Monday, July 25, 2016 5 Lessons from the Republican Convention
The 2016 Republican convention concluded with Donald Trump's 75-minute rant that only he could protect America from the barbarians at the gates. Other than further proof of Trump's demagoguery, we learned five things at the convention.
Friday, July 22, 2016 Meet Donald Trump
If you just beamed onto planet earth, you probably were shocked to learn that New Yorker Donald Trump, a celebrity entrepreneur, is the Republican presidential nominee. Here's what you need to know about him.
Friday, July 15, 2016(12 comments)
Hillary Can Win Big
Hillary Clinton staggered out of the worst week of her 2016 presidential campaign with a 3 percent lead over Donald Trump. Nonetheless, it's likely she will move forward to a resounding victory in November. Here's what Hillary needs to do.
Friday, July 8, 2016(2 comments)
Predicting the 2016 Presidential Election
Four months before the presidential election, Hillary Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump. Three factors will determine the November 8th outcome.
Thursday, June 30, 2016(3 comments)
After securing the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump promised a "tell all" speech about Hillary Clinton. On June 22nd he delivered a slanderous collage of all the Clinton lies and innuendos the rightwing has circulated over the last 24 years. Those of us who believe Clinton would be a better president should be forewarned: there's more venom coming from Trump. Here's how to defend Hillary.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 How Donald Lost His Mojo
When political historians look back on the 2016 presidential contest, they'll likely consider May 4th to the present as the decisive period. On May 4th, Donald Trump won the Indiana Republican primary; his last competitor, Ted Cruz, dropped out; and the press labeled Trump the presumptive GOP candidate. A week later, Trump got a polls "bump" and was effectively tied with Hillary Clinton. Then Donald lost his mojo.
Thursday, June 16, 2016(1 comments)
5 Suggestions for HIllary
Five months before the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton has secured the Democratic nomination. Despite many tactical advantages, Clinton is in a tight race with Donald Trump. Here are five suggestions about what Hillary can do to smooth her path to the presidency.
Friday, June 3, 2016(2 comments)
The Hillary Problem
On the cusp of securing the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has a problem: a lot of Democrats are unhappy with her campaign.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 The Birth of the Stupid Party
Republicans are handing their presidential nomination to a know-nothing billionaire bully, Donald Trump -- the worst nominee in modern times. How did Republicans get to be so stupid?
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Trump's Top Ten Tax Tricks
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns, saying "It's none of your business" and "there's nothing to learn." Of course, there is something to learn from the recent tax returns of a supposed billionaire who seeks to gain the trust of American voters. If we had access to Trump's returns we'd learn Donald's top ten tax tricks.
Thursday, May 12, 2016(1 comments)
Welcome to Trump World: Immigration
Donald Trump's signature issue is immigration. When asked by the New York Times what he would accomplish during his first 100 days as President, Trump responded: "rescind Obama's executive orders on immigration," design the wall with Mexico, and ensure "the immigration ban on Muslims would be in place." Trump's immigration policy has five pillars.
Thursday, May 5, 2016(2 comments)
Welcome to Trump World: Foreign Policy
One of the complaints about Donald Trump's presidential candidacy is that he doesn't present detailed plans. On April 27th, he presented his foreign policy "plan" at Washington DC's "Center for the National Interest." It was standard conservative rhetoric. Fleshed out with "Trumpisms." And lies.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 5 Things We've Learned About Republicans
The 2016 presidential campaign drags on and on. As we grit our teeth at the prospect of six more months of Donald Trump tweets, it's useful to look back on the past 12 months and consider what we've learned about Republicans.
Friday, April 22, 2016(3 comments)
Bernie's Last Stand: California's June Primary
Improbably, it appears that the June 7th California primary will determine the nomination of both the Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, and the Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump. After winning the New York Democratic primary, Clinton has approximately 1930 delegates, 453 short of the magic number 2383. Unless Bernie Sanders stages an epic comeback, Clinton will cross the finish line in California.
Friday, April 15, 2016(1 comments)
New York Showdown: Clinton vs Sanders
If it's been awhile since you watched Hillary Clinton debate Bernie Sanders, you would have been struck by the tone evidenced in the April 14th New York event. After 8 encounters, the two Democratic candidates don't like each other. That animosity produced a contentious two-hour debate.
Friday, April 8, 2016(7 comments)
Stop Attacking Hillary
Amidst reports of Donald Trump's meltdown, a significant news item went almost unreported: MSNBC noted that the number of FB1 agents working on the Hillary Clinton email kerfuffle is not "147" but "12." The initial exaggeration was further evidence of the massive effort to demean and discredit Clinton. These attacks should stop. Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy.
