As I wrote in my blog on September 27th (The Fundamental Question, Part 2), the candidates themselves literally write the rules for the presidential debates.  I correctly characterized this repulsive reality as “the best kept secret in all of politics”.  Just three weeks on, there have been two deplorable developments: 1) CNBC has conceded to

Debatable Improvement

Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas has been widely described as “more substantive” than the previous Republican debates.  You can either interpret that characterization as a dramatic compliment, or a damning with faint praise.  While it was certainly an improvement over the insult festivals organized by FOX and CNN, and passed off as Republican


“Previously, on House: John Boehner announces his retirement as Speaker of the House.  The Freedom Caucus claims victory.  Representative Peter King of New York describes Boehner’s resignation as “(A) victory for the crazies.  You can’t appease these people.” Kevin McCarthy stuns his colleagues by dropping out of the race to replace Boehner, after a conservative

It’s A Matter Of Facts

I have never met a conservative.  Or a liberal.  I’ve seen a few, but never met one.  And those I’ve seen are of the self-proclaimed, for-profit variety.  It’s a cowardly thing, labeling.  Characterizations of left-wing-this, and right-wing-that, rain down from on high from people whose very livelihood is 100% dependent upon perpetuating strife.  These are

The Politics Of Now

Between now and November 8, 2016, a sadly predictable process will unfold. We will witness presidential candidates openly “tack” to the left or right during the primary, then “veer” to the center in the general election. Or, stated another way, candidates will lie about their intentions during the primary, then lie about them again during

Maybe You Should Have Gotten His Keys

When the House Conservatives rejoiced upon hearing the news that John Boehner was resigning from Congress at the end of October, they paid far too much attention to “resigning”, and far too little to “at the end of October”.  John Boehner’s legacy is going to be defined by John Boehner, and he has 30 days

I Feel Like I’ve Heard This Before

Donald Trump has announced his tax plan, which predictably involves lower taxes for everyone (except hedge fund managers), and Hillary Clinton promises an improved economy, which predictably involves an emphasis on income inequality.  Stated another way, we are about to witness yet another rehashing of traditional approaches.  What we will not see, however, are the

The Fundamental Question, Part 2

As I wrote on Friday, the schedule for the 2016 debates has been released.  It was released by the Presidential Debate Commission.  There will be three debates.  We know the dates and locations, but not much else.  There are two reasons for that: 1) the general election candidates are not yet known; and 2) the

The Fundamental Question, Part 1

Today’s blog will be the first – and decidedly shorter – of a two-part blog dealing with the issue of Presidential Debates.  The second will post on Sunday. The schedule for the 2016 debates was released yesterday. The Presidential Debate Commission announced the following: The first general-election debate will be held Sept. 26, 2016, at

A Debate About Nothing

Two days ago, Ben Carson uttered the following on CNN: “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” This followed Donald Trump’s low-energy reaction last Thursday to a questioner who claimed that President Obama is Muslim. Not surprisingly, the national media has