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Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a nationally acclaimed author and political analyst. He has authored ten books; his articles are published in newspapers and magazines nationally in the United States. Three of his books have been published in other languages. He is also a social and political analyst and he appears on such TV programs as CNN, MSBC, NPR, The O'Reilly Show, American Urban Radio Network, and local Los Angeles television and radio stations as well. He is an associate editor at New America Media and a regular contributor to Black News.com, Alternet.com, BlackAmericaWeb.Com and the Huffington Post. He does a weekly commentary on KJLH Radio in Los Angeles.
The much-respected Public Policy Polling group in a recent poll blared the headline "Americans now evenly divided on Impeaching Trump." This is no surprise. The presidential election results were barely finalized in November when the furious talk, speculation, and outright calls began for Trump's impeachment.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017(4 comments)
The DNC's Challenge --How to Win Again in the Trump Era
The Democratic National Committee was by any standard a wreck and a ruin during the 2016 presidential campaign. It got pounded for misstep after misstep that included: poor, and disconnected leadership, leaked emails, gross favoritism, petty infighting, blatant manipulation of the primaries, and gross cluelessness about the Trump threat.
Friday, February 3, 2017(4 comments)
The GOP Has the Gall to Scream About Obstructionism
"I don't remember us treating their nominees this way,"
This is what an apoplectic Utah GOP Senator Orin Hatch raged at his Democratic Senate colleagues when they had the temerity to boycott confirmation hearings on two Trump appointees. Hatch, of course, had to feign righteous anger, indignation and disgust at what be branded the Democrat's obstructionism in refusing to show up for a possible vote on the nominations.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
The Never-Ending Ben Carson Nightmare
When Ben Carson emphatically declared that he has no government experience that would qualify him to run a federal agency, most took this to mean that he would quietly recede if not fade from public attention. We should have known better. Trump saw to that when he brushed aside Carson's momentary candid admission and plopped his name down as the Secretary to be of HUD. This was a remarkable but not surprising return from the p
Thursday, November 24, 2016
The Supreme Court is Trump and the Right's Jewel in the Crown
President-elect Donald Trump has made no utterance since his election about who he will tap to fill the Antonin Scalia vacancy on the High Court. However, this hasn't stopped others from endlessly speculating about just who that might be. Names have been tossed out all over the place. The consensus being that it could be a moderate conservative who would have the best chance of getting confirmed with a minimum of rancor.
Friday, November 18, 2016(5 comments)
Sessions is the Most Glaring Proof of the Folly of Shunning Clinton
Here is the full hideous point by point list of the major votes of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions on civil rights issues complete with the dates he torpedoed them.
Banning the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. (Jan 2006)
Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
Thursday, November 10, 2016(12 comments)
Fanning the Sanders Would Have Beaten Trump Fantasy
Somewhere near the top of the mountainous volumes of presidential campaign post mortem nay saying, arm chair quarterbacking, told you so blather, and so-called scientific political analysis of why Clinton lost is the assertion that Clinton rival, Bernie Sanders, would have handily beaten Trump.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Continuing Email Flap Won't Derail Clinton, But There's Still Danger
GOP presidential contender Donald Trump giddily and predictably wasted no time when FBI Director James Comey announced that the agency was looking at more Clinton emails. For the umpteenth time, Trump branded her a criminal and demanded that Americans not let her "criminal enterprise" into the Oval Office. No matter that Comey made it clear that
Sunday, October 23, 2016(7 comments)
What We Can Expect from President Hillary Clinton
The race for White House is effectively over. Hillary Clinton will be the 45 th president of the U.S. The question now is what can Americans expect from a Clinton White House. She has laid out pages after page of policy wonk positions on civil and women's rights, civil liberties, taxes, jobs, the economy, health care, education, military preparedness, combatting terrorism, on her campaign website. Most of them are the almost o
