You asked for it (well, no, you didn’t) but the Oys! and Yos!

B. Jay Cooper
4 min readSep 25, 2023

Been a while since the Oy! Yo! Committee has met but meet they did recently. The results, nearly all Oys!:

Oy! To the pollsters. Polls show majorities think President Biden is too old to seek reelection. He is. And/but he is going to be the candidate and his opponent is likely to be former President Donald Trump. Trump? Biden? People who think Biden’s too old will certainly vote for him over Trump. Thus, these early polls, as always, mean zilch, nada, zip. Speaking of his age, he does have a vice president, Kamala Harris, who has been getting great experience because Biden has kept her closely involved. Trust me, we can do far worse than Vice President Harris.

Oy! To Republican House members. Well, at least the Freedom Caucus, that small minority that seems to be in control of Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Picture a group of people standing a circle with guns in their hands, shooting at their feet. That’s the Republican caucus when it comes to the budget. Just days remain before the government runs out of money (that would be Sept. 30) which means federal employees out of work and other essential services stopped cold, hurting the taxpayers they were elected to represent. Over what? The government does spend too much but this isn’t the way to cut it back. Plus the spending that created the huge deficits were run up by both parties over the years.

Yo! To AG Garland. Attorney General Merrick Garland took on Republicans in the House the other day in a hearing that they focused on alleged Department of Justice bias against conservatives and other matters. Garland is a former judge and who would be on the Supreme Court now if not for the team of former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Garland showed his emotions (anger) just once when he was attacked for his department allegedly being anti-Catholic. The GOP hit a sensitive and understandable nerve because Garland lost family in the Holocaust. “The idea that someone with my family background would discriminate against any religion is so outrageous, so absurd,” Garland said. (I used to attend hearings with my then-boss Commerce Secretary Mac Baldrige. After one hearing, during which he took arrows from Democrats over an issue I can’t remember, I asked how he could sit there, take it and be so calm. He told me, “It’s politics. They attack me, get quoted and that’s what all they want from a hearing.” Some things never change. That hearing…

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B. Jay Cooper

Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.