Early morning, June 24th, Great Britain did what few polls, and politicians, predicted it was capable of doing: stand up for itself. "
Columnists and pundits have written that it's the high-brow, plugged-in, inside-the-beltway, intellectual slice of the Republican party pie that's #NeverTrump. They also write that more and more people are coming around, choking down their squeamishness, checking their consciences at the door and pledging to vote for the lesser of two evils.
Given Trump's less-than-stellar performance as a fundraiser so far, might he think about taking public funding for the general election portion of the campaign? It's an odd prospect, given Trump's oft-touted wealth -- even if he's not quite as rich as he claims to be.
For months, I have endured the television coverage of Donald Trump. And for months, I have gritted my teeth and dared to look at the screen, partly because, as a diehard Democrat, I feel the need to be informed, and partly because I want to make sure I'm actually hearing what I think I'm hearing.
"Woman Hear Me Roar" says Clinton, clinching nomination and making some spines tingle. But the panel sticks to Trump odds of 5%-40% because he's a qualified ignorant bully and she's a qualified smart president. Can he be dumped by GOP? Only if more Curiel-like blunders plus polls showing her steadily up by 10 points.
Elizabeth Warren is an attractive candidate for Hillary Clinton's running mate on several grounds, but the potential deal breaker is item D. What president would want a vice president with her own fixed constitutional office, her own national power base, and the willingness to use it to possibly defy her president? But overriding even that concern is the fact that Clinton may conclude she needs Warren to assure her own election. Only on that basis is she likely to turn to Warren. All other considerations pale in comparison with that one. Warren will get the nod if and only if Clinton decides that Warren will make a major difference in November. Would Warren take the job? Yes.
True, all pundits mis-overestimated the Republican base. But as the General Election de facto now begins, Shrum & Frum discuss Trump's cumulative "Joseph Welch" moment due to four re-enforcing events: Clinton's pounding, Trump U fraud of average people, attack on a "Mexican" judge, and media shift from complicit to critical. Then: We analyze trends and odds for anticipating Nov 8. And is an implosion more likely than a comeback?
The last presidential nominee of the Republican Party stepped out in public with a stinging tongue-lashing for the party's front-running candidate for president, warning of not only their party's welfare, but also lasting damage to the nation's future should this man win.
Donald Trump all but declared war (once again) on the media this week, after they actually did their jobs and investigated whether Trump had made good on his claims of donating millions to veterans' charities.
American politics already delves into every aspect of a candidate's life. Do we really need to pry into personal tax returns as well? And what do we really learn when we do? Not much.
Predatory for-profit education is a scam that works so well that Donald Trump is far from the only celebrity, or politician, to invest in it. While some for-profit college operators are honest and do a good job training students for careers, many of the biggest operators have engaged in behavior quite similar to what is alleged to have occurred at Trump University.
Voters have the right to know if Donald dodged taxes every year, just like he did in 1978 and 1979, while he routinely used public services like bankruptcy court that other taxpayers faithfully paid for with their IRS payments.
The Donald Trump infection is a relatively new strain of superbug called trumpococcus teapartius. It is highly resistant to antibiotics or reason, so the body politic must rely on its white cells to fight off the infection.
Trump only likes veterans when he thinks they can give him PR cover -- like when he needed a reason to duck a debate moderated by Megyn Kelly, leading to his sham fundraiser for veterans.
There is no better show on TV. There is no more entertaining character on the Internet. The only problem is that he's running for president. But what if we make a deal?
The coalescence of the Republican leadership around Donald Trump may be happening slightly quicker than expected, but it was entirely predictable. Turns out that for many Republicans #NeverTrump actually meant, "on balance we would prefer somebody like Marco Rubio, but we will support pretty much anybody who is not a Clinton or an Obama."