Sunday, October 16, 2016(2 comments)
Thanks to Trump the Democrats Can Take Back Congress, If They Get Their Act Together
GOP presidential contender Donald Trump has given Democrats something that seemed only the stuff of shop talk, wishful thinking, and even fawn dreams a year ago. That's a real shot at taking back Congress. First, let's get the presidential race out of the way. Long before Trump's campaign came totally discombobulated amidst the sex charge stuff, there was almost no way that he, or any other GOP presidential candidate for that
Wednesday, September 28, 2016(7 comments)
Why I Will Not Be Watching Any More Presidential Debates
A few minutes into the first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton, Clinton did the very thing that I cringe at and hoped she would not do. She went after Trump on a point about jobs and their alleged loss to China, Mexico, and just about everywhere else you can think of but here. If she hadn't gone on the attack, Trump sooner or later would have.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Trump Peddles the Plantation Myth About Blacks and Democrats
The GOP never tires of pitching the line in a presidential election year that the Democrats take black votes for granted and do absolutely nothing in return for those votes. The line goes that the Democrats alleged job killing, tout of entitlements, promotion of dependency and mind-numbing damp down of personal initiative have in effect created a modern-day plantation that traps blacks in perpetual poverty, horribly failed pub
Sunday, August 14, 2016(4 comments)
Hillary Does What Democrats Should Do, Make Like FDR
Hillary Clinton is doing what Democrats should have been doing all along and that's looking and sounding and, if given the chance, acting like FDR. This means going big, big, big and fully using government to radically ramp up new programs and initiatives to tackle everything from the nation's crumbling infrastructure to the chronic unemployment, especially among the urban poor.
Sunday, July 31, 2016(1 comments)
How About Four New Scalia's on the Supreme Court
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump upped the ante again on arguably the single biggest campaign issue that has Trump and Clinton backers the most anxious about. That's who gets to appoint who to the Supreme Court during the next four to eight years. There could be anywhere from two to four vacancies in that time span. Trump upped the ante in three ways. The first was when he again tossed out the name of the late Antonin Sca
Wednesday, July 27, 2016(1 comments)
Hillary's Five Challenges in her Acceptance Speech
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has five challenges she faces in her acceptance speech. Not one of them has to do with her GOP rival Trump. The first is personal, very personal. She has to make people want to vote for her not just because she's the most savvy, experienced, prepared, and knowledgeable about foreign and domestic policy issues, which she is.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Trump is no Stranger to Law and Order Baiting
It's certainly true that when GOP presidential contender Donald Trump shouts repeatedly that he's the "law and order candidate" he is simply pilfering the line and pitch that would-be GOP and even Democratic presidential candidates George Wallace, Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton worked to death during their White House bids. I
Friday, July 15, 2016
The 2016 GOP Convention--the Whitest of the Whitest Conventions
Calling the 2016 GOP convention the whitest of the whitest GOP conventions is not redundancy or a play on words. It underscores the fact that this convention in comparison to the 2012 GOP convention and indeed a string of other GOP conventions going back in recent time have been virtually lily white affairs
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Method to Madness in Trump's 1 Percent Black Voter Support
Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump made dubious poll history recently. In a Quinnipiac Poll, he got exactly 1 percent of black voter support. The high bar of black vote support for most GOP presidential candidates in most elections is a mid to high single digit total. 2008 presidential candidate John McCain came in at 4 percent.
Sunday, July 3, 2016(1 comments)
Still Much Ado About Nothing with Hillary's Emails and Bill
GOP Presidential contender Donald Trump was so happy he couldn't jump high enough when Bill Clinton met briefly with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. This supposedly was irrefutable proof that Lynch, and by extension President Obama, and Hillary Clinton, were in cahoots to cook the books on the FBI and Justice Department probe into Hillary's alleged misuse of State Department related emails.
