Tuesday December 01, 2015
August 20th, 2015
When you eat a bowl of Simply Granola in the morning, you may think you’re making a healthy start to the day, courtesy of Quaker Oats. But you’re taking in the amount of sugar in almost four Oreo cookies.
Bernie Sanders is an unlikely phenomenon.
Something strange is happening in the Republican primary — something strange, that is, besides the Trump phenomenon. For some reason, just about all the leading candidates other than The Donald have taken a deeply unpopular position, a known political loser, on a major domestic policy issue. And it’s interesting to ask why.
A small-sample poll in New Hampshire shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton by 44 percent to 37, six months before the state's first-in-the-nation 2016 presidential primary. At the same time, Sanders is drawing huge crowds in cities around the country where he was virtually unknown when he threw his hat in the ring. What's going on?
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.