Thursday February 11, 2016
October 12th, 2015
Why is it wrong for Volkswagen to lie (if it did lie) about whether its cars meet emission standards, but uncontroversial for HBO to lie (if it is lying) about whether Jon Snow is dead?
Everyone knows what Volkswagen is accused of. If you're puzzled by the reference to Jon Snow, we'll get to him in a minute. But first, let me tell a brief story.
One group was not surprised by the collapse of Kevin McCarthy's campaign for speaker: The ultra-conservatives inside and outside the House who have made clear since the rise of the tea party that they have no use for politics as usual.
You must admit: This is turning out to be one of the most entertaining presidential contests we've ever experienced. What's interesting about the Republican primary is the fact that three outsiders lead the pack. What's interesting on the Democratic side is how economic populism has become the dominant theme. Everybody's channeling Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, even Hillary Clinton.
So Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who was supposed to succeed John Boehner as speaker of the House, won’t be pursuing the job after all. He would have faced a rough ride both winning the post and handling it under the best of circumstances, thanks to the doomsday caucus — the fairly large bloc of Republicans demanding that the party cut off funds to Planned Parenthood, or kill Obamacare, or anyway damage something liberals like, by shutting down the government and forcing it into default.
Shortly after the mass murders at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Ore., President Obama predicted the extreme right wing would crank out press releases declaring the nation needs fewer gun control laws and more guns.
The pro-gun lobby didn’t disappoint him.
At this point, I worry we're going to start finding members of the Republican establishment curled up in their beds, eyes clenched shut and ears covered with trembling hands, moaning "make it stop, make it stop, make it stop."
Pity their suffering, but remember that they brought it on themselves.
The top editor of the Gallup polling organization declared the other day that the nation's primary door-knocking operation was going to stop surveying who's ahead and who's behind in the course of the 2016 primary elections. That seems akin to a baseball umpire giving up calling balls and strikes.
Carly Fiorina gives one heck of a speech.
That was my first impression, a positive one, when I caught up with her in Sacramento in 2010 to chronicle her bid for the Senate.
With both China and India having just announced major plans to curb their carbon emissions, the sound you hear is a tipping point tipping. Heading into the United Nations climate summit meeting in Paris in December, all the world’s largest industrial economies are now taking climate change more seriously. This includes the United States — except for some of the knuckleheads running to be our next president, which is not a small problem.
The leading contenders for the Republican nomination for president tell us three interesting things about America.