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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The GOP Establishment's Dilemma

Well the GOP establishment has finally got its wish. After topping all national and state polls for over 100 days, Donald Trump is trailing Ben Carson in Iowa and in the latest CBS News/New York Times national poll.

Although Carson is not the establishment's dream candidate by any stretch of the imagination, Republican strategists believe that he is a much easier target to tear down than The Donald. Besides, there are real doubts as to whether Carson is seriously seeking the presidency. He is currently on a book tour and his campaign seems more focused on fundraising than anything else. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fiorina.. the GOP's Wendy Davis?



The GOP establishment relief is palpable. After watching Perry, Graham and Jindal crash and burn, Carly Fiorina is the first of their hitmen to take on Donald Trump and survive.  More than survive. She is moving up in the polls. Of course, Fiorina did get a helping hand from Trump when he made his comments about her face. That gave her the opportunity to stand on the debate stage and – with righteous indignation – repudiate The Donald. It was a softball, but Fiorina still gets credit for knocking it out of the park.

Sensing a breakthrough, the GOP establishment immediately put in motion its propaganda machine and within a few hours puff pieces starting appearing on conservatives’ favorite cable news channel. Reliable establishment pundits like Jennifer Rubin hailed Fiorina as an acceptable “outsider”.  It is not so much that the donor class has given up on a Jeb! administration. It is just that Carly is a convenient transition vehicle as the rebellious GOP base moves from its Trump infatuation to eventually supporting the Bush Dynasty. Use Fiorina to get Trump out of the way. Once The Donald is back in his Fifth Avenue tower, the GOP establishment will take Fiorina down so that only Jeb! will be left standing. A pretty devious, albeit transparent strategy.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Setting Latinos Up for Failure

The Jorge Ramos Martyr for the Freedom of the Press Tour is well underway making stops at every news outlet. The self styled champion of the Latino community has been claiming that Donald Trump expelled him from a press conference because he was afraid of tough questions. A claim that is easily discredited by the fact that Trump allowed Ramos back and allotted him more time than any other reporter in the room. But then again, Ramos also claims to be a journalist when he is really more an advocate when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration.

If Mr. Ramos' intention was to slay the Trump dragon on behalf of Latinos, he is no Saint Jorge (sorry, I couldn't resist). His refusal to wait his turn and interrupting a fellow reporter did nothing to advance his cause; but it did reinforce the negative stereotype of Latinos cutting in line and demanding special treatment. Ann Coulter couldn't be happier and gleefully twitted:
"At least Jorge Ramos is consistent. Whether a press conf or a nation, he thinks Mexicans can barge in & demand rights that aren't theirs."

Saturday, August 22, 2015

On Second Thought, I Am Glad Trump Is Running for President

The third time was supposed to be the charm. Surely Donald Trump taking on one of Fox News' brightest stars would spell his demise. Nate Silver dutifully produced his little charts and declared that Trump won't win a war against Fox News"". Smelling a hint of blood (no pun intended), Carly Fiorina tweeted that she stood by Megyn Kelly. GOP strategists praying for an end to the Trump campaign smiled with evident relief.

Two weeks later and once again the "experts" are shown to be trapped by their own biases as the Trump candidacy marches on. Nate Silver has learned that Fox News viewers are not mindless robots that will digest whatever Murdoch feeds them. Megyn Kelly is on vacation while her image as America's sweetheart is a bit tarnished after risqué photos of her and a raunchy interview with Howard Stern circulated social media.