US Politics

Kamala Harris

It is pretty much obligatory for a political blogger to comment on Biden’s choice for veep, so I’ll start by repeating what I have said about Harris on other occasions. She is a very impressive figure—extremely smart, articulate, competent and ...

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Biden’s Veep Choice

Joe Biden says that he will reveal his choice of vice-presidential running mate next week. Is there any point in speculating on who that choice might be?  Not really, but it’s fun, so let’s go. First, let’s be clear: who ...

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Our Contested Past

I’m not proud to be an American.  Nor am I ashamed.  I simply don’t’ have any personal sense of ownership of the many great deeds and misdeeds of our forebears.  But even if our history isn’t a source of pride ...

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The Nightmare Scenario

Based on the polls, both nationwide and in the critical background states, it now appears extremely likely that Donald Trump will lose this November’s presidential election.  Will Trump accept defeat?  By “accept” I don’t mean: will he accept it psychologically.  ...

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White Privilege

Thanks in part to recent police atrocities, increasing numbers of white Americans are apparently coming to awareness of the pervasiveness of anti-black racism in our society and of the burdens it places on African Americans. A phrase that comes up ...

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Pushing Biden

I just sent in my mail-in vote in the New York State Democratic primary.  I voted for a loser. We know, of course, that Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee for president, but I voted for my favorite, Elizabeth ...

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Will they be serving Kool-Aid?

CNN reports: Attendees of President Donald Trump’s upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, must agree not to sue the campaign if they contract coronavirus. Rallygoers are asked to RSVP to gain admission to the event and by registering, they must agree ...

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The Politics of Protest 2020

The widespread protests in response to the murder of George Floyd represent the best of America, but I’m no less impressed and heartened by the breadth of popular support they enjoy.  According to a Reuters poll, 64 % of adults ...

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It’s also the corruption

Amongst all the manifest evils of the Trump regime—the xenophobic racism, the attacks on the rule of law, the routine mendacity, the many destructive policies foreign and domestic—it’s easy to overlook that this is almost certainly the most corrupt administration ...

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Risible Quote of the Month

As long as I’m attorney general, the criminal justice system will not be used for partisan political ends.” –William Barr, explaining that no, he will not be investigating Obama and Biden for plotting to take down Donald Trump

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