Thursday, March 24, 2016(1 comments)
Donald Trump Channels Howard Beale
Forty years ago, the movie "Network" created a sensation, eventually winning four Academy Awards. Etched on the American consciousness is the image of the demented lead character, news-anchor Howard Beale, striding to an open window, leaning out into the rain, and shouting, "we're mad as hell, and we're not going to take this anymore." Now Donald Trump has brought Howard Beale to life.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 Clinton vs. Trump: Consider 3 Factors
The dust has cleared from the March 15th primaries and it's clear Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee. It's less clear if the Republican nominee will be Donald Trump or a forced "marriage" orchestrated by GOP leaders. Nonetheless, three factors will determine who wins on November 8th.
Thursday, March 10, 2016(10 comments)
White Men, Go to the End of the Line!
In 2012, Democrat Barack Obama won reelection with 51 percent of the vote compared to Republican Mitt Romney's 47 percent. Obama's victory was the result of a formidable coalition of racial minorities and progressive Whites, particularly single women. In 2016, if Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is to prevail, they must recreate the same coalition. And, White men will be the smallest faction.
Friday, March 4, 2016(1 comments)
Who Sired Trump? Ronald Reagan
In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks blasted Donald Trump and "the rise of a group of [Americans] who are against politics." Regrettably, Brooks failed to acknowledge that Trump is the direct descendant of Ronald Reagan.
Friday, February 26, 2016 Clinton vs. Trump: First Impressions
Eight months before the presidential election, it's clear that voters are going to have choose between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. It's only been nine months since "the Donald" announced his candidacy, but in that time he has turned the Republican establishment upside down. The race to the finish line, on November 8, promises to be a nail biter.
Friday, February 19, 2016(1 comments)
Hillary's 5 Problems
Since April, when Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy, I've expected her to be the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. Only recently, given the strong showing of Bernie Sanders, have I doubted she might prevail. Meanwhile, the fierce competition for the Democratic nomination has revealed five problems with Hillary's campaign.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016(1 comments)
Bernie Can Do It
As Bernie Sanders' chances of winning the Democratic presidential nomination have increased, so have the attacks. Hillary Clinton advocates argue he has no chance of delivering the fundamental change he touts. Nonetheless, Bernie can do it.
Thursday, February 11, 2016(4 comments)
Is Bernie Too Liberal To Win?
After Bernie Sanders' convincing win in the New Hampshire primary, many establishment Democrats are renewing the argument that Bernie cannot win in November because he is too liberal. It doesn't hold up.
Friday, February 5, 2016(1 comments)
Hillary vs Bernie: The View From Berkeley
It's Super Bowl week on the Left Coast but the number one topic of conversation is not the Broncos or the Panthers, it's Hillary versus Bernie. That's a big change from three months ago, when we talked about the Warriors and the awfulness of Donald Trump. But now we have a real contest for the Democratic nomination.
Thursday, January 28, 2016 It's Inequality, Stupid!
As Bernie Sanders presidential campaign has gained momentum, Sanders has come under attack from Democrats and Republicans. Some mock Bernie's identification as a "Democratic Socialist," while others lament his supposed policy deficiencies. The critics miss the point. Sanders is running to call attention to a national emergency: the influence of money on politics, and economic inequality in general.
Thursday, January 21, 2016(1 comments)
Maybe Bernie Can Win
I'm beginning to believe Bernie Sanders can win the Democratic nomination and then the presidency.
Thursday, December 31, 2015(1 comments)
Remembering 2015: Republicans Get Conned
It's hard to feel sorry for Republicans, given that they control both sides of Congress and two-thirds of state legislatures. It's difficult to feel compassion for members of a Party who, for much of the year, acted like bullies. Nonetheless, in 2015 the GOP's rank-and-file get royally conned; not once but twice.
Thursday, December 24, 2015 Facebook vs. ISIS
This past week brought two pieces of contradictory news. In a misguided attempt to fight terrorism, Republican presidential candidates proposed curtailing the Internet and, by implication, Facebook. Meanwhile, Facebook rolled on; a year-end Time magazine poll concluded Facebook was the most popular smartphone App with 126,702,000 US users.
Thursday, December 17, 2015(9 comments)
It's the Strategy, Stupid! The Secret of Trump's Success
In June, when Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, many pundits dismissed him as not a serious contender. Six months have proven that wrong. Trump is a wily political operator with, so far, a winning strategy.
