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A big crop of nuts has rolled into the Republican Party

Since the mid-20th century when Republicans and Democrats began their slow march toward separate ends of the political spectrum, the share of GOP voters with curiously weird ideas has steadily increased. In 2016, that has become a disturbing problem for the party establishment as the two candidates...

The 2016 presidential campaign has become a giant reality show

The cable news networks have a hit on their hands. If you are a political junkie like I am, you will have noticed that, for months now, the news on CNN, Fox and MSNBC has been dominated by the presidential campaign. Dominated may be too mild a word, actually, since on many evenings the cable news...

McConnell won't let Obama seal his legacy with Scalia's replacement

Short of nominating a clone of Antonin Scalia, Barack Obama has about as much chance of getting a Supreme Court nominee approved by Senate Republicans as he does of convincing the average GOP voter that his Hawaiian birth certificate is genuine. Scalia, the demigod of conservative jurisprudence,...

Hillary Clinton is losing the votes of young women to Bernie Sanders

It is bad enough to lose the New Hampshire primary by more than 20 percentage points to a septuagenarian socialist, but when you also lose the votes of young women by an even more lopsided margin, it really stings if you happen to be the first female in history with a serious shot at becoming president...

New Hampshire winners share one attribute: authenticity

Authenticity, whether perceived or real, was a big winner in the New Hampshire presidential primary. Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and John Kasich, in their own very distinct ways, are the three candidates who not only made the best showing, but appeared to be the most comfortable in their own skins....

Will Marco Rubio survive his mauling by Chris Christie?

One of the prime questions to be answered by today's New Hampshire primary is whether Marco Rubio was seriously damaged by Chris Christie's verbal assault during Saturday's debate between the rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. Bizarrely, Rubio returned to the same talking point...

Ted Cruz embraces apocalyptic preachers and anti-gay militants

No question, the contestants for the Republican presidential nomination are a very conservative bunch, but there is something that sets Texas Sen. Ted Cruz apart from the pack: his endorsements from some of the religious right’s kookiest voices. Where the 2008 GOP nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain,...

After Iowa, Republican pragmatists are left with no choice but Rubio

Donald Trump may have hit a ceiling of support — at least that’s a prime storyline coming out of the Iowa caucuses where he came in second to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. But an equally significant story is that the roof crashed in on Jeb Bush and the Republican establishment. For Trump, Iowa will be a...

Iowa caucuses leave Hillary Clinton as the lone option for centrists

On the morning of the Iowa caucuses, I received the following text message from a friend in South Dakota: “Oh holy heck! Please tell me by some miracle a new candidate will just somehow appear and save the day in Iowa. Just not feeling good about this whole thing. We are talking future leader of...

Rebel rancher is a pitiful casualty in a ludicrous cause

The death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, the 54-year-old Arizona rancher who headed north to “liberate” an Oregon wildlife refuge from the United States government, is sad and pitiful. Some of the self-appointed vigilantes who are challenging the right of federal authorities to manage Western rangelands...

Cruz slams 'New York values,' but New Yorker Trump romps ahead

One would think that, after Sept. 11, 2001, it would be hard to get political traction by attacking “New York values.” In the days after 9/11, the resilient and often heroic response of New Yorkers to the catastrophic terror attack proved that, even in the nation’s largest and most diverse city,...

Sarah Palin joins Trump, Clinton and the unusual cast of campaign 2016

Tina Fey’s latest portrayal of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live was not just comedic perfection, it was a demonstration of how bizarre the 2016 campaign for president has become. Neither Fey nor Darrell Hammond (who inhabits his Donald Trump impersonation almost as completely as Fey does her...

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders offer Democrats an imperfect choice

There have been candidates for president who were truly adored by Democrats. Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy are the prime examples, but also Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Other candidates in other times, however, made Democrats doubt they were putting their best person forward. Hubert...

Conservatism redefined as Palin and Schlafly stump for Trump

In her endorsement speech on behalf of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin mentioned “squirmishes that have been running on for centuries” in reference to the endless battles between factions in the Middle East. Palin’s malapropism was just one of many weird passages in her 20-minute riff, and standing awkwardly...

Livid Trump lovers reject Nikki Haley's warning about 'angry voices'

The full parameter of the Republican Party’s civil war became starkly clear on Tuesday night when South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley charged into rhetorical battle with the angry, anti-establishment wing of her party that has made Donald Trump the current leader in the race for the GOP presidential...

Barack Obama and Nikki Haley both call for an end to vicious politics

President Obama’s final State of the Union address was, in large part, a defense of his seven years in office -- from proud assertions of the success of his economic policies to a detailed justification of his much-criticized restraint in foreign affairs. But the president made one admission of...

Will Donald Trump crash the Golden Globes?

With the Golden Globes on Sunday, we have entered the heart of the awards season. The Grammys are coming up and, at the end of February, the big one: the Academy Awards. With so much attention aimed at so many stars, how will the country’s biggest political prima donna be able to resist a grab...

George Washington would not side with the West's sagebrush rebels

The armed militants who have taken over a national wildlife refuge in southeast Oregon need to study their country’s earliest history. They justify their actions with a bogus interpretation of American law rooted in ideas born in the Reconstruction-era South that essentially denies the authority...

Ragged old year brought hope on climate change and same-sex marriage

Between the horrible bookends of the terrorist attack against the French cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo in January and the late-in-the-year jihadist strikes on innocent Parisians and on a holiday party in San Bernardino, there was not much to redeem 2015 in the news. The presidential campaign provided...

ISIS takes on the world and is bound to lose

Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the elusive leader of Islamic State’s nascent caliphate, has issued a new threat, saying that Israel has come into the sights of his terrorist horde. Although this news should be alarming to Israelis, it is more evidence that the outsize ambitions of ISIS far exceed the group’s...

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