Will it be an election battle between two angry senior citizens born in New York City?

  This is the year of the politically unlikely. If I had told you a year ago that the respective winners of this week’s New Hampshire Democratic and Republican primary elections would be two anti-establishment senior citizens born in New York City, you might have thought that I live in a state where marijuana is legal. But that’s the way it turned out, isn’t it? Bernie Sanders is 74 years old, and Donald Trump will turn 70 in June. They’re older than all of  the rivals they’ve faced in their bids for...

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On several counts, Cruz victory in Iowa caucuses is good news for Democrats

    As if by magic, Iowa Republicans made the worst possible choice the winner of the party’s presidential caucuses last night. The victory for Ted Cruz was doubly delicious in that he finished ahead of the loony Donald Trump. The Democrats could hardly have asked for better results. Cruz is widely detested among GOP leaders. Almost all of his Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate hate him. He’s an unapologetic extremist. He makes Trump seem like Theodore Roosevelt. He is utterly charmless and holds little appeal...

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Will GOP nominate Trump? Or will it be Cruz? Either way is fine with me

    As a lifelong devout liberal, it doesn’t really matter much to me whether Republicans choose Donald Trump or Ted Cruz as their presidential nominee this year. If it’s either one of those kooks, the GOP is going to lose in November. If Republicans opt instead for one of their other candidates…well, I may not be quite so confident that the Democrats will win. But it seems to me that the GOP is doomed if Trump or Cruz is at the top of the ticket. What makes me so confident? For one thing, I expect Hillary Clinton...

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Despite his Hispanic surname, Ted Cruz misinterprets a Spanish term

      You’ve heard by now, no doubt, that Donald Trump is reluctant to participate in tomorrow night’s Republican debate on the Fox News Channel if Megyn Kelly is one of the moderators. The Donald says Kelly was unfair to him when she mentioned at a previous debate that he has a penchant for saying nasty, sexist things about women. But that’s not the subject at hand here. Rather, my focus is something Ted Cruz said yesterday. He invited Trump to a two-man debate, and he did so with a popular misuse of a...

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National Review is trying to slay the scary monster it helped create

    Every now and again, I’ve been reading the conservative journal National Review almost since the celebrated William F. Buckley Jr. founded it more than 50 years ago. But only rarely in recent years has the magazine offered anything more than a mildly interesting measure of what’s been on the minds of the pseudo-intellectuals on the political right. More often than not — especially since the advent of the Internet, Fox News and right-wing talk radio — National Review has been of negligible importance. Bill...

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