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  • Black Votes Matter

    Black votes matter. If Republicans could get 20 percent of black votes, the Democrats would be ruined. This is highly unlikely, given the approach used by Republicans. However, the point is that Democrats must not only continue to get nine-tenths | Read More »

  • Donald Trump Won–And He Can’t Get Over It

    Donald Trump was widely criticized for replaying old fights with Ted Cruz at a news conference the morning after Trump’s acceptance speech to the Republican convention. It’s true — there was no reason for Trump to rehash (again) and explain | Read More »

  • OK, Hillary, Have Fun Defending Obama’s Record

    Some Republicans are disillusioned with their party’s nominee, but imagine how rank-and-file Democrats must feel. Their presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, not only is exceedingly unappealing in her own right but also seeks to fulfill Barack Obama’s third term and must | Read More »

  • The Path Ahead for Hillary

    En route to fight one of his many duels, French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he pessimistic? “Not at all. I always use my opponent’s return ticket for the trip back.” Some Hillary Clinton advisers, although | Read More »

  • What’s ‘Making America One Again’ About?

    “Make America One Again.” That was the stated theme of the last night of the Republican National Convention. In the welter of analysis of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech, few have commented on it, but it’s worth taking it seriously. Liberal | Read More »

  • Will Putin Get a Pulitzer?

    Waving off the clerics who had come to administer last rites, Voltaire said: “All my life I have ever made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous.’ And God granted it.” | Read More »

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  • Black Votes Matter

    Black Votes Matter

    Black votes matter. If Republicans could get 20 percent of black votes, the Democrats would be ruined. This is highly unlikely, given the approach used by Republicans. However, the point is that Democrats must not only continue to get nine-tenths | Read More »

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  • Donald Trump Won--And He Can't Get Over It

    Donald Trump Won–And He Can’t Get Over It

    Donald Trump was widely criticized for replaying old fights with Ted Cruz at a news conference the morning after Trump’s acceptance speech to the Republican convention. It’s true — there was no reason for Trump to rehash (again) and explain | Read More »

  • OK, Hillary, Have Fun Defending Obama's Record

    OK, Hillary, Have Fun Defending Obama’s Record

    Some Republicans are disillusioned with their party’s nominee, but imagine how rank-and-file Democrats must feel. Their presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, not only is exceedingly unappealing in her own right but also seeks to fulfill Barack Obama’s third term and must | Read More »

  • The Path Ahead for Hillary

    The Path Ahead for Hillary

    En route to fight one of his many duels, French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he pessimistic? “Not at all. I always use my opponent’s return ticket for the trip back.” Some Hillary Clinton advisers, although | Read More »

  • Republicans Create Their Mirage of Unity

    Republicans Create Their Mirage of Unity

    The main purpose of the modern political convention is to produce four days of televised propaganda. The subsidiary function, now that nominees are invariably chosen in advance, is structural: Unify the party before the final battle. In Cleveland, the Republicans | Read More »

  • Trump Could Shake Up Electoral Map

    Trump Could Shake Up Electoral Map

    Disruptive. That’s a good word to describe Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and to describe the sometimes-ramshackle Republican National Convention his campaign more or less superintended in Cleveland. Apple disrupted the music industry; Uber disrupted the taxi cartels; Amazon disrupted the | Read More »