Why does John McCain continue to defend Sarah Palin?

    One has to wonder if Sarah Palin has something on John McCain, something that prevents him from ever uttering a disparaging word about her. When Palin clownishly endorsed the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, a man who has insultingly questioned McCain’s heroism in the Vietnam War, McCain reacted almost approvingly. “I respect her view,” he said. “I have great affection and appreciation for her. I respect what she does.” Appreciation for her? As McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential race,...

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Would traditional Republicans run a third-party candidate against Trump?

    Here’s an irony for you: A few months ago, the poohbahs of the Republican Party were worried that Donald Trump might mount a third-party challenge if he doesn’t win the GOP presidential nomination. That kind of thing likely would be good for the Democrats. Now, suddenly, certain elements of the Republican establishment — columnist George Will and neo-conservative opinionist Bill Kristol, to name two — are at least toying with the possibility of running a third-party candidate against Trump, if he’s...

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Donald Trump is not unlike George Wallace

    One of the advantages (if that’s the word for it) of being my age is that I’m old enough to remember a lot of the social, cultural and political goings-on in the America of half a century ago. Take, for example, the national political rise of arch-segregationist George Wallace back in the 1960s. What a character he was, and what a bigot. I once attended a Wallace rally — but only as an observer, mind you. It was a scary experience, not so much because of Wallace’s rhetoric as the ugly demeanor among his...

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Jeb Bush’s only hope is to relentlessly attack Donald Trump and beat him to a pulp

  One short year ago, Jeb Bush seemed likely to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. But that was then, and this is now, as the old saying goes. Today, Jeb’s candidacy is on life support. His poll numbers are worse than pathetic, and almost no one is holding out hope that he can make a comeback. Putting it another way, Bush has got nothing to lose by throwing away his old playbook and pulling out all the stops in an  effort to bring down the current front-runner, Donald Trump. The potential advantages of this...

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Don’t let Donald Trump’s standing in the polls diminish your Christmas spirit

      The very fact that you’re reading this post suggests that your interest in politics is somewhat greater than that of most Americans. That’s an important factor in the point I’m making here. The truth of the matter, as some political scientists will tell you, is that most people aren’t yet paying a lot of attention to the 2016 presidential race. Oh, sure, just about everyone seems aware that Donald Trump is leading in the polls on the Republican side and that Hillary Clinton is likely to win the...

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