On civility, politicians, and owning up to what you do or say; gubernatorial candidates and other such things

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

WOW! 

                        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

The Trump administration is a big question mark

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

Hillary and Steve — emails and judgment

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

Hillary Clinton’s problems; the national Democratic Party’s problems; plus, how right-wing is the 2016 Republican Party?

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

Hillary Clinton’s litmus test for potential Supreme Court nominees

As you may have noticed, there will be an election for President of the United States in 2016. What you may not be paying as much attention to, however, is that the next president may get to appoint a justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Supreme Court justices serve lifetime terms. Occasionally a justice will resign or retire, but often only death creates a vacancy on the Court. Continue reading