• Will Trump Make a Race of It in the Debates?

    In the midst of the most debate-heavy week of the fall campaign season, with the vice presidential debate last Tuesday and the second presidential debate Sunday, let’s look at what remains uncertain about this year’s bizarre contest.

  • Media’s Outrage Should Start Working Any Day Now!

    Reviewing the state of the presidential race, I see that very little has changed for the past year. Every few weeks, the media roll out a new Trump “scandal” that has already been thoroughly covered, day in, day out, for the last 15 months.

  • Ominous Signs for Donald Trump in New Post-Debate Poll

    A new Fox News national poll suggests Donald Trump suffered real damage in his first debate with Hillary Clinton — not just losing the debate, but sliding in some key measures of voter confidence in his ability to serve as president.

  • Admiring Foreign Leaders

    Asked on a TV show to name a foreign leader he admires, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson choked. He couldn’t produce a name. He said he had “a brain freeze.”

  • The Academic Curtain

    Back in the days of the Cold War between the Communist bloc of nations and the Western democracies, the Communists maintained pervasive restrictions around Eastern Europe that were aptly called an “iron curtain,” isolating the people in its bloc from the ideas of the West and physically obstructing their escape.

  • Will Illegal Foreign Voters Steal the Election?

    “It could all come down to Colorado.”

  • Aborting the Trump Revolution

    In taking that $915 million loss in 1995, and carrying it forward to shelter future income, Donald Trump did nothing wrong. By both his family and his business, he did everything right.

  • Voters Reject John Lennon’s ‘World as One’

    “The president believes the world will be a better place if all borders are eliminated — from a trade perspective, from the viewpoint of economic development and in welcoming people from other cultures and countries.”

  • When Facts, Logic, and History Don’t Matter

    And now, less than six weeks from the election, what is the main event of the day? A fight between the Republican presidential nominee and a former Miss Universe, whom he had 20 years ago called Miss Piggy and other choice pejoratives.

  • Why All the Love for the Chicago Cubs’ Woes?

    The good news, a commodity in short supply, is that Americans are about to get a respite from the inundating Niagara of candidates’ blather. The bad news is that the respite will be a tsunami of Cubs Gush, which will slosh from sea to shining sea.

  • Discrimination and Segregation

    I was invited, along with several other American professors, to deliver lectures at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1979. Pieter Willem Botha was the prime minister, and apartheid, though becoming a bit relaxed, was the law of the land.

  • Hillary’s Red Army March of Tax-Hike Destruction

    You’ve got to hand it to Team Hillary Clinton. Its message discipline is awesome — at least in terms of taxes. It reminds me of the orderly march of the Chinese Red Army on the way to battle.

  • Unorthodox Thoughts About the Unorthodox Debate

    I realize my biases probably keep me from assessing debates as objectively as some, but I still must dissent a bit from the conventional wisdom on Monday’s Trump-Clinton contest.

  • Trump Right on Trade Predators

    Is America still a serious nation?

  • What the Debate Tells About How Candidates Would Govern

    You’ve heard and read by now lots of spin and speculation about who won and where the polls are going to move after Monday’s presidential debate.

  • How to Avoid Immigration, Terrorism, And Health Care For 90 Minutes

    At least we know Trump wasn’t lying when he said he didn’t practice for the debate.

  • Donald Trump’s Misses Opportunities

    As he prepared for the crucial first presidential debate, Donald Trump knew moderator Lester Holt would bring up the birther issue. He knew Holt would raise Trump’s tax returns. And his old position on the Iraq war. None are among the voters’ top concerns, but it was eminently predictable that they would be part of the debate — not least because if Holt had not brought them up, Hillary Clinton would have.

  • Transgenderism Can Be Helpful

    North Carolina’s legislative body passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which mandates a statewide policy banning individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex, as opposed to their opinion of their sex.

  • The Debate I Heard

    Something’s wrong with me. I watched Monday’s presidential debate. But what I heard was different from what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seemed to say.

  • Hillary, Interrupted

    Whatever happened to “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar”? Whither “Girl Power”? When did Rosie the Riveter’s “We Can Do It!” give way to Hillary the Haranguer’s “We Can’t Handle It”?