Deep electoral thoughts

Consider this: if somebody had told you a year ago that by early May the Democratic primary would be closer than the Republican primary*, without Joe Biden getting into the race, would you have believed them? I don’t think I would have. * I realize that both contests are effectively over, math-wise, but with Cruz… Continue reading Deep electoral thoughts

Well, if anybody should know…

The 2016 campaign just keeps getting more absurd: Mitt Romney on Wednesday raised questions about Donald Trump’s taxes that strikingly resembled attacks used against the former GOP presidential nominee four years ago. “Frankly, I think we have a good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes,” Romney said in an interview… Continue reading Well, if anybody should know…

If it were any other candidate…

Maybe I’m missing something here, but a candidate who wins two of his or her party’s first three primaries (caucuses, whatever), and has significant, if not commanding, leads in polling for most of the next round of primaries (at least those for which any decent polling exists), should be considered the prohibitive favorite to win… Continue reading If it were any other candidate…

A simple question

Tell me in the comments: did anybody out there actually believe that Donald Trump was telling the truth about this? For months, Donald Trump has claimed that he opposed the Iraq War before the invasion began — as an example of his great judgment on foreign policy issues. But in a 2002 interview with Howard… Continue reading A simple question

Marco Rubio and the problem of words and their meanings

I’m not a historian of American politics, but I pay a fair bit of attention to what goes on, and I honestly can’t think of any primary candidate who’s gotten more media traction without winning a single contest, or really having any expectations of winning any in the near future, than Marco Rubio. This is… Continue reading Marco Rubio and the problem of words and their meanings

The right temperament for the job

Republican presidential candidate (and modern-day hybrid of Walt Whitman and Martin Luther King) Marco Rubio, was last seen desperately working to dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing (SPOILER: he knows exactly what he’s doing). Today, Rubio was the subject of a piece by Buzzfeed’s McKay… Continue reading The right temperament for the job