We have gone through the second round of debates among 20 Democrats running for president. The most recent sessions might be described as the elimination round of a game show.
It is hard to get an assessment of any candidate when they are talking, in a two-plus hour period, for just nine or ten minutes – with nine other people are also trying to make an impression on the voting public. It is not a great way to sort things out, but there aren’t a lot of appropriate alternatives. Continue reading
First, a brief Alabama limerick from Politics and Other Stuff editor Paul Fisk:
Twice kicked from the bench he did sit on
Roy Moore chose the Senate to bid on
Now they showed him the door
And so much for Roy Moore
And the same to the horse he rode in on
Decency wins (Senator Jeff Flake)
The Buffalo News ran an interesting interview this past Saturday with former members of Congress John LaFalce and Tom Reynolds. It was just as I would have expected from these two old friends – staking out their respective political positions but nonetheless remaining civil and respectful of the other’s positions. I would say how welcoming, except that these fellows are not in Congress anymore. Continue reading
By Paul Fisk
In the aftermath of last fall’s election
We’ve made our constitutional selection
Donald Trump will here stay
But it pains me to say
It’s despite a majority rejection Continue reading
Where to begin?
I was blindsided as much as at least half the country Tuesday night. It is going to take an extended period of time to see what this election means. Elections have consequences.
I think the campaign, as a previous post noted, was rigged by some Republican-controlled state governments that worked to restrict voting opportunities. But the polls were open everywhere on Tuesday, with people free to come and vote. Fewer did so than four years ago. More people voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump. Imagine what would be going on today if Trump had more votes and Clinton won the Electoral College. Continue reading
Next Monday, September 5th, is Labor Day. It used to be considered the unofficial start of presidential election campaigns. There was always a big rally in Detroit for the Democratic candidate. I do not recall if there was a comparable Republican event – perhaps on Wall Street? Continue reading
My friend and mentor, Joe Crangle, taught me many things. Some were very specific to the campaign at hand, but other pieces of wisdom were basic life-guiding principles.
There was one lesson that I learned more than 40 years ago that has stayed with me all this time. It is very simple: “never write or say anything that you won’t mind seeing on the front page of tomorrow morning’s newspaper.” Continue reading
Things are moving along in the 2016 presidential sweepstakes. Candidates are all visiting the full-sized buttered cow at the Iowa State Fair. Millions of dollars are being raised and spent. The talking heads on TV are going into overdrive.
The focus so far has been on the Republican field of candidates. More on that later in this post. This article is mostly about the Democratic field, such as it is. And also, what that field says about the state of the national Democratic Party going into 2016. Continue reading