Category Archives: Politics

Clinton Fires 1st General Election Salvo

trump-uniterClinton calls Trump a unifier.

Click the link, it’s worth it.

PS. If anyone knows how to embed that sort of video in WordPress, please share. Never mind, the Clinton people provided one.

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Everyone Hates Cruz

Add John Boehner to the list:

“Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

I don’t see it in the archives, but it’s hard to believe I haven’t blogged my favorite Ted Cruz joke yet:

Q: Why should people hate Ted Cruz on sight?

A: It saves time.

OK, it’s my only Ted Cruz joke so far, but comments are open.

Previously: Tell Us What You Really Think

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They Deserve Each Other

We deserve better.


Cruz Pre-Taps Fiorina. Photo: Flickr/Gage Skidmore

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You Don’t Say

My brother is being resasonable about what he calls “The Brooklyn Dodgers,” namely Hillary Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’s non-answers at the most recent debate.

WHEN A CANDIDATE for high office can’t respond to a simple question with an honest answer, attention should be paid. More often than not these days, that kind of behavior is just greeted with a shrug by the members of the elite media, but specific acts of evasion are worth studying. Because if something’s important enough for a candidate that they concoct a ludicrous non-response, there’s probably a sore point under there somewhere.

And when a candidate won’t directly answer the question, it’s also legitimate to speculate why that might be.

I’m not talking here about the positions on the issues that the candidates are taking, and whether they are logically consistent or wise. I’m not fact-checking. I’m just looking at evasive responses, and what they mean.

There follows multiple examples. I think this a model of what news analysis during campaigns should be.

PS. That said, reasonable surmise #2 appears to have been disproved by events? Could the reason Bernie hadn’t released his returns have been as simple as the returns being back home, the family is on the campaign trail, no one else had the key?

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Peak Trump?

There are signs that some time this week–maybe over the weekend? –we reached Peak Trump.

That doesn’t mean momentum won’t carry him to a lot more delegates, and maybe even enough to scrape a majority, but I think the bloom is off the rose tinted glasses. Not sure if it’s the Trump misogyny, the arrest of Trump’s campaign manager followed by doubling down on the guy’s defense, the really weird panel of foreign policy advisers, the articles about Trump’s dominance games (more), or the resignation and damning open letter of a pro-Trump “super-PAC” PR person, but something gives me that feeling.

Yes, lots of people have said ‘surely the GOP will come to its senses’ at various times over the past 25 years, and mostly they’ve been wrong. And I’m not exactly saying that myself, just that I’m going to guess his popularity has peaked.

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Bush PAC Post-Mortem

Worth a read. Also includes this local-interest gem from operative Mike Murphy:

He cites the old Eric Hoffer maxim: Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.

Take, for instance, he says, the Tea Party — “a racket, though it’s supposed to be a nonracket,” full of faux four-star generals who say, ” ‘You’ve got to pay me because … I represent the Nebraska sub-Army 14 of the Tea Party,’ and there’d be like four or five guys arguing over who’s in charge of it.” It reminds Murphy of when he used to do referendum campaigns in Dade County. “There’d always be these charming old Cubans who’d come in and say, ‘Colonel Escobar is willing to endorse on his radio show, but he requires certain considerations. One million dollars.’ “

“And we’d be like, ‘Thirty-five hundred dollars cash and lunch today.'”

“‘We agree!'”

Debriefing Mike Murphy | The Weekly Standard.

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DSC Plays Its Trump Card

Link if you can’t see above

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