• Donald, Hillary and the Bernie Factor

    Donald, Hillary and the Bernie Factor

    Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson’s. The primary elections reveal a national mood of anxiety, apprehension and anger, in turn | Read More »

  • Fiddling Away Black Futures

    Fiddling Away Black Futures

    Most black politicians, ministers, civil rights advocates and professionals support Hillary Clinton’s quest for the presidency. Whoever becomes the next president, whether it’s a Democrat or Republican, will mean little or nothing in terms of solutions to major problems that confront many black people. We’ve already seen that even a black president means little or nothing.

  • Looking Back on the Two Cuban-American Also-Rans

    Looking Back on the Two Cuban-American Also-Rans

    John Quincy Adams, our greatest secretary of state (sorry, Hillary Clinton fans), thought that Cuba would inevitably become part of the United States. It hasn’t, at least not yet, but two Cuban-Americans were serious presidential contenders this year.

  • The Ideological Earthquake and the Aftermath

    The Ideological Earthquake and the Aftermath

    What lies behind Donald Trump’s nomination victory? Received wisdom among conservatives is that he, the outsider, sensed, marshaled and came to represent a massive revolt of the Republican rank and file against the “establishment.”

  • The World According to Trump

    The World According to Trump

    Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject.

  • Who Will Follow Trump Off the Cliff?

    Who Will Follow Trump Off the Cliff?

    Parsing Trump sentences is a challenge but is rewarding because it frequently reveals that he actually has said nothing at all.

  • An Unmitigated Disaster

    An Unmitigated Disaster

    Republican party leaders may have worried that Donald Trump would not only lose the general election for the presidency, but would so poison the image of the party as to cause Republican candidates for Congress and for state and local offices to also lose. Now they seem to be trying to patch things up, in order to present an image of unity before the general elections this fall.

  • The Jury Is Still Out

    The Jury Is Still Out

    Where am I with the #NeverTrump movement? Well, I almost never say “never.” Notice I qualified that “never” with “almost.”

  • Can Trump Disrupt the General Election as He Did the Primaries?

    Can Trump Disrupt the General Election as He Did the Primaries?

    So Republicans now have a presumptive nominee — one headed to a clear delegate majority without visible opposition — sooner than the Democrats.

  • Bush Republicanism Is Dead and Gone

    Bush Republicanism Is Dead and Gone

    “The two living Republican past presidents, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, have no plans to endorse Trump, according to their spokesmen.” So said the lead story in The Washington Post.

  • Trump Must Prove that He Can Do the Job

    Trump Must Prove that He Can Do the Job

    Donald Trump has swept the primaries and is now the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. His almost unbelievable primary surge — from New York to Indiana — was nothing short of breathtaking. He has confounded almost all the pundits and a majority of elected officials.

  • Republicans Should Have Adopted Democrats' Rules -- and Vice Versa

    Republicans Should Have Adopted Democrats’ Rules — and Vice Versa

    The unexpected successes, forecast by almost no one 12 months ago, of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in winning 40 percent and 42 percent in Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses is widely taken as evidence of raging discontent among American voters.

  • At Last, America First!

    At Last, America First!

    Whether the establishment likes it or not, and it evidently does not, there is a revolution going on in America.

  • Cruising to Indiana

    Cruising to Indiana

    Though I won’t go so far as to say the Indiana primary is do-or-die for the Ted Cruz campaign, it couldn’t be much more important. As events have unfolded, Indiana has a critical choice to make next Tuesday.

  • Donald Trump Isn't the 'Presumptive Nominee' -- Not Yet, Anyway

    Donald Trump Isn’t the ‘Presumptive Nominee’ — Not Yet, Anyway

    Donald Trump has declared himself, after following up his New York win April 19 with victories in five other Northeastern states Tuesday, the “presumptive nominee” of the Republican Party. Is it a done deal

  • Winners or Whiners?

    Winners or Whiners?

    If there is one pattern that is emerging from this year’s political campaigns, it is that rhetoric beats reality — in both parties.

  • Rights Versus Wishes

    Rights Versus Wishes

    Here is what presidential aspirant Sen. Bernie Sanders said: “I believe that health care is a right of all people.” President Barack Obama declared that health care “should be a right for every American.”

  • Conservatives for Trump?

    Conservatives for Trump?

    The sudden appearance of Donald Trump on the political horizon last year may have been surprising, but not nearly as surprising as seeing some conservatives supporting him.

  • Ethnicity Still Matters in the Politics of 2016

    Ethnicity Still Matters in the Politics of 2016

    Ethnicity still matters. That’s one lesson I draw from the results so far of this year’s Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses.

  • Reversing Trump's False Narratives

    Reversing Trump’s False Narratives

    Donald Trump is trying to establish the narrative that he’s already won the Republican presidential nomination.