Opinion: Truth serum for Republicans

By Phil Heimlich - Cincinnati Enquirer

Senators vote on approving the rules for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump

I learned recently of an experiment unique in scientific circles, conducted by the U.S. Department of Satire, Parody and Other Endangered Resources. Three leading members of the Republican Party were given a truth serum, which caused them to speak honestly and openly about the current political situation. Audio recordings were made of their comments, which have been transcribed.

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Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. Mike DeWine are indicted by their silence on President Trump: Phil Heimlich

By Phil Heimlich - Cleveland Plain Dealer

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, back right, and his wife, Jane Portman, watch as President Donald Trump is greeted by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, left, after Trump arrives in Lima, Ohio, on Air Force One, Sept. 22, 2019. (Bill Lackey/Dayton Daily News via AP)

My mother had a special description for upstanding citizens who didn’t engage in evil acts but kept silent about the ones committed around them. She called them “good Germans.“

I suspect that if Mom were alive today, she’d describe Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. Mike DeWine that way. These two Republicans aren’t attacking law enforcement and scapegoating immigrants like Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana, who stoops to any level to win a favorable tweet from the president. Sen. Portman and Gov. DeWine are gentlemen. They would probably never lie about crowd size, demand their enemies be investigated by the Justice Department or pay hush money to cover up affairs. They just keep quiet about these things.

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Phil questions evangelical support for Trump on Cunningham show

By Phil Heimlich - Cunningham Show

Phil Heimlich and Bill Cunningham Show
Phil discuses evangelical support for Trump on the Cunningham Show. Read More

In today’s politics, evangelicals are too easily bought

By Phil Heimlich - Cleveland Plain Dealer

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. In a guest column today, former Republican officeholder Phil Heimlich of Cincinnati writes that Trump's evangelical supporters have to overlook a lot of biblical prohibitions -- against deceit, debt, infidelity and hostility to newcomers -- in order to support the president. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
CINCINNATI -- Comedian Bill Maher likes to point out the double standards practiced by Bible-thumpers like me – bringing up, for example, the time a leading anti-gay activist and co-founder of the Family Research Council was caught returning from a European vacation with a male prostitute. Read More

What are you waiting for, Sen. Portman?

By Phil Heimlich - The Cincinnati Enquirer

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio (Photo: AP file/John Minchillo)
Dear Sen. Portman, You have been a good friend and mentor to me, and a role model to many other Republicans – hopefully, you will continue to be a leader Ohio can be proud of. Pastor Andy Stanley says that when faced with critical decisions, we should ask, "What kind of story do I want to tell in the years ahead?" My question is: When the history of the Trump era is written, what kind of story will you tell? Read More