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.