Campaign Follies

I wasn’t intending to watch Saturday night’s GOP candidates’ debate, but I had taped it just in case.   After seeing and reading some of the commentary, I broke down: how could anyone to the left of John Kasich not delight ...

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Iowa

For the Democrats, a tie vote, which means nothing changes. Sanders remains a viable candidate, and will continue to keep Clinton busy even after his win in New Hampshire, but Clinton will win the nomination. I continue to think that ...

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You can fool some of the people…

No, I didn’t watch the Republican debate last night, so I’m not going to talk about that.   Here is a pretty good short discussion by Josh Marshall, if you’re interested. I thought, instead, that I would devote this post to ...

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Brooks’ Pipe Dream

David Brooks is dismayed that the two leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination are nihilistic, demagogic assholes. (I’m paraphrasing, obviously.) Not only would the nomination of one or the other be a disaster for the GOP, but “Very few ...

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Is Voting a Civic Duty?

A letter-writer today reproached Peter Wehner, the NY Times’ occasional Republican op-ed columnist, for saying that, while he could never vote for Donald Trump for president, neither could he stand to vote for Hillary Clinton. So, faced with that choice, ...

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The SOTU Speech–A Footnote

I’m not going to comment on President Obama’s State of the Union address except to say that I thought it was a very fine speech. I just want to make one small observation.  Did you watch Speaker Paul Ryan during ...

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Brooks on Cruz

I seldom do a post that is little more than a reading recommendation with a link. And I seldom have a lot of good things to say about David Brooks. But I do believe in giving credit where credit is ...

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For Bernie

Happy New Year! It occurred to me recently that I haven’t come out and said in this blog who I favor for the Democratic presidential nomination. Most readers won’t be surprised to hear that I’m for Bernie Sanders. I support ...

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Cruz on Condescension

Recently the state of Alabama shut down 31 offices that provide driver’s licenses— documents required in order to cast a vote. When Hillary Clinton criticized this move as an attempt to restrict access to the voting booth, Senator Ted Cruz ...

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Is Ideological Consistency the Problem with our Parties?

The lead article in yesterday’s New York Times “Sunday Review” section argues that the mess in Washington is largely caused by the fact that our two political parties have each become too coherent ideologically: The idea of two ideologically consistent, ...

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