Trump and Cruz make Obama look like an honoree on Mount Rushmore

  At this writing, the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll shows President Obama’s approval rating 10 percentage points to the good side (53 percent to 43 percent). It’s been that way through much of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, despite — or perhaps because of — all the insults hurled Obama’s way by the GOP candidates. We have several interesting factors at play in all of this: For starters, Obama has been a pretty good president by any objective standards. No, he isn’t ranked among...

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Senate Repubs want to consider a court pick made by Trump or Hillary, not Obama?

There’s a question mark at the end of the headline above for one simple reason: The very notion of Senate Republicans taking such a position is illogical. Nay, it’s downright crazy. With 10 m0nths remaining in his current four-year term as president, Barack Obama has nominated a fairly moderate federal judge to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. The nominee, Merrick Garland, won Senate approval by a wide margin for appointment to the judgeship he holds now. Many Republicans have sung his praises. But Mitch McConnell (above)...

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Let’s not forget the programmed disdain for Obama that began Rubio’s downfall

  Sen. Marco Rubio’s withdrawal last night from the race for the Republican presidential nomination will now spawn a raft of perfunctory post-mortems on the failure of his once-promising candidacy. But an important underlying factor likely will be missed in most of these retrospectives. Yes, it will be pointed out that Rubio blundered by getting down in the gutter with Donald Trump. The Florida senator’s snarky remarks about the size of The Donald’s male member will be cited as especially foolish. And yes, much will be...

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Hillary vs. the un-Obama in November?

    The results of yesterday’s primaries and caucuses in more than a dozen states make it ever more likely that the outcome of this year’s general election will pivot to a certain extent on competing views of Barack Obama’s presidency. This is going to make more than a few Republicans squirm uncomfortably. Lots of rank-and-file GOPers have eagerly swallowed the party line that Obama has been a failure as president. But, of course, that’s a false judgment if you consider the terrible situation Obama inherited...

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Trump and his fans seem to think Congress doesn’t exist

  Surveys show that Donald Trump’s supporters know less than most other Americans about how the federal government works. It’s hard to say whether Trump apparently is fully aware of this widespread ignorance among his worshippers, but he exploits it regularly. Rarely, if ever, does he talk about proposing some program to Congress or asking lawmakers to join with him in trying to solve some problem. Rather, he pretends that he can just snap his fingers and things will change according to his will. A perfect example of this...

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