Friday, June 24, 2016(3 comments)
Warren is Hillary's Best Bet for VP
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is Hillary's best bet for VP. Why? Despite the relentless lampooning, ridiculing, and name-calling of Trump, and the smug writing of his political obituary, the election will be a close run up. The big GOP donors and handlers, the hate driven passion to beat Hillary, Trump's skilled fear mongering and pander to bigotry, the never-ending media fawn over him, and GOP dominance in the m
Sunday, June 19, 2016(3 comments)
Orlando Massacre Won't End the NRA's Terror Grip on the Senate
The ritual is by now well-known. There's a hideous massacre, followed by loud calls from much of the public for Congress to do something and do something fast about passing tougher gun control legislation. The calls for action are backed up by polls that show once more that a majority of Americans back comprehensive gun control legislation
Friday, June 17, 2016(4 comments)
Trump Banks on Nixon's Silent Majority
Most polls at present show that Hillary Clinton will beat Trump in their presumed presidential face off in the fall. The problem with this is that polls measure what people tell pollsters and that's what ends up in their numbers and percentage crunching. In some cases, the numbers ultimately prove right and the presidential candidates that polls show will win do win.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016(12 comments)
Bernie Must Tell His Supporters Only One Thing --Back Clinton
I voted for Bernie Sanders in the California primary not because I thought he would or could win the California primary, let alone the Democratic presidential nomination, but because he deserved support. He deserved it because he did what few politicians were willing to do
That is thunder against wealth and income inequality, corral Wall Stree
Sunday, May 29, 2016(12 comments)
True Danger Signs in Clinton Email Flap
There will be no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton in the flap over the use of her private server for State Department business. There will be no finding that Clinton broke any federal laws in using her private server. There is no evidence whatsoever that Clinton jeopardized national security by the use of her private server. The never ending House
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Clarence Thomas Continues his Big Payback
There was an especially telling moment in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's brief Q and A with C-Span in April, 2013. The question was what he thought about President Obama. Thomas first gave a pithy put-down of Obama and then admitted that he had practically no interaction with him. But then he sternly said that he, Thomas, was a black man who did not say the "prescribed things" and that he'd be "picked apart" for it.
Nader Elected Bush, Now He's Trying to Elect Trump
Ralph Nader is at it again. He's been conveniently dredged up and trotted in front of a lot of cameras, mics, and reporter's note pads in recent days. He's got fresh media shelf life in order to answer one question and beat up on one candidate.
Friday, May 13, 2016(2 comments)
Trump's Support Isn't just from old, Racist White Guys
The prototypical Trump backer is a poorly educate, slob of a blue collar white male worker or farmer in the backwoods of the Deep South or Midwest who alternately fears and loathes Blacks, Hispanics, gays, liberals of all stripes, Obama, and big government. This is a dangerous, and self-serving myth.
VP Pick Can Make or Break Clinton and Trump
GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz gave irrelevance to the oft quoted line from Franklin Roosevelt's 1932 Vice President pick John Nance Garner who famously said the vice-presidency "is not worth a warm bucket of spit" or some such variance of that. By picking, Carly Fiorina
Tuesday, April 26, 2016(8 comments)
Sanders' Call to Back Clinton Doesn't Require a Clothespin Over the Nose
Much has been made about polls that purportedly show that a significant number of Bernie Sanders' backers say they won't vote for Clinton no matter what. Now Sanders has made it clear as recently as an MSNBC Townhall that he will do whatever it takes to "make sure" no Republican gets in the White House.
Bernie Does and Doesn't Have a Case Against the super-delegates
In March 2008, officials in then Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign were absolutely livid at the public quip by then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the party's super-delegates should not have the final say so on who the Democratic presidential nominee should be. The great irony in Pelosi's dismiss of super-delegates was that she was backing Obama, not Hillary Clinton's, bid for the Democratic presidential
Thursday, April 7, 2016(1 comments)
A Shock: Bernie is Actually Bagging Black Votes
There was a little noted footnote to Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders big win in the Wisconsin primary buried deep in the final vote stats. Bernie actually bagged a far bigger percent of Black votes than expected. He got more than one-fourth of the Black vote. Now the reason that this got lost in the primary post-mortem, really two reasons why, was one, Clinton as expected got 74 percent of the Black vote.