Thursday, December 10, 2015 Republicans are from Mars; Democrats are from Venus
For those seeking an explanation of US politics, there was no better primer than President Obama's December 6th address to the nation< and the Republican response. The President made six points and Republicans rejected most. The two political parties might as well live on different planets.
Friday, November 27, 2015 Who Will Fight ISIS?
It's likely the US will form a new coalition to wage war on ISIS -- the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. What remains to be seen is who will do the heavy lifting in this coalition. Which nation will be willing to put boots on the ground?
Friday, November 20, 2015 Dealing with ISIL/ISIS/DAESH
Four years ago, US Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden; many Americans believed Al Qaida had been broken and the terrorist threat eliminated. The November 13th Paris Massacre demonstrated that terrorism has a new face: ISIL -- the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Where should the US do?
Thursday, November 5, 2015(2 comments)
Hillary's Toughest Opponent
It appears that Hillary Clinton will be the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and her Republican opponent will be Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, or Ted Cruz. Which of these four would the most challenging in a debate?
Thursday, October 29, 2015(1 comments)
The Republicans' Secret
In the past few days, US voters has been reminded of the reasons why we don't trust Republicans: Representative Trey Gowdy's Benghazi committee demonstrated that the GOP abuses congressional power for political purposes. The Republican threat to not raise the debt limit indicates they don't understand how the Federal government works. Donald Trump revealed the darkest secret of all, Republicans don't keep America safe.
Thursday, October 22, 2015(7 comments)
The End of the Republican Party
The latest Huffington Post Poll of Polls estimates that three "outsider" Republican presidential candidates (Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Donald Trump) account for more than 50 percent of primary votes. We're witnessing a civil war within the GOP. Is this the end of the Republican Party?
Thursday, October 15, 2015 10 Takeaways From the Democratic Debate
On October 13th, the five Democratic presidential candidates debated for more than two hours. There were ten takeaways from the event.
Thursday, October 8, 2015(4 comments)
Recently, a friend of mine became a US citizen. Now she wonders what she let herself in for: "I don't understand US politics. Are Republicans crazy? What candidates like Trump are saying makes no sense." I said, "Welcome to bipolar America. Democrats and Republicans have radically different visions of the US."
Thursday, September 24, 2015(4 comments)
Democrats Must Go On Offense
This summer Republicans have garnered a huge amount of media attention. That was true at the September 16th Republican presidential debate where they spewed lie after lie. Now, Democrats must go on offense and counter the deluge of GOP falsehoods and misstatements.
Thursday, September 17, 2015(7 comments)
Why Has Hillary Faltered?
During the "summer of Trump," there's been a flood of negative news about Hillary Clinton. As a result, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is closer than expected. There are five reasons why Hillary's campaign has faltered.
Thursday, September 3, 2015(4 comments)
10 Reasons Trump Wins GOP Nomination
New York real-estate mogul and media personality, Donald Trump, is the odds-on favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination. Here are the top ten reasons why Trump will prevail.
Thursday, August 20, 2015(3 comments)
Bernie vs. Donald: Rebel vs. Insurgent
One of the most fascinating aspects of the 2016 presidential campaign is the rise of two outsider candidates: Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican billionaire Donald Trump. They're eliciting support because Americans are fed up with typical Washington politicians.
Friday, August 14, 2015(1 comments)
What do Republican Candidates Stand For?
The August 6th debate among ten Republican presidential contenders was a ratings winner for Fox News. Out here on the left coast, we learned two things: Donald Trump isn't going away and the Republicans lack a plan for America.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 Donald Trump: The Chickens Come Home to Roost
Many political observers were surprised by the success of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. This is an instance of the proverbial "chickens coming home to roost." Republican politicians have grown fond of telling their constituents, "You can't trust Washington." This paved the way for Trump, the ultimate outsider.
Thursday, July 30, 2015(1 comments)
Black Lives Do Matter
As a privileged white man, I've always been cautious about writing about race, thinking that it was a topic best left to others. Like many liberals I've assumed that whenever race was discussed my best response was to listen to what my black brothers and sisters had to say. Nonetheless, in the face of the growing "Black Lives Matter" movement, I feel compelled to speak.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 Hillary Clinton's Economic PLan
It's the responsibility of a presidential frontrunner to set the terms of the debate. On July 13th, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton did this in a New York city speech, describing her plans to address economic inequality and related concerns.
Friday, July 17, 2015(2 comments)
Five Keys to the Iran Agreement
On July 14th, the United States, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Russia reached an agreement with Iran to "significantly limit Tehran's nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions." Beyond the mechanics, there are five keys to this agreement.
