“I remember Grant (Lynch, track chairman) and I were talking and we weren’t in favor of it. ‘Talladega Nights.’ What does that mean?” said Rick Humphrey, the general manager at Talladega Superspeedway when Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay conjured the notion of “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

Keeping the country safe is the principle obligation of the American presidency. Many columnists such as this one have doubted that with no national security experience, Donald Trump is woefully unqualified for that role.

Generals are always fighting the last war, goes the old saying. It’s a truism that I expect is being played out by national Democrats and Republicans looking forward to the 2020 presidential primaries.

A colorful Texas lawyer who was long ago hired to persuade authorities to allow for the creation of a university in a remote western part of the Lone Star state, famously declared that “there is enough ignorance in Odessa to justify an eight-year college.”

The Argentine “Dirty War” was not in the conscious thought of those of us gathered in a Washington garden to celebrate the life of a dear friend whose duty it was to confront the military junta waging war against their own people.

“Politics in Alabama was a dirty business, if it was done right.” — Fuller Kimbrell, Jim Folsom’s finance director, reflecting on Alabama politics in the 1950s

About 30 minutes into last Monday’s presidential debate, a former U.S. prosecutor took to social media to praise Donald Trump for his aggressive tone with Hillary Clinton.