Monday, April 4, 2016(87 comments)
The Awful Transformation of Bernie Sanders
The awful transformation of Bernie Sanders has been absolutely breath stopping to see. Sanders has gone from a charming, engaging, provoking, and supremely principled Democratic presidential candidate to a scheming, conniving, devious, supremely unprincipled Democratic presidential contender. In quick succession, Sanders has been accused of being a tax cheat, a special interest money grabber, a foreign policy dim wit, a Nixoni
Friday, April 1, 2016
Trump's Mouth Just May Have Cost Him the Nomination
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin once purportedly said about Hitler that, "He didn't know when to stop." That can be said of Trump. In mid-March Trump looked unstoppable. Florida, Louisiana, Arizona had all fallen to him, more and more pledged delegates were piling up by the day in his columns, the stop Trump campaign among many GOP regulars had
Tuesday, March 29, 2016(6 comments)
Bernie Please Disavow Sarandon, And Do It Now
Bernie Sanders is a lot of things and most of them admirable. He's a fearless fighter against wealth and income inequality, Wall Street rip-offs, chasing the money changers out of politics, and for every kind of much needed institutional reform. But there's one thing that Bernie must be faulted for.
Friday, March 25, 2016(8 comments)
Hillary Must Win Over Sanders Supporters--Or Else
The general consensus is that Hillary Clinton will beat out Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination. The almost general consensus is that Clinton may not make it to the White House without Sanders. The numbers and the states that she has won are the starting point to figure out why.
Sunday, March 20, 2016(1 comments)
Trump's Version of an African-American Voter Outreach Campaign
It was one for the books. The sight of an African-American viciously assaulting a Trump protester at his Tucson campaign rally. The sight drew gasps and lots of expressions of puzzlement and disbelief. The assault came a few weeks after Trump's photo-op meeting with some black ministers. He has also gotten some endorsements from an odd assortment of black names such as Mike Tyson.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016(1 comments)
The Message President Obama---Wasserman Schultz Must Go, and Go Now
Two months before the 2014 mid-term elections President Obama issued this statement that read in part: "The president's foremost political goal is helping Democrats do well in the midterms -- and Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is doing a great job in that effort." Obama was
Tuesday, March 8, 2016(1 comments)
Here's How 'President Cruz' Will Govern
The conventional wisdom is that the GOP candidate who poses the far greater peril than Trump can't possibly win the GOP presidential nomination, and would have absolutely no chance in a general election. The result is that few have actually taken the time to closely scrutinize Ted Cruz's actual record.
Sunday, March 6, 2016(2 comments)
The Senate is the Real Name of the Game This Election
ere are two scenarios on January 20, 2017. That's the first day on the job for the 45th president of the U.S. Scenario one. President Sanders or Clinton, unlike President Obama on his first day on the job, are faced with a GOP controlled House and a GOP controlled Senate.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Why Should Trump Disavow Racists, If the GOP Can't
The latest fad in GOP circles is that when a GOP candidate, an elected official, or some GOP connected notable makes a racist crack, dig, slur is to issue a pious, indignant statement denouncing the racist quip or act. The new GOP fad was on ample display when Trump refused to denounce former Klan Kleagle David Duke's endorsement,
The White Oscars Tune Out is About Dollars, Dollar, Dollars
he ancient adage in TV commercial advertising is if people watch they'll buy. If they don't they won't. In other words, it's a numbers game, and the bigger the measured number of viewers who tune in to a TV show the more the cash registers jingle for the shows advertisers and sponsors. A tune out of a telecast poses grave peril to those hard spent ad dollars.
Monday, February 15, 2016(3 comments)
Obama Should Battle Harder than Ever for Scalia Successor
GOP leaders led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predictably wasted no time in swearing that anyone who President Obama named to replace the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia had zero chance of being confirmed. McConnell saw no contradiction in the fact that he had no trouble voting to confirm Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy to the high court in 1988, Reagan's final year in office.
Friday, February 12, 2016
No Mystery why Sanders and Clinton Trek to Sharpton
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and rival Hillary Clinton trek to a meeting with the Reverend Al Sharpton for two reasons. The first is Sharpton himself. President Obama paid absolutely no heed to the by now ritualistic anti-Sharpton name calling by the assorted menagerie of right wing talk show hosts, pundits, and unreconstructed bigots who take giddy delight in spinning the line that he is an ego driven, med
Tuesday, February 9, 2016(1 comments)
It's Still a Woman Thing with Hillary
Bill Clinton barely got the words out of his mouth lambasting the Bernie Sanders camp for what he bluntly said were attacks on Hillary that were to sexist and to "profane" to repeat when a Sanders campaign official shot back that the attack was "disappointing." Sanders for his part took the high road approach, acknowledged that he'd heard some nasty things from his supporters about Clinton, and demanded that they knock it off.