Thursday, July 9, 2015(4 comments)
Is the Culture War Over?
Recently, New York Times columnist David Brooks lamented that conservative Christians are losing the culture war. Brooks suggested that conservative Christians shift focus and "nurture stable families." But Brooks is wrong; the culture war isn't over. Conservatives are stuck in a war they can't win.
Thursday, July 2, 2015(4 comments)
The Republican "Religious Liberty" Tactic
Reeling from the Obergefell v Hodges Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states, Republicans pushed back, claiming same-sex couples can be denied service whenever the provider believes this is consistent with their religious beliefs. Another form of LGBT discrimination.
Thursday, June 25, 2015(8 comments)
Pope Francis Challenges Republicans
As soon as Pope Francis issued his "Encyclical Letter on Climate Change," Republicans belittled it. Catholic presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggested the Pope was out of line: "I think religion ought to be about making us better as people, less about things [that] end up getting into the political realm." It's classic GOP position: they want Americans to go to church but believe US politics has nothing to do with morality.
Thursday, June 18, 2015(3 comments)
California: Blue State, Boom State
In January, it was widely reported that California had become the world's seventh largest economy. Among the top ten economies the Golden State (with an estimated 2013 GDP of $2.20 trillion) surpassed Brazil, Italy, and Russia and trailed only the U.S., China, Japan, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. Many factors contribute to California's preeminence; one being its liberalism.
Thursday, June 11, 2015(11 comments)
Searching for Intelligent Life in the Republican Party
As a Berkeley liberal, I'm convinced that whomever the Democrats nominate as their 2016 presidential candidate will soundly defeat the GOP nominee. Nonetheless, I'd like to see a sensible Republican candidate, one that agrees with me (and most voters) on the important national issues. Unfortunately, we've yet to see signs of intelligence in this set of GOP candidates.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 Rand Paul: Libertarian Bigot
As the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls continue to pummel each other, many Americans wonder if there is a GOP candidate who expresses common sense on any key issue. At the moment, the sole GOP presidential candidate who meets this criterion is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul when he speaks about national security. Unfortunately, Paul is also a bigot.
Thursday, May 28, 2015(2 comments)
Iraq: Five Points to Remember
As the Republican presidential demolition derby continues, the 2015 GOP candidates have settled on two central themes: hatred for President Obama and desire to send US troops back to Iraq to fight ISIS. While Republicans suffer from short-term memory loss, there's no reason the rest of us should forget what actually happened in Iraq (and why sending troops back there is a terrible idea).
Thursday, May 21, 2015(4 comments)
Marco Rubio: Back to the Future
The surprising disintegration of Jeb Bush's presidential campaign has opened up the race for the 2016 Republican nomination, benefitting the other candidate from Florida, Senator Marco Rubio. This is a bizarre political development because Rubio is running as the second coming of George W. Bush.
Thursday, May 14, 2015(2 comments)
Hillary Clinton: First Impressions
On May 6th, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held her first two fundraising events in San Francisco. I attended an afternoon event, featuring a confident, positive Clinton. While Hillary didn't address all of the questions that liberals might have asked, she gave enough specifics to win over most, if not all, Clinton skeptics.
Thursday, May 7, 2015(3 comments)
What Makes Bernie Run?
On April 29th, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced he'll compete with Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Although anything can happen between now and the late July 2016 Democratic convention, it appears that Sanders' intent is not to win the nomination but to influence Clinton on critical domestic policy issues -- to move Hillary to the left.
Thursday, April 30, 2015(1 comments)
Vote No On Armageddon
A recent Bloomberg poll noted a disturbing political fact: Republicans are willing to support Israel even when its objectives diverge from those of the US. This ominous stance is a consequence of the fundamentalist Christian leanings of the GOP. Many Republicans blindly support Israel because they are praying for Armageddon.
Thursday, April 23, 2015(1 comments)
Scott Walker: Mobilizing Resentment
t's early in the Republican presidential primary process, but at this point former Florida governor Jeb Bush is a slight favorite. However, the latest CNN/ORC poll indicates that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is closing in on Bush. In a large GOP field that features archconservatives and outright crazies, Walker is the most disturbing because his stock-in-trade is mobilizing the resentment of working-class white voters.
Thursday, April 16, 2015(2 comments)
Ready For Hillary?
To no one's surprise, on April 12th former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her entry into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. The obvious questions are: Why announce now? What is her platform? And, does Hillary Clinton have a real chance to become America's first female President?