Poor President Trump. Now it’s the comedians who’ve got his dander up. 

Granted, not all comedians are actually funny, so maybe the Trumpster has a point. Still, comedians from Johnny Carson and before – and many since – have made fun of presidents. It’s grist for the old humor mill. And Trump’s grist is the gift that won’t quit giving.

On Sunday morning, Oct. 8, Trump took to his favorite device and called out fellow Republican Bob Corker, a respected and conservative U.S. senator from Tennessee. As widely reported, Trump claims that Sen. Corker “begged” for his endorsement and “didn’t have the guts” to run for re-election.”

Unlike most of Trump’s other Republican targets, Sen. Corker responded today, saying "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center.”


Sen. Corker's chief of staff, Todd Womack, discredited the president as well, saying that Trump recently called the senator and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek re-election and promised his endorsement.

But then those tough, aggressive, makeup-wearing liberal comedians started making fun of Trump on late-night TV, and he seemed to need a diversionary tactic. Hence, he woke up Sunday morning and took shots at Sen. Corker. To what purpose is anyone’s guess.

Two months ago, Sen. Corker suggested that Trump has not yet demonstrated the stability or competence he needed as president. The senator has also said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (who may or may not have called Trump a “moron”), Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly "separate our country from chaos."

All of this, in the words of Trump, may be just the calm before the storm.

One thing is clear, though, Republicans in the House and Senate are doing their best to keep a low profile when it comes to their Republican president. The congressional majority is acting like it’s in duck-and-cover formation.

By the way, thus far on the 2016 Big 3 campaign promises: A border wall, repeal of Obamacare and real tax reform, the Grand Old Party is 0 for 3. Even an American League relief pitcher gets a hit every now and then.

You guys are funnier than any comedian. And about as worthless.

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OK, folks (as Bill Horne used to say to begin his weekly column), this is your Final Warning. The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 general election is just two days away – Tuesday, Oct. 10.

For all of you who like to amuse me with your assorted complaints, gripes and lawsuits against certain public officials, you can take matters into your own hands by registering to vote in the next two days – and then actually voting – or you can shut up. You can’t have it both ways. If you are not registered to vote, you can’t make a difference. Complaining to me doesn’t cut it. Do something. Vote.

As we have reported, you may go to MyOhioVote.com/VoterRegistration in order to register online or update an existing registration. Voter registration forms can also be printed from MyOhioVote.com or obtained from a local library or board of elections office. The Highland County Board of Elections is located in the Hi-TEC Center across from Weastec on North High Street.

All Ohio voters may begin voting on Wednesday, Oct. 11 – in-person or via mail-in absentee ballot. For more information, visit MyOhioVote.com or call (937) 393-9961. Register now. And vote. Otherwise, expect more of the same from the best government money can buy.

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Speaking of the Nov. 7 general election, at least two positives come to mind:

• Southern State Community College does NOT have a five-county levy on the ballot (not that I would expect that to ever be a general election matter); and

• There will be at least three new faces on Hillsboro City Council. (The only drawback there being that Rebecca Wilkin and Bill Alexander are not seeking re-election.)

The candidates seeking to replace Rebecca Wilkin are Democrat Robert Smith and Republican Adam Wilkin in the First Ward seat.

The candidates seeking to replace Bill Alexander are Democratic candidate Mary Stanforth and Republican Jason Grove in the Fourth Ward seat.

In the city’s Third Ward, Democratic candidate Tim Countryman and Republican Wendy Culbreath seek to replace Tracy Aranyos as the ward’s representative. Aranyos is running as an at-large candidate, as are fellow Republicans Justin Harsha and Ann Morris, and Democrat Brandon Leeth.

Rounding out the Hillsboro City Council ballot has Democrat Jason Burns against Republican Claudia Klein in the Second Ward. The lone uncontested seat on council is the president of council, as incumbent Lee Koogler is running unopposed for what will be his fourth term. Also running unopposed for a fourth term is Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna.

Voters will elect a new city treasurer on Nov. 7, as Democrat Bob Storer is not seeking re-election. Running to replace Storer are Democratic candidate Patricia Burns and Republican candidate Amy L. Robinson.

My first – and thus far, only – endorsement for this election goes to Patricia Burns.

Good luck, everyone and thanks for caring enough to run for office. Now, it’s up to the voters to care.

Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press.