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[29 Nov 2016 | One Comment | ]

Donald Trump continues to agonize over how much pain he can cause with his cabinet appointments and whom he plans to hurt the most.  It’s clear from his nominee for Secretary of Education, billionaire  Betsy DeVos, that he is for privatizing public education–and dismembering or  eliminating teachers unions.
One weird call was picking neurosurgeon Ben Carson for Housing and Urban Development, who recently admitted he has no earthly idea how to run a government bureaucracy. Carson’s only credential is that he was raised in a house in a city. I was …

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[28 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

Donald Trump told us he was going to “drain the swamp.” What he didn’t say was that he was going to set loose all its muck-laden alligators on the country–and the world.
At this writing he has appointed three top White House aides who don’t require confirmation by the Senate and two cabinet-level positions that require confirmation but are certain to be OK’d, although the Democratic minority may give them a hard time.

With the exception of Reince Priebus, his choice for chief of staff, all are disasters. Priebus is a vanilla, …

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[14 Nov 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

Even a fine béarnaise sauce cannot disguise the sickening taste of the crow I’ve been eating. I add my own culpa to those on the long list of pundits, pollsters and political mavens who got the important half wrong: the electoral vote. It’s small solace to win the popular vote.

This election will be studied for generations–especially FBI Director James Comey’s unprecedented actions– but likely no single answer will be found as to why so many got it so wrong, although Donald Trump’s data-analytics team spotted the trend late in the …

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[7 Nov 2016 | One Comment | ]

My head is spinning faster than that poor, devil-possessed little girl in “The Exorcist.” I’m sure most Americans, regardless of which political side they’re on, are experiencing the same cranial revolutions. The cause, of course, is FBI Director James Comey’s stunning announcement Sunday afternoon that, in effect, re-exonerates Hillary Clinton in the email investigation.

Last July he announced that although she was extremely careless in the handling of emails on her illicit home-brew server, there was not sufficient evidence to prosecute her. Then, just a bit more than a week ago, …

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[1 Nov 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

About a week ago Hillary Clinton was virtually coasting to victory–possibly in a landslide that not only would bring her a Democratic Senate, but put the House into play. Then FBI Director James Comey announced Friday, in a vague letter to congressional leaders, that the case of Hillary Clinton’s emails was being reinvestigated due to discovery of “pertinent” new emails in a separate investigation. He noted the FBI could not “assess whether this material may be significant.”

What is significant is that the announcement came only 11 days before election day–in …

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[25 Oct 2016 | One Comment | ]

By most national polls  respect for “the media,” among all political persuasions, is in the toilet. That’s because of the atomization of “media” collectively, from the proliferation of cable channels–especially the creation of strongly partisan ones–to websites, blogs and other creatures of the internet ( like the one you’re reading now).
There is no longer such thing as a universal  “truth” or “fact,” because we each get to pick our own and stick with it, verified by our medium of choice. Not even George Orwell could have foreseen this, but he …

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[19 Oct 2016 | 3 Comments | ]

Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump “an equal-opportunity insulter,” thanks to a long list of  invectives aimed at  women, African Americans, Mexicans and other Latinos, Muslims, Syrians, people with disabilities, prisoners of war, Republicans who disagree with him and on and on.
One minority group Trump doesn’t  mention by name is Jews–though he has sent out plenty of anti-Semitic dogwhistles to the hate-groups who support him openly or tacitly. He is smart enough to avoid mentioning Jews since his daughter Ivanka converted to Orthodox Judaism to marry Jared Kushner, a right-wing multimillionaire …

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[11 Oct 2016 | One Comment | ]

Barring some extraordinary finding about Hillary Clinton within the next four weeks, love her or hate her, she will be your president come mid-January. It’s been heading in that direction for a couple of weeks now, beginning with the first debate back on September 26. Day by day her lead over Donald Trump gradually widened in national and most swing-state polls.
This past weekend, however, was one of the weirdest–and most consequential–of any presidential race I can recall.

First came the now famous “locker room talk” videotape wherein Trump boasted that being …

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[4 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

Last week’s column was headlined “The Definitive Week?”  Little did I realize how definitive it  would be.
I expected Hillary Clinton to win the debate if judged by traditional standards. I felt Donald Trump might hold his own with theatrics but was unlikely to “go nuclear.”  I had no idea how overwhelmingly she would win or how much he would hurt himself.

All the professional, scientific polls had her the winner by up to 40 points–more than double his score, meaning that plenty of Republicans agreed he lost , even though he …

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[25 Sep 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

Just when you thought Hillary Clinton was on a losing downslide–due to a couple of self-inflicted wounds–she appears to have bottomed out and begun a slow but sure incremental uptick. Little doubt that she now leads Donald Trump nationally by 3-4 points again, just as the first debate comes upon us. (I write, of course, prior to that event.)

Trump still holds slim leads or ties in some major battleground states, but at the moment they cannot put him over the top. Further, the battleground states are a lagging indicator and …