For months, if not years, people in France and abroad have been trying to prove that Marine Le Pen has not changed as much as she would have us believe. Now, in a mere 20 seconds, she herself has torn away the veil and shot herself in the foot.
As the National Front's ranks continue to swell, thanks in part to dissatisfaction with alternatives on the center-left or center-right, it remains to be seen how far Le Pen will go to placate her fringe constituency while trying to appear mainstream enough for disaffected moderates.
These are just a few examples. Dozens more could be cited. I offer them to those of my readers who, for lack of information, run the risk of falling into the trap set by the crudest political marketing operation France has seen in recent years.
The public has seen the results of the Banana Republican policies and politics. The public has seen the damage of these GOP policies and practices to them. The public is saying no to Cruz, no to Lee, no to the Tea Party and no to House Republicans.
The future of Texas will not be found in voices who prefer a Texas in which Hispanics are second-class citizens when they seek to vote and women are second class citizens when they seek to live their lives as they choose and seek a good job and a fair wage.
Last week I found a church to my liking -- of all places, a megachurch in the South on television. Or maybe I should say, a "congregation," because it included people of many faiths, including atheism.
After a tragedy like the shooting in Wisconsin, we have to move beyond merely offering our sympathy and condolences. We have to try our best to help replace the current culture of contempt with a culture of respect.
Want to know if you've drifted into the divisive political extreme? If you celebrated the resignation of Richard Grenell from the Romney campaign this week, you fit the bill. You're part of the problem of division in this country.
Democrats will need to be very hard-hitting, reminding voters not only of Romney's commitments to these positions, but also the evidence, before their eyes, of what Republicans do when they actually take office.
The term "game change," like so many sports-oriented terms in politics, is decidedly over-used. But the events depicted in the Game Change film really do constitute just that, though not in the way that my friend Steve Schmidt intended it.
To understand Sarah Palin's style of "leadership" you have to understand how Evangelical have a long tradition of clinging to a victim status as their excuse for their ideas about society being rejected by most Americans.
Leaders on the far right have adopted the phrase American exceptionalism and use it in a jingoistic way to convince their base of the divine righteousness of their cause. The phrase should be reclaimed and brought back to its roots.