Wednesday November 25, 2015
September 24th, 2015
One of the mysteries attending the eclipse of the political center and the rise of left and right, both in the United States and in Europe, is why it has taken so many by surprise. When economies fundamentally alter their course, to the detriment of most, a radical shift in nations' politics - for both better and worse - shouldn't be so astounding, particularly when an economy's dysfunctions have been clear for many years.
With the opening of the high school football season, local newspapers and TV stations have again been running lists of what they believe are the top teams.
Most lists rank teams in the “top 10.” One Pennsylvania TV station, whose on-air number is 16, runs the “Top 16.”
Whatever it was, it wasn't a debate. CNN didn't want a debate. They wanted a mud fight. And that's exactly what they got.
Bad news Virginia: The boys are back in town.
The latest move to come out of a male-dominated state legislature that once wanted to vaginally probe women seeking abortions is as boys-club as it gets.
Women, take heart. Even a misogynistic blowhard like Donald Trump can be cowed.
I’ve been going over what was said at Wednesday’s Republican debate, and I’m terrified. You should be, too. After all, given the vagaries of elections, there’s a pretty good chance that one of these people will end up in the White House.
Could there be a reason for the widening pay gap that's not exactly economic? There could be.
The employment rate has fallen to a very low 5.1 percent. A tightening labor market is supposed to lead to higher wages, but that's not happening. Some of the lowest wages are actually falling.
Like water off a duck's back, the slings and arrows against Donald Trump rolled off him in the second Republican presidential debate, as his foes tried to dent his amazing immunity to justified criticisms of his personal crassness. In the process, his rivals' frustration shone through as they themselves struggled to remain viable in the campaign for their party's 2016 nomination.
Towards the end of Wednesday's second Republican debate, as the plot began wrapping up but before the Eagles came to bear us up and away from Mount Doom (Mount Doom is presently situated at the Reagan Library, in front of a large, photogenic plane) a question was posed that will give most right-thinking viewers (and some left-thinking viewers) nightmares for weeks to come.
It was: What Secret Service code name would you choose for yourself?
Our national attention span is ... short. The Republican presidential primary debate on Wednesday was ... long. Really, if you throw in the earlier loser debate, it was the longest ever.
The Lincoln-Douglas debates would go on for three hours. But that was back when in many towns, the most exciting public activity of the year was pole-raising.