Heavy on criticism, light on solutions

So North Korea tested…something, maybe a hydrogen bomb although there’s reason to be skeptical about that, but something nuclear, on Wednesday, and Republican candidates are lining up to unload on President Obama and Hillary Clinton over it. Which, hey, it’s an election year, this is what happens. But when the talk turns to what any… Continue reading Heavy on criticism, light on solutions

Here are a bunch of crazy things that got said in the GOP debates yesterday

Despite feeling like I would much rather have been regrouting the bathroom tile or mulching my yard or something, I really did try to watch both of the Republican debates yesterday. I guess I could try to write some kind of analytical thing about what was said, but as that would risk imparting a level… Continue reading Here are a bunch of crazy things that got said in the GOP debates yesterday

Self-delusion is a hell of a drug

One of the peculiar things I’ve always wondered about when it comes to presidential politics is how governors who aren’t even popular in their home states (no offense to you personally, Governor Jindal) can possibly think they’ve got a prayer of being elected president. Thankfully I now have my answer, courtesy of New Jersey’s own… Continue reading Self-delusion is a hell of a drug

Is it too late to get Mitt back?

In the latest news from the 2016 circus clown cavalcade, Governor Chris “solitary confinement for anybody who visits Africa” Christie thinks that parents should be allowed to decide for themselves whether or not their children should be able to infect other people’s infants with life-threatening yet thoroughly preventable diseases: Mr. Christie, when asked about the… Continue reading Is it too late to get Mitt back?

Counting down to the return of “Whose Balls Are Bigger?” foreign policy

Chris Christie, who has rebounded somewhat from his various scandals to hold a slight lead in Real Clear Politics’ GOP 2016 Average, is trying to learn about foreign policy, but per usual where he’s concerned, only a flimsy tough guy veneer is apparently sticking (via): A few days after Russian forces invaded Crimea, Gov. Chris… Continue reading Counting down to the return of “Whose Balls Are Bigger?” foreign policy

Sail on, silver girl, sail on by

As I wrote a few days ago, I was away over the weekend, taking advantage of a long school weekend to take my daughter to visit her grandparents (FYI posting may continue to be a little light for a while; I want to be able to start writing about what’s happening in Russia and Ukraine,… Continue reading Sail on, silver girl, sail on by

how come republicans don’t talk so good?

Paul Ryan, on Morning Joe, the three-hour block of center-right DC conventional wisdom broadcast daily by the “liberal cable network,” was asked what Republicans are willing to put on the table as a concession, to match President Obama’s concession to starve old people to death raise taxes on the destitute enact chained CPI. Here’s how… Continue reading how come republicans don’t talk so good?