What will wingnuts do now that Obama is gone?

  Today’s transfer of power in the White House is fraught with ironies, not the least of which is that polls show that the outgoing president is much more popular than the new guy. More to the point, the departure of Barack Obama deprives the right-wing crazies, a noisy minority, of the principal target of their political invective. The time has passed for Obama to do all the evil deeds the wackos have long predicted. He wasn’t born in Africa. He’s not a Muslim.  He didn’t seize everyone’s guns. He...

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Donald Trump doesn’t understand the science of polling

President-elect Donald Trump’s says that polls showing his approval ratings at historically low levels as his inauguration draws near should be taken with a big grain of salt. . “The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls, Trump said today. “They are rigged just like before.” . The problem with that analysis is that there’s little or no evidence to support it. Trump, like so many other Americans, simply doesn’t understand the science of polling....

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Trump makes Obama look truly great

  In my book, Barack Obama has been a pretty good president, especially considering the obstacles placed in his way by shameless Republicans in Congress and by right-wing kooks in the underbelly of the Internet. But Obama is downright great when you compare him to his immediate successor, Donald John Trump. Granted, Trump has not yet taken office, but when he finally takes the oath next week, his lack of popularity will be worse than any other newly elected president in American history. Meanwhile, Obama leaves office on a wave of pretty...

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Mark my words: Trump is doomed

    My record in making predictions about Donald Trump’s political career is not an enviable one, I have to admit. I publicly said he wouldn’t run for president, but I was wrong. I also missed the mark in predicting that he wouldn’t win the Republican nomination, and I missed again when I said he would never defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election. But here’s where I redeem myself: The Donald is not going to serve a full four-year term in the White House. He’ll either be impeached or forced to...

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The crackpot cometh

    The American body politic seems afflicted by a discernible sense of dread as the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as our 45th president draws near. The Donald pretends that he won a thumping mandate in the November election, but it’s just not true. His principal rival got millions more votes than he did. Moreover, the general populace is concerned that Trump is not up to the challenges he will face as the nation’s chief executive. The results of a poll conducted just last week dramatize the situation. Jeffrey M. Jones...

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