Donald Trump at the Movies

The best movie ever made about American politics is Michael Ritchie’s 1972 move, The Candidate. It speaks very directly to what’s wrong with the Trump Campaign today. The movie is about an idealistic California liberal, Bill McKay, (played by Robert Redford), who is talked into running a long shot campaign for the Senate by political […]

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A Joke Gone Bad

In response to Donald Trump’s apparent suggestion that someone kill Hillary Clinton to protect gun rights, Congressman Paul Ryan dismissed it as “a joke gone bad.”  Although trivializing another Trump appeal to violence probably isn’t a good thing, I think Ryan has put a button on the whole Trump phenomena.  The whole Trump campaign is […]

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The New Rockefeller

In 1964, Nelson Rockefeller was the odd man out at the Republican National Convention. His brand of big government, socially progressive Republicanism had been killed by Barry Goldwater, who took the nomination. Goldwater was humiliated by President Johnson in the election, but he had redefined the Party. Richard Nixon won the 1968 Republican nomination and […]

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Google Glass and its Antagonists

As unique and daring a product as Google Glass is, it’s hard not to dislike its users. Glass users (or “Glassholes” in contemporary snark) are displaying not so much their hipness with technology, but their access to exclusivity. Google Glass is difficult to get and expensive to buy; in that sense, it’s no different than […]

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A Nation of Hot and Cold Running Presidents

What America needs is a Bill James of politics — someone who can crunch the numbers to predict elections not simply based on polls, but before meaningful polls even occur.  I am not that person, but I am prepared whoever the right person is to give him or her a good start. Unlike our mates, […]

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When a Country is a Little Bit Pregnant

There’s an interesting post an Alexander Stille in the New Yorker with some information from a recent poll in France: Seven per cent of French people (according to the last C.N.C.D.H. report) acknowledge being “rather racist,” while another twenty-two per cent consider themselves “a little racist,” twenty-five per cent “not very racist,” and forty-four per cent described […]

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The Next Solidarity

Interesting column in the Times today from Hao Qun, a novelist and blogger from China.  He was having a meal with some other bloggers, trying to figure out who will be the next person to be arrested by the government.  Microblogging, according to Hao, has become the public square for China, the only way for […]

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The Origin of the Republicans’ Political Strategy

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Anthony Wiener, Human Spam

What I find most interesting about the Wiener scandal is everyone’s assumption that he should quit the race.  In politics, once you’ve been caught in a lie about your personal life, you typically resign (Lying in your professional life, however, is completely acceptable.) But Wiener won’t quit the race until the absolute last second.  I’m […]

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Edsall Nails It

In his new article, The Decline of Black Power in the South, The NY Times Thomas Edsall nails it. The long-term importance of Republican success controlling the redistricting process is that it provides the party with a tool to counter the growing strength of black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters. Republican control of Congressional district lines […]

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The End of Reconstruction 2.0

The pundit argument coming out of the last election that the Republican Party must make an immigration deal to appeal to Latino voters has just gone out the window. Rather than changing the Party’s message or even its positions to appeal to Latinos, it’s a heck of a lot easier to just disenfranchise them — […]

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For 2 Countries, Success Means Trouble

Turkey’s economy has boomed this past decade.  As reported in the Economist: In 2010 and 2011 the economy grew by a China-like 9%, leading to serious fears of overheating. GDP growth slowed to 2% in 2012. Despite surprisingly strong first-quarter figures this week, it is likely to be only 3-4% this year, not enough to […]

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