We've made progress, The Bink and I, towards his recovery. Daily dosages of anti-inflammatories, plus pain meds, seem to have alleviated his suffering. We haven't one had pain yelp in the last three days.
We have a new problem now, however: his naturally rascally nature. The Bear is not a Bear of idleness. Check that--he is a Bear of idleness, but not unrelieved idleness. Eighteen hours of sleep a day--yes: that's reasonable. Necessary even. But twenty-two hours of sleep a day--that's too much.
Too much, though, is what he needs. For his body to fully heal, he has to stay calm. Sudden jumps and lurches, yowlings, bounding--these are all actions the Bear enjoys. But they're not good for his recovery.
I'm trying to keep him as sedate as I can, but it's now been two weeks since he's gotten out of the house and walked in the neighborhood, and smelled the new smells. He's becoming restless, and unhappy. The obvious solution is to take him for walk. That sounds fine--but walking requires a leash and that opens the possibility of reinjuring himself.
During major inflection points in Donald J. Trump’s campaign, the advisers, family members and friends who make up his kitchen cabinet burn up their email accounts and phone lines gaming out how to get his candidacy on track (and what counsel he might go along with).
But one person in the mix brings more than just his political advice. He also happens to control an hour of prime time on the Fox News Channel.
That person is Sean Hannity.
Mr. Hannity uses his show on the nation’s most-watched cable news network to blare Mr. Trump’s message relentlessly — giving Mr. Trump the kind of promotional television exposure even a billionaire can’t afford for long.
But Mr. Hannity is not only Mr. Trump’s biggest media booster; he also veers into the role of adviser. Several people I’ve spoken with over the last couple of weeks said Mr. Hannity had for months peppered Mr. Trump, his family members and advisers with suggestions on strategy and messaging.
So involved is Mr. Hannity that three separate denizens of the hall of mirrors that is Trump World told me they believed Mr. Hannity was behaving as if he wanted a role in a possible Trump administration — something he denied to me as laughable and contractually prohibitive in an interview on Friday.
But he did not dispute that he lends his thoughts to Mr. Trump and others in his close orbit whom Mr. Hannity has known for years.
“Do I talk to my friend who I’ve known for years and speak my mind? I can’t not speak my mind,’’ he said.