Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Mike Pence Temptation

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Just like clockwork, every time there is a general feeling among the DC swamp creatures that they finally have the goods to end the Trump presidency, articles appear declaring that Republican leaders are much more comfortable with Mike Pence as president. That the GOP establishment would be more comfortable with Pence is not news to many of us who objected to his selection as Trump’s Vice President. Among the reasons I was rather unhappy with Pence is that I feared he would create an irresistible temptation for the GOP leadership to remove Trump from office – and thus far my fear has proven to be well founded. For nearly a year now we have seen several efforts to, first, force Trump off the Republican presidential ticket and, later, from the Oval Office.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Obamacare Kabuki Theater Ends

It took seven years but finally the Republicans ran out of excuses for not repealing Obamacare as they repeatedly vowed to do. First, they said they needed control of the House of Representatives so they could defund Obamacare with the power of the purse. Once in charge of the Speaker’s gavel, Congressional Republicans said control of the House was not enough – they needed the Senate. In 2014, the voters made Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader and, again, Republicans said it was not enough – they needed the White House. In 2016, the voters gave the Republicans the trifecta: House, Senate and the White House only to find out that the real power in DC resides with the Senate parliamentarian.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Welcome to Bullywood!

Still despondent over Hillary Clinton's loss, Hollywood served its latest round of Trump bashing during the Golden Globe Awards ceremony. I didn’t watch the broadcast for two reasons: 1) I haven’t seen any of the performances, shows or films nominated; and 2) To spare myself the predictable Hollywood tirade over the election results – they are beyond tedious. But when social media was filled with praise for Meryl Streep for putting Trump in his place, I decided to take a look at her speech, thinking that someone had come up with something other than the usual attacks – I mean, they claim to be masters of the “creative arts,” right? – only to be disappointed. The same claptrap that failed to swing the election in Hillary’s favor was offered again by Ms. Streep – she drew no new blood.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

My Humble Advice to the Trump Campaign

Has anyone heard from Roger Stone today? Just yesterday, he was on social media and radio triumphantly declaring the demise of Hillary Clinton. According to Stone, Julian Assange was going to drop a "mother lode" of documents that would land Hillary in handcuffs and elect Donald Trump president.  I was more cautious than Mr. Stone. I carefully avoided discussing the subject mainly because I thought it would turn out to be a hoax - better to adopt a wait and see approach. I was not disappointed. The wee hours of the morning came and the "historic" announcement that Alex Jones was covering live turned out to be Assange hawking his book.

Stone has also been pushing the Trump campaign to pursue the Clintons scandals in an effort to show that Hillary is no champion of women. Hillary did said that victims of sexual harassment or assault should be believed. However, if one reads the fine print, it does not apply to women preyed upon by her husband. Should Trump decide to pursue this line of attack, it will likely fail. Bill Clinton was successful in convincing the majority of the public that his impeachment was about his having an affair with an intern and not perjury. I have no doubt that Hillary will be successful in convincing the majority of voters that she was an beleaguered wife trying to save her family.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Libertarian Party Gets Played by the GOP Establishment

Trump supporters have very little to smile about these days. The media has, once again, proven itself to be the defender of the status quo and not its critic. His poll numbers are slipping, and the hope that selecting Mike Pence would unify the Republican Party has faded. The candidate’s magic seems to be gone as he struggles to find his general election footing -- while Hillary is hiding from view and slowly slithering towards the Oval Office. A grim picture indeed, but a curious comment appeared on my Facebook news feed that brought a little levity to my day.

“Could someone muzzle the LP VP nominee?” posted one of my libertarian friends. Muzzle? Wait a minute! It was just a couple of months ago that Libertarian Party members were boasting about having attracted such a notable political figure as William Weld to join their party.  Together with Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party was proud to have two former successful governors as their presidential ticket. The party was on the road to respectability and headed for its largest electoral gains. The LP ticket has been enjoying unprecedented media attention and is consistently included in polls. It was all good news and now libertarians are talking about muzzling Weld????

Monday, August 15, 2016

Latinos Disappointed Again by the Democrats

Pobrecitos. Latino hopes of having the first Hispanic on a presidential ticket were dashed when Hillary Clinton decided to select the boring, or in media lingo the solid, Tim Kaine as her vice president. To soften the blow, the Hillary campaign emphasized that Senator Kaine speaks fluent Spanish and touted that he is the first Senator in history to deliver a full speech in Spanish on the Senate floor. Making history will have to wait. Having a white man speaking Spanish is the best the Democrats can do for Latinos at the moment.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Do We Really Need More Republican Debates?

The ratings are in and the CNBC Republican Debate scored much lower than the previous two debates. Maybe it was the World Series competing for the same time slot. Or maybe, with the holiday season just around the corner, voters are taking a break from politics. Who knows? In any case, after Wednesday night's debacle is it really necessary to have more debates?

What was billed as a debate about the economy, turned out to be the latest media attempt to ridicule and incite fights among Republican candidates. The debate was disorganized, unprofessional, the moderators made up in arrogance what they lacked in competence. Plenty of articles are floating around the internet about how CNBC was the real loser of the night and there is no need to add one more.