Saturday December 20, 2014
November 13th, 2014
The Democrats' drubbing in the midterm elections simplified one of Hillary Clinton's challenges: Now she can strike some distance from President Barack Obama. Everybody else is doing it.
The former secretary of state, who is almost certain to run for president, has the luxury of time to elaborate her strategy. There will be matters beyond her control: relentless attacks, including some from the left.
Is the government's gridlock about to be dislodged? Imagine the capital as a giant set of pulleys and levers, operating at cross purposes. In the end, the forces tugging President Obama and Republican leaders apart may be more powerful than the ones pushing them together.
Now that the usual vows of good intentions are over between President Obama and the elected Republican leaders of the House and Senate -- all vowing willingness to work together to break the long legislative stalemate on Capitol Hill -- the question is will it really happen?
Before the votes were cast, Tuesday's midterm elections were looking like a "Seinfeld" election. Like the quirky TV comedy show, the midterms didn't seem to be about anything in particular.
Then the votes were counted and the "Seinfeld" midterms suddenly turned into a "wave" election.
When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins. Remember this when you hear talk of making the next two years a miracle of bipartisan comity.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, in again throwing previous Republican presidential nominees Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney under the bus of his own White House ambitions, needs to brush up on his political history.
Are you ready for Clinton vs. Bush 2.0? My earlier prediction that Jeb will face Hillary in 2016 is looking more certain than ever.
Sure, in theory the conventional wisdom says that voters want to see some fresh and new names at the top of their ballots. But in practice, history tells us that voters and campaign donors just love to bring the old names back again and again.
Imagine a house ablaze. Now picture a team of firefighters pulling up to it. They behold the flames shooting through its roof. They feel its heat on their faces. And they get in position to fight it.
With squirt guns.
That house is America, and those rescuers are the candidates in these misbegotten midterms.
If prostitution of children is illegal, why is it that we allow an estimated 100,000 underage girls and boys to be sold for sex in America each year - many on a single U.S. website, Backpage.com?