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.

Latest from Jay Bookman

Opinion: Sorry, rural Georgia
 Rural Georgia is in deep trouble, and the attention now being paid to its challenges by state leadership is long overdue. Lifespans are shrinking; jobs are disappearing. Rural hospitals can’t keep their doors open, and health-care professionals and the network they sustain are evaporating. The opioid epidemic is taking a heart-breaking...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Rural Georgia is in deep trouble, and the attention now being paid to its challenges by state leadership is long overdue. Lifespans are shrinking; jobs are disappearing. Rural hospitals can’t keep their doors open, and health-care professionals and the network they sustain are evaporating. The opioid epidemic is taking a heart-breaking...
Opinion: The lost art of the deal
 If you listen to his fans, Donald Trump is a brilliant deal-maker and negotiator. He literally wrote the book on the art of deal-making, and he has promised repeatedly, endlessly, to put that skill to work to make America great again.  As his biggest fan of all once put it: <div></div><br><blockquote class="...

Posted: a day ago

If you listen to his fans, Donald Trump is a brilliant deal-maker and negotiator. He literally wrote the book on the art of deal-making, and he has promised repeatedly, endlessly, to put that skill to work to make America great again.  As his biggest fan of all once put it: <div></div><br><blockquote class="...
Opinion: We have a racist in the White House

Posted: 2 days ago

For U.S. Sen. David Perdue, memory works in a very odd way. Or so he claims. Last Friday, Perdue and a colleague, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, told the world that they “do not recall” racist comments made a day earlier by President Trump in an immigration meeting. That lack of recollection seemed astonishing. In that meeting...
Opinion: Our sycophantic senator
 For U.S. Sen. David Perdue, memory works in a very odd way. Or so he claims. Last Friday, Perdue and a colleague, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, told the world that they “do not recall” racist comments made a day earlier by President Trump in an immigration meeting.  That lack of recollection seemed astonishing. In that...

Posted: 3 days ago

For U.S. Sen. David Perdue, memory works in a very odd way. Or so he claims. Last Friday, Perdue and a colleague, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, told the world that they “do not recall” racist comments made a day earlier by President Trump in an immigration meeting.  That lack of recollection seemed astonishing. In that...
Opinion: What makes Mueller so darn scary?
 “The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues,” Donald Trump tweeted this week. “There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!”...

Posted: 6 days ago

“The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues,” Donald Trump tweeted this week. “There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!”...
Opinion: Our racist in chief
 Imagine that you’re sitting at a bar, and you glance at the guy on the barstool next to you. He looks like he’s had four or five beers already, and before you know it, he strikes up a conversation. About immigration. He launches into a crude rant, complaining about immigrants from places like Africa, El Salvador and Haiti. &ldquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Imagine that you’re sitting at a bar, and you glance at the guy on the barstool next to you. He looks like he’s had four or five beers already, and before you know it, he strikes up a conversation. About immigration. He launches into a crude rant, complaining about immigrants from places like Africa, El Salvador and Haiti. &ldquo...
Opinion: Why is Mueller so scary?
 Somebody really, really doesn't want to talk to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there...

Posted: 7 days ago

Somebody really, really doesn't want to talk to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there...
Opinion: Oprah for president? No thank you
 No, Oprah. Do not fall for it. Do not listen to the sirens’ calls; deafen yourself to those political consultants no doubt working every contact they can find, eager to reach you and whisper sweet songs about your future. Pay them no heed, and none of your millions. The temptations are obvious: If you take a meeting, those consultants...

Posted: 9 days ago

No, Oprah. Do not fall for it. Do not listen to the sirens’ calls; deafen yourself to those political consultants no doubt working every contact they can find, eager to reach you and whisper sweet songs about your future. Pay them no heed, and none of your millions. The temptations are obvious: If you take a meeting, those consultants...
Opinion: Save us, Oprah
 No, Oprah. Do not fall for it. Do not listen to the sirens' calls; deafen yourself to those political consultants no doubt working every contact they can find, eager to reach you and whisper sweet songs about your future. Pay them no heed, and none of your millions. The temptations are obvious: If you take a meeting, those consultants will...

Posted: 9 days ago

No, Oprah. Do not fall for it. Do not listen to the sirens' calls; deafen yourself to those political consultants no doubt working every contact they can find, eager to reach you and whisper sweet songs about your future. Pay them no heed, and none of your millions. The temptations are obvious: If you take a meeting, those consultants will...
Opinion: Russia is getting away with it
 "I think Russia has moved from plausible deniability to implausible deniability," national security adviser H.R. McMaster told the country in an interview last week, asserting that the evidence of Russian interference in our 2016 election is now conclusive and overwhelming. “The Russians were very active in Europe as well...

Posted: 10 days ago

"I think Russia has moved from plausible deniability to implausible deniability," national security adviser H.R. McMaster told the country in an interview last week, asserting that the evidence of Russian interference in our 2016 election is now conclusive and overwhelming. “The Russians were very active in Europe as well...