Initial Debate Reaction

Despite his attempts to attack Hillary Clinton’s stamina, it was Donald Trump’s lack of stamina that brought him down in tonight’s debate. Trump started out the debate attempting to be calm and appearing presidential, with a side of sniffing. Hillary Clinton took one big shot at him at the start to get under his skin – attacking…

Almost Certain to be Wrong Debate Predictions

Trump: I think Trump will do his best to appear reasonable. His campaign’s strategy has been to lower expectations and Trump will hope to clear the lowered bar with a step rather than a leap. I think he has some planned attacks on Clinton over the emails and will also try to paint her as…

Facts, and Those Who Should Check Them 

In the run up to the debates, both sides have spent significant time working the refs and debating the role of the moderator. As their candidate has a tenuous relationship with facts, Trump supporters have argued that moderators should not engage in fact-checking during the debate. And, because we can’t have nice things, we got a…

The Republican Wars to Come

As a result of the private conversations of dynastic political families being published on Facebook, we learned this week that former President George H.W. Bush will vote for Hillary Clinton in this election. On its face, the notion that a former Republican president would vote for the wife of the man who ended his own…

Zero Points

Today, Donald Trump tried to put the birther issue to bed by declaring that President Obama was born in the United States. Yet, Trump’s grudging admission of an undisputed fact was wrapped in two blatant lies. He claimed that Hillary Clinton started the birther controversy and that he “finished it.” Both of these statements are…

This Week Showed that Clinton has to Make a Case for Herself

A slew of new polls show that the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is tightening. Concern among liberals has been tempered somewhat by the fact that these polls came after a disastrous week for Clinton. She had the “deplorables” comment last Friday and over the weekend, the controversy over her pneumonia. Both pale in…

Trump Campaign Straight Up Lies About His Birther Position

In an interview today, Donald Trump again refused to say that President Obama was born in the United States. Later, his campaign released a press release claiming he now acknowledges that President Obama was born in the United States. The statement contains this sculpture of bullshit: In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring…

Hillary Clinton Did Not Tell Us She Had Pneumonia And That’s Ok

Hillary Clinton’s recent bout with pneumonia has dominated the news today. In typical fashion, a story that would have had a short shelf life was given wings by Clinton’s attempt to suppress it. Now, the revelation that Clinton has pneumonia has led to absurd speculation about her health and questioning whether she is fit enough…

Dallas Morning News Endorses Hillary Clinton

In a surprising move, Dallas Morning News endorsed Hillary Clinton. Endorsements of local newspapers are rapidly losing their importance. However, the DMN’s endorsement is significant because the paper has not endorsed a Democrat since before World War II. The fact that a venerable, Republican-leaning paper would not only discard Trump but make a persuasive, if…

If only Obama had thought of that 

During the campaign, Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed he has a secret plan to defeat ISIS. He also claims to know more about ISIS than the generals in the U.S. military.  Apparently forgetting the first and second rule of Fight Club and secret plans, Trump revealed his secret plan today. His plan is to convene his…

Oops

Due to either a software error or my clumsy hands, I inadvertently posted several unfinished drafts of some discarded posts. I’ve taken down the rogue posts. However, email subscribers may have stil been subjected to several arrays of disjointed ramblings. My apologies for the confusion. I’ll be back to posting slightly more thought-out pieces soon.  Photo…

The Email Issue Undercuts Clinton’s Best Case for Herself

On Friday, the FBI released the notes from its interview with Hillary Clinton during the investigation into her use of her private email server. The notes do not contain any bombshells but they reinforce and reaffirm the basic criticisms of Clinton. Namely, that Clinton was either careless, deceptive, or incompetent in her handling of the…