The Debate

So, the question wasn’t asked.  Just as well—I didn’t expect Biden to follow my recommendation. I don’t think the debate changed many votes, which is fine: Trump needed a knockout, and he didn’t get it.  But I did think that ...

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The Question

They asked it of the candidates during one of the 2016 debates.  I don’t remember the exact wording, but it was something like “Do you have anything good to say about your opponent?” Trump answered by talking about Clinton’s doggedness; ...

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The Court-packing Issue

I don’t know how much the voters care, but I thought it unfortunate that Kamala Harris ducked the question Pence insistently posed to her: would Joe Biden seek to pack the Supreme Court?  The correct response was not to dodge ...

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The Great Debate

Biden was Biden (unimpressive) and Trump was Trump (a mendacious blowhard).  Two polls–CNN and CBS--showed that Trump lost. Biden would be well within his rights to say that Trump’s obnoxious behavior and continuous lies make debates a farce, and refuse ...

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The Threatened Coup

In a post a couple of months ago, I discussed the unprecedented possibility of what would amount to a coup d’etat in the United States—the effective cancellation of a presidential election result.  At the time I assessed the particular nightmare ...

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Vacancy on the Court

I will make a confession.  On learning of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of my first reactions was to assume that even Mitch McConnell could not be so boldly hypocritical as to seek to fill her vacancy before ...

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Who likes Trump?

Donald Trump’s approval rating among American adults has generally fluctuated around 43%; roughly that percentage, maybe even a little higher, will vote for his re-election.  These facts are both appalling and bewildering.  Appalling because, his destructive policies aside, Trump personally ...

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Trump’s Convention

A friend asked me why I haven’t blogged about the Republicans’ convention.  Part of the reason is that I didn’t have the stomach to watch any of it, so my observations would be second hand, based on what I’ve read ...

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The Dems’ Night 4

Feeling lazy today, I am hosting  a guest post.  Following are observations on the final night of the Dem convention from one of my most loyal readers, and, it happens, my most frequent commenter, Jeff Herrmann.  Warning: I am not ...

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Unity in Diversity?

If there is a single underlying theme running through the Democrats’ virtual convention, it’s unity: Joe Biden—a man who has always prided himself on working with his political adversaries–can heal and unify a divided nation. A nation made more divided ...

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