Thursday, February 4, 2016(5 comments)
Sorting out Fact from Fiction about Hillary's Iraq War Vote
hen Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 hammered her for it. 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders repeatedly hammers her for it. Even some have held up Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's opposition to the Iraq war to hammer her for it. The "it" is then New York Senator Hillary Clinton's vote for the 2002 Iraq War resolution.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016(2 comments)
Iowa was a Monster Win for Hillary
he conventional political wisdoms, that's right wisdoms, not wisdom, about Hillary Clinton before Iowa went like this. One, she bombed badly in Iowa in 2008, losing to both Obama and John Edwards, therefore if she doesn't do well in Iowa it will be 2008 all over again, and the wind will quickly taper to a faint breeze behind her campaign.
Sunday, January 31, 2016(1 comments)
Trump and Cruz are the GOP's, Not the Democrat's, Worst Nightmare
Vice President Joe Biden was not auditioning for a stint on SNL or appealing to divine providence when he quipped to a packed crowd of Democrats recently that the Republicans may have given the Democrats a "gift from the Lord" in the presidential race. The heavenly gift Biden
Winning Iowa and New Hampshire Won't do Much If Bernie Can't Win the Black Vote
Here's the big problem for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He will either win outright or make a powerful second place showing in both the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary on February 1. Why is that a problem? Simple, the wins will mean next to nothing. The two states are two of the whitest states in the country. Democratic voters in both states have a contrarian, quasi- populist streak. They have
Thursday, January 7, 2016(1 comments)
Shunning Hillary is the Prescription for a Trump-Cruz White House
Here's a horrific what if in the months after November 9, 2016. That's the day after the presidential election and the winner is declared. The nomination and confirmation of one, two, maybe even three more Antonin Scalias and Clarence Thomas's to the Supreme Court. The quick repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the shut-down of the Department of Education, the total scrap of the Dodd- Frank financial industry regulations, the de
Wednesday, December 30, 2015(1 comments)
What a Cosby Prosecution Means
There really should never have been much doubt that disgraced comedian Bill Cosby eventually would be charged with a sex related misconduct offense somewhere at some time. In the much discussed unsealed affidavit Cosby swore to in 2005, he confessed to giving drugs to one woman and getting drugs for other women he wanted to have sex with. This was tantamount to a smoking gun confirmation of what many of his alleged victims cla
Thursday, December 24, 2015(1 comments)
Here's how "President" Trump will Govern
There's no shortage of chatter about GOP Presidential contender Donald Trump campaigning. But almost nothing has been said about how a "President" Trump would actually govern. While there's no consensus that he can win the GOP nomination let alone the White House, there is a consensus that he has a real shot at being a real threat to win the GOP nomination and make a real run for the White House.
Sunday, December 20, 2015(8 comments)
The Democratic National Committee Treads on Perilous Ground with Sanders
The third Democratic presidential candidate's debate got a distant second ranking in headline news to the very public warfare between Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders and the Democratic National Committee. The charges and countercharges between Sanders and the DNC over access to voter data were bad enough.
Sunday, December 13, 2015(2 comments)
Why Cruz is far More Dangerous than Trump
The latest poll on the GOP presidential candidate's derby now has Texas Senator Ted Cruz steaming past prior front-runner Donald Trump in the crucial first out the box Iowa primary February 1.
The poll result tells much about why Cruz is far more dangerous than Trump. But there's more, much more, to tell why.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Trump Is the GOP's Frankenstein Creation
Two things happened within 24 hours of each other that almost certainly caused GOP leaders even more nervous anxiety over GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. One was his very Trump like pronouncement that all Muslims should be banned from the country. This roused the furor of nearly everyone who had access to a microphone and reporter's note pad. That foremost included President Obama.