coca-cola-canJC: “True but she thinks the public really didn’t pay much attention. For example, the confirmation of Clarence Thomas was juicy but people were less concerned about how Thomas would vote on certain cases than whether he put a public hair on a Coke can.”

Jordan: “I also think that even without the nomination hullabaloo, after 30 years of Scalia’s logic, agree with it or not, the public became more aware of the importance of selecting a Supreme Court Justice.”

JC: “Some of the logic was a bit convoluted to say the least.  So Scalia dies and before the body is occupations_lawyereven cold, Republicans…led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…state that the Senate will not consider any nominee to the Supreme Court put forth by President Obama.”

Jordan: “And why?”

JC: “Because, according McConnell, the people should elect the Supreme Court Justice. Excuse me, Mitch, have you ever read the Constitution? Voting on the nominee is the Senate’s job, period.”

Constitution-DayJordan: “I do find it ironic that the Republicans were demanding that the successor for Scalia, who considered himself a “Constitutionalist,” be elected by the people. The claim by the Republicans was completely contrary to the Constitution.”

JC: “So when did some facts and a few pieces of paper called the Constitution get in the way of a good argument in Washington, especially by Republicans?”

Jordan: “Now, now aren’t you being a bit harsh on your Republican friends in DC?  Don’t forget the whacko Republican legislators in Kansas who wanted to impeach judges who decisions they didn’t agree with.  OK, guys, let’s throw out the state constitution.  Talk about stupid is as stupid does.  Anyway, 092615_2031_Characters2.jpghow does Greenie think I can help her?”

JC: “You know a lot of the players involved…but know them outside their usual environment. I mean you and POTUS had a private dinner together, right? You’ve played golf…or at least I think you have…with Mitchy, right?”

Jordan: “Yes, I do know a few of them. And, yes, I’ve played golf and had drinks with a few. Still not sure I can be of any help, but I’ll try.”

JC: “OK, great. I’ll let her know.”

Jordan: “When is she coming back?”

JC: “Don’t know. She might want to talk to you by Skype if that’s OK.”

Jordan: “Fine. Now, what were you up to while I was gone?”