Friday, February 05, 2016

Nominate this old man? I don't think so!


Perhaps the true function of Bernie Sanders in all this is to make Mrs. Clinton (who, if she is inaugurated next January, will be almost as old as Ronald Reagan when he took office) look young. . . .

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Thank you, Iowa ...

... for bringing some clarity to a race between front runners memorably described by Bret Stephens as:
1) A compulsive liar with a persecution complex, a mania for secrecy, and a bald disdain for rules as they apply to lesser people.
2) A bigoted braggart with a laughable grasp of public policy and leering manners of the kind you would expect from a barroom drunk.
3) A glib moralizer who is personally detested by every single senator in his own party, never mind the other one.
4) A Sixties radical preaching warmed-over socialism to people too young to know what it was or too stupid to understand what it does.
The liar, the braggart, the moralizer, and the radical are still front runners, but the Man of Many Vowels has been upgraded to a contender. Thank you, Iowa. Let's hope that Marco Antonio Rubio is up to the job. Not to sound hysterical, but the future of our country may rest on his young shoulders.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The debate and the gatekeepers

I don't usually watch political debates, but I watched last night's on the internet, thinking that without Mr Trump it might be illuminating. Well, it was, but not because of the candidates. It was all about the moderators. What odious people, especially Chris Wallace with his constipated little smirk! Then this morning I looked at the New York Times online and saw the now-inevitable fact check, while the lead story was somebody's opinion about a Cruz-Rubio battle that I never saw.

Our interconnected world, which in theory allows us to be a witness to history as it takes place, is in fact so buffered by these gatekeepers that we no longer are allowed to form our own idea of what is really going on.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Billionaire v. billionaire v. billionaire

Well, things are looking up! Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg has formed an "exploratory committee" to assess his chances of running as a third-party candidate.

If my choice is between Trump or Cruz on the one hand, and Clinton or Sanders on the other, I would certainly vote for Mr Bloomberg.

It would be particularly rich if it were Bloomberg v. Trump v. Clinton -- three billionaires in a row!

Friday, January 22, 2016

"Snowzilla"


I was once in Washington when three inches of snow fell. The trucks came out in force, but they had no plows! Instead they dumped salt on the streets, which turned dry snow into slippery mush, and the whole city came to a halt. I can't imagine what the capitol will look like if it really gets two feet of snow this time. Talk about gridlock!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The power of a negative ad

My 13-year-old granddaughter is visiting, and she has taken a great interest in the daily haul of super-sized postcards that come in the mail to New Hampshire voters. So I have redirected all this mail to her, with the assignment to choose one Republican and one Democrat from the 62 who will be on the ballot on February 9. (That's 32 Republicans, 30 Democrats.) Yesterday she made her Republican choice: John Kasich.

But here's the thing: the only Kasich postcard in the pile is a negative one entitled TAKE THE KASICH QUIZ! Evidently she went down the list -- expanded Obamacare, raised taxes, closed military bases, supported defense cuts, supports gun control, "big fan of Hillary Clinton" -- and found herself in agreement with most or all of them.

No word yet on her pick of the Democrats.


Friday, January 15, 2016

Now we're fact-checking humor?


Evidently the difference between "not a lot" and "tiny" is now worthy of a fact-check by the New York Times. Partisanship is what we've come to expect from this once-admirable newspaper, but isn't this particularly small-minded?