Thursday November 26, 2015
August 20th, 2015
W. B. Yeats' "The Second Coming," written in 1919, is my nominee for the most cited poem in political commentary. The line invoked most -- "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity" -- is irresistible. It's always tempting to assume that the side we oppose brings vast reservoirs of demonic energy to bear against our own sad and bedraggled allies.
As if we did not already know it before Fox News' Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Donald Trump can dish out barbs against other people, but he can't take 'em.
"The questions to me were far tougher," he told reporters after the debate. "I didn't think they were appropriate. And I thought Megyn behaved very badly, personally."
Everything that is wrong with Donald Trump -- that makes him such a danger to the Republican Party and to the country -- emerged in the opening minutes of Thursday's debate in his response to Megyn Kelly' question about misogyny.
"You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals,'" Kelly noted.
Successful economies need healthy banks. In 2008, the errors of the U.S. banking system crashed the global economy. Seven years later, the recovery in the U.S. and elsewhere is still tepid-- and the failure to get the financial system working as it should is one reason why.
For all the political expectations of blood on the floor in the main Republican presidential "debate" in Cleveland the other night, all 13 participants in the affair produced by the Fox News Channel still seem to be standing.
What did the men who would be president talk about during last week’s prime-time Republican debate? Well, there were 19 references to God, while the economy rated only 10 mentions. Republicans in Congress have voted dozens of times to repeal all or part of Obamacare, but the candidates only named President Barack Obama’s signature policy nine times over the course of two hours. And energy, another erstwhile GOP favorite, came up only four times.
Only one candidate in last week’s Republican presidential debate was asked to directly address the Black Lives Matter movement, and that candidate was Gov. Scott Walker.
Moderator Megyn Kelly asked Walker:
I’ve been hesitant to start writing about Donald Trump.
I was worried that if I wrote something that made him mad, he would send out one of his midnight mordant tweets about me, something like “She started as a 3. Now she’s a 1.”
It begins with a relatively minor incident: A traffic stop. A burglary. A disturbance. Police arrive and tensions escalate. It ends with an unarmed black man shot dead.
That pattern played out in March in Madison, Wisconsin, where police responded to reports of a man yelling and jumping in traffic.
We like to boast of America as the “land of opportunity,” and historically there is truth to that.
“We have never been a nation of haves and have-nots,” Sen. Marco Rubio once declared. “We are a nation of haves and soon-to-haves, of people who have made it and of people who will make it.”