Hillary’s Dilemma

Here is a small prediction for tonight’s debate: the word “Republican” will not cross Hillary Clinton’s lips. (Exception: she might choose to avoid saying Trump’s name by referring to “the Republican presidential nominee.”) Why not? Because Clinton’s main strategy for ...

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So, what might there be in those tax returns?

Hillary Clinton is undoubtedly correct that Donald Trump is hiding something in refusing to release his tax returns. What might that something be? We can only speculate. Surprisingly, I haven’t seen much speculation in the media, so I am offering ...

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Oh, yeah—It’s pneumonia

I have repeatedly set aside my reservations about Hillary Clinton to point out that the exaggerated distrust and even hatred with which much of the public views her is mostly irrational, a product of the demonization of her and her ...

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The mini-pre-quasi-debate

It is now widely agreed that Mat Lauer did a poor job in hosting the presidential candidates’ national security forum on Wednesday. Word is that even at NBC, the host network, the assessment is that the forum was a “disaster.” ...

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Trump, Hate Speech and the Media

Today I’m going to resort to that lazy blogger’s device that I have used only very occasionally in the past: a link to a highly recommended post, with minimal commentary of my own.  The poster is TPM’s josh Marshall.  His ...

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The Clinton Foundation Brouhaha

The Associated Press has come out with a story showing that a majority of non-governmental individuals that Hillary met with as Secretary of State during a selected period had been donors to the Clinton Foundation. The reasonable concern is that ...

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Is Trump right about anything?

Well, yes, much as I hate to say it, he’s sort of right about a few things, mainly in foreign policy.   And now that he’s tanking in the polls, I can shed my reluctance to acknowledge his very limited merits. ...

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Trump and the Media (II)

Just a quick post today, since I can’t resist an “I told you so,” or, rather a “You heard it from me first” opportunity. A little over two months ago, I predicted that the mass media’s treatment of Donald Trump ...

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The Non-dis-endorsers

President Obama has posed a question and a challenge to the numerous Republican leaders who have repeatedly found themselves disavowing one or another outrageous statement by Donald Trump but who still continue to endorse him: What does it take before ...

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Bounce, Bounce

It almost invariably happens that a presidential candidate gets a “bounce” in the polls following his/her party’s convention.  It even happened after the Republican grotesquerie in Cleveland: Donald Trump actually surged to a small lead over Hillary Clinton in most ...

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