Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman is a columnist and blogger at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues and state and local politics. Jay Bookman generally writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.

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Opinion: For 2020, Democrats need to look forward
 John Kerry has been a superb public servant, beginning with his heroic service in Vietnam and extending through a 28-year career in the Senate and a productive four-year stint as secretary of state. He is as qualified as anyone in U.S. history to serve as president of the United States. Yet, John Kerry should not run for president in 2020...

4:00 PM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

John Kerry has been a superb public servant, beginning with his heroic service in Vietnam and extending through a 28-year career in the Senate and a productive four-year stint as secretary of state. He is as qualified as anyone in U.S. history to serve as president of the United States. Yet, John Kerry should not run for president in 2020...
Opinion: For 2020, Democrats must look forward, not reach back
 John Kerry has been a superb public servant, beginning with his heroic service in Vietnam and extending through a 28-year career in the Senate and a productive four-year stint as secretary of state. He is as qualified as anyone in U.S. history to serve as president of the United States. Yet, John Kerry should not run for president in 2020...

4:42 PM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

John Kerry has been a superb public servant, beginning with his heroic service in Vietnam and extending through a 28-year career in the Senate and a productive four-year stint as secretary of state. He is as qualified as anyone in U.S. history to serve as president of the United States. Yet, John Kerry should not run for president in 2020...
Opinion: On board the USS Trumptanic
 Donald Trump and his allies turned the 2018 midterms into a de facto referendum on his anti-immigrant “caravan” paranoia and his obsession with a border wall. He and his fellow Republicans  then proceeded to get their butts kicked on that agenda, dropping 40 House seats and losing the congressional popular vote by nine percentage...

9:44 PM Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Donald Trump and his allies turned the 2018 midterms into a de facto referendum on his anti-immigrant “caravan” paranoia and his obsession with a border wall. He and his fellow Republicans then proceeded to get their butts kicked on that agenda, dropping 40 House seats and losing the congressional popular vote by nine percentage...
Opinion: ‘Everybody knew’ about Russian contacts, lies Trump
 Over and over in the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump denied any contacts with Russia or Russians. “I have nothing to do with Russia,” he said. “I have no relationship with Russia whatsoever.” Trump denied it during the primaries; he denied it into the general election. He denied it in interviews, in debates, in speeches...

6:30 PM Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Over and over in the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump denied any contacts with Russia or Russians. “I have nothing to do with Russia,” he said. “I have no relationship with Russia whatsoever.” Trump denied it during the primaries; he denied it into the general election. He denied it in interviews, in debates, in speeches...
Opinion: Just think about this ....
 Over and over again in the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump denied any contacts whatsoever with Russia or Russians. "They said, 'maybe Donald Trump is involved with projects with the Russians'," Trump told voters at a rally in October 2016, at the height of the campaign. "The answer is no! No!" Trump denied it during the primaries...

9:42 PM Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Over and over again in the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump denied any contacts whatsoever with Russia or Russians. "They said, 'maybe Donald Trump is involved with projects with the Russians'," Trump told voters at a rally in October 2016, at the height of the campaign. "The answer is no! No!" Trump denied it during the primaries...
Opinion: Finally, some real-life election fraud
 For years, Republicans have warned about widespread voting-fraud allegedly swaying election outcomes. The claim has become a conservative obsession, with President Trump even alleging that up to five million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 elections, just enough to account for his loss in the popular vote. “People get in line that...

4:00 PM Friday, Dec. 07, 2018

For years, Republicans have warned about widespread voting-fraud allegedly swaying election outcomes. The claim has become a conservative obsession, with President Trump even alleging that up to five million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 elections, just enough to account for his loss in the popular vote. “People get in line that...
Opinion: Finally, some real-life election fraud
 For years, Republicans have warned about widespread voting-fraud allegedly swaying election outcomes. The claim has become a conservative obsession, with President Trump even alleging that up to five million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 elections, just enough to account for his loss in the popular vote. “People get in line that...

6:08 PM Thursday, Dec. 06, 2018

For years, Republicans have warned about widespread voting-fraud allegedly swaying election outcomes. The claim has become a conservative obsession, with President Trump even alleging that up to five million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 elections, just enough to account for his loss in the popular vote. “People get in line that...
Opinion: We bury a man of honor

9:00 PM Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2018

This week, we bury a man of honor. And by honor, I don’t mean the type of honor that accrues to a person just by virtue of rising to the presidency, because not all who achieve that post are people of honor. Nor do I mean any kind of honor conferred by others through popularity, fame or high ratings. I mean instead an old-fashioned...
Opinion: A man of honor
 This week, we bury a man of honor. And by honor, I don’t mean the type of honor that accrues to a person just by virtue of rising to the presidency, because not all who achieve that post are people of honor. Nor do I mean any kind of honor conferred by others through popularity, fame or high ratings. I mean instead an old-fashioned...

6:20 PM Monday, Dec. 03, 2018

This week, we bury a man of honor. And by honor, I don’t mean the type of honor that accrues to a person just by virtue of rising to the presidency, because not all who achieve that post are people of honor. Nor do I mean any kind of honor conferred by others through popularity, fame or high ratings. I mean instead an old-fashioned...
Opinion: This isn’t normal, or acceptable
 This week, President Donald Trump retweeted an image that accuses multiple political opponents of committing treason against the United States of America, demanding that they be prosecuted and imprisoned for their crime. Think about that for a moment, because it is extraordinary. The chief executive of the United States is urging the government...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 01, 2018

This week, President Donald Trump retweeted an image that accuses multiple political opponents of committing treason against the United States of America, demanding that they be prosecuted and imprisoned for their crime. Think about that for a moment, because it is extraordinary. The chief executive of the United States is urging the government...
Opinion: Trump and Putin, simplified
 So here’s the deal, as simple, brief and straightforward as I can make it: In 2015-16, while running for president, Donald Trump was also eagerly wooing Vladimir Putin, seeking his OK for a deal to build a 100-story Trump Tower in Moscow, which would be a crowning and extremely lucrative achievement in Trump’s career. And as Trump...

8:11 PM Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

So here’s the deal, as simple, brief and straightforward as I can make it: In 2015-16, while running for president, Donald Trump was also eagerly wooing Vladimir Putin, seeking his OK for a deal to build a 100-story Trump Tower in Moscow, which would be a crowning and extremely lucrative achievement in Trump’s career. And as Trump...