Do you and I have a moral obligation to vote this November? Is it unpatriotic or wrong to decline to choose the lesser of two evils?
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I will be away on vacation this week, and blogging will be light. The following is the first of two posts highlighting excerpts from a longer interview I did with Joshua Delk this summer.
After repeatedly insisting Barack Obama was literally the founder of ISIS, Donald Trump is now saying it was all...sarcasm.
The Bible warns: "Spare the rod, spoil the child." But could the same advice apply to the raising of future leaders? The flabbergasted spectator seated behind Donald Trump, when the GOP nominee talked about "Second Amendment people," seemed to suggest as much.
In my job, I wear a couple of different hats, and this is inconvenient in a world where you are expected to take sides and defend your "team" regardless of merit. My approach to covering politics, however, draws a fine distinction between analysis and activism.
The good news for Donald Trump is that, amazingly, he could still win this thing (and no, I'm not talking about some sort of economic collapse, terrorist attack, or "October surprise" swinging the race). That's because (A) Hillary Clinton isn't a great candidate, (B) 7 out of 10 of Americans feel that the country is going in the wrong direction, and (C) it's hard for any political party to win three consecutive presidential elections.
It's time once again to reiterate a point that I've made before many times: Yes, media bias exists --- and yes, this impacts political campaigns --- but yes, it can be overcome.
As TheDC's Alex Pappas reported, anti-Trump Republicans are forming a group to support the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. I'll admit to being intrigued by the prospect of supporting the ticket of these two former GOP governors, but --- upon further review --- it would be just as ridiculous as backing Donald Trump.
It has been said that Elián González defeated Al Gore in 2000. Who knows if that's actually true, but---more frequently than we might imagine---election-year political narratives are shaped by unlikely or unexpected civilians. That's exactly what is happening right now with regard to the story of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Muslim parents of a fallen soldier.
I'm old enough to remember when Republicans were anti-Russian, pro-free trade, and bullish on America. Since 1980, at least, Republicans were the party of optimism. "I know there will always be a bright dawn ahead," Reagan assured us, even as he rode off into the sunset.
Despite being at the DNC in Philly, my mind continues to work on trying to figure out what happened to the GOP. And I think there's a point that I have implicitly been making that probably deserves to be expressly stated. And that is this: Social conservatism is being rejected by the new GOP---and America.
PHILADELPHIA --- The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night, and I am struck with two immediate takeaways.
PHILADELPHIA -- Last week, I apologized to the city of Cleveland for doubting their ability to adequately host the Republican National Convention. Today, I want to really apologize. Cleveland did great. It's an inside baseball sort of thing to say, but it was dramatically easier to navigate (in terms of security, proximity, transportation, etc.) than the City of Brotherly Love.
Sen. Ted Cruz's non-endorsement Wednesday night pits competing values and maxims against one another. Is he a principled statesman who refused to kneel before Zod, or a selfish and smug pol who is not a team player? Maybe both!
First, I have to apologize to Cleveland for trashing the city in my column the other week. Granted, it's only the first day of the convention, but so far, so good. The people are friendly, the internet works, and the food is good.
With time dwindling before the Republican National Convention kicks off, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has emerged as a leading contender to become Donald Trump's running mate.
In the era of Facebook Live and smart phones, it's hard to come to any conclusion other than the fact that police brutality toward African-Americans is a pervasive problem that has been going on for generations. Seriously, absent video proof, how many innocent African-Americans have been beaten or killed over the last hundred years by the police---with little or no media coverage or scrutiny?
Have you ever wondered why some scandals are more scandalous than others? Nobody died at Watergate, but it would be hard to overestimate the political shock waves that resulted. Compare that to lying about the notion that a video caused Benghazi---or the fact that not all of Hillary Clinton's emails (sent from a private account on a private server!) have been recovered---and the dichotomy is stark.
This weekend, an anti-Semitic meme was tweeted by Donald Trump. Aside from the obvious problems (the fact that some of his most ardent supporters online are racists), this raises several questions:
Let's begin with the fact that Donald Trump probably won't make the pick that strategists would suggest might help soften his edges, which is to say that he seems highly unlikely to pick someone like New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as his running mate. He signaled as much recently, when he publicly criticized her.