With less than two months to go before the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are hurtling toward the biggest, most anticipated events of their careers.
If there is a single key to understanding what motivates Donald Trump -- that is, other than his extreme narcissism -- it is his determination to avoid, at all costs, the pain of humiliation.
Next, the Republicans have to catch their tongues - no weekly debates for a year with 17 people. There should be a total of six debates, one per month prior to the California primary in June and to participate in the debates a candidate should be polling at least 15 percent, not one percent.
Trump's tax plan, his refusal to raise the minimum wage, his insistence that American workers make too much money, his anti-union stances, all endear him to his fellow 1 percenters. With pledges like these, Trump plans to guarantee that he - and his billionaire buddies - can continue taking too much.
Dear Mitt, it's time to run for president. The current choice of candidates, from many perspectives, is disheartening. While I admire Hillary Clinton's lifelong commitment to children, fairness, and progressive politics in general, even her most ardent supporters must acknowledge her shortcomings.
Fumbles, gaffes, divisiveness, infighting and arrogance. These are the unfortunate but true words that characterize and plague Donald Trump's general ...
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.