Wednesday August 05, 2015
February 5th, 2015
As the likely coronation of Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee quietly progresses without serious opposition, the Republicans seem to be working overtime publicizing an abundance of long shots hoping to be her challenger.
"You can't be a Monday morning quarterback on something like the weather," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said right after the snow.
Oh really? On Tuesday morning we hurled second guesses and grievances the way Tom Brady tosses an inadequately inflated football.
And now for a look at the Democratic presidential field for 2016 -- hey, hold on, where'd everybody go?
All right, at the moment there's little suspense. Make that no suspense. If Hillary Clinton wants the nomination -- and there's no indication to the contrary -- she can have it. Winning the general election is another story, but the Republican Party seems willing to be more of an aid than an impediment.
It's good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem. And some are even looking to solutions beyond making the rich richer through tax cuts. As we've seen, rising stock prices do not necessarily lead to jobs -- for Americans, that is.
Master curmudgeon H.L. Mencken wrote, “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.”
Mencken wrote this knowing that, as societies go, ours is a beacon of higher thought and inquiry. At the same time, he bemoaned “the virulence of the national appetite for bogus revelation.”
Which brings us to measles and Disneyland.
So Greece has elected a new anti- austerity government and, as of this writing at least, the nation remains in the euro, financial markets are calm, and the world continues to revolve around the sun. Now comes the hard part.
The parents who are against vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and other childhood diseases have proved a point - and it's a scary one. They are no longer just putting their own kids at risk. By taking their unvaccinated children to the happiest place on Earth and touching off a measles outbreak at Disneyland, the anti-vaxxers put hundreds of other children in jeopardy, too.
So I suppose you heard about the latest e-cigarette study, the one that said that the vapors e-cigarette users inhale contain multiple forms of formaldehyde. It was much in the news last week, after its authors, five scientists from Portland State University, published a peer-reviewed letter outlining their findings in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.
The political chattering classes, who love a good story, are obsessed with the battle for the establishment choice for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination: Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney or throw in a little Chris Christie.
Bush and Romney are marquee names in U.S. politics and the Republicans haven't nominated an anti-establishment candidate since Barry Goldwater more than a half century ago.