Elections take place in the now, not the long-term, especially in an ahistorical American era. And the now these days in this ADD/hyper-partisan media environment is short-term and savagely prone to character assassination.
This week the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT group, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. It was a bit of a shocker not because HRC endorsed a Democrat but that it occurred before even one vote has been cast in the Democratic primaries.
"I just got here and it's a total madhouse," my friend, a senior writer for a major US newspaper, has called to warn me. "This is nothing like the oth...
My wife and I were recently canvassing and phone banking for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. The vast majority of people we talked to were very nice...
Trump, Bush and Clinton all came of age in the early or late '60s, which really was all about branding. Politically, it was all about equality -- for African-Americans, women, farmworkers and more. In 2016, the narrator might say, may the best brand win.
After watching any debate, there's a brief minute where you conclude about who 'won' the debate or who performed the best. Then a few seconds later, political pundits tell you who they think won. Their opinions then turn into 'what most people thought' when you're talking about the debate with others.
If Bernie Sanders is nominated by the Democratic Party I will support him. Hopefully wiser heads will prevail. Many of the ideas he campaigns on sound...
Bernie Sanders will win the first four contests of the 2016 Democratic Primary for the same reasons he won the endorsements 170 economists, MoveOn.org and The Nation. Furthermore, Sanders dominated the latest Democratic debate because he's never had to evolve from a conservative vantage point, towards a progressive stance
The American primary system for the nomination of presidential and congressional candidates, a system never mentioned in the constitution, has allowed populist anger to be exploited into a veto on foreign policy. Primaries, as they have evolved with the assistance of social media, have become an exercise that grants extraordinary electoral power to the dissatisfied and to the extremes.
Bernie Sanders isn't just trying to rock the boat. He's trying to flip the boat, expose all of the leaks and rotting wood, while professing we need a boat that works for the American middle class (all while floating next to a yacht with people hoping he'll sink).
Litchfield CT: White Flower Farm. Wander among the blooms at the famous flower and plant catalog come to life. Ask for a self-guided tour brochure in the shop, and be prepared to enter garden nirvana.
The candidate with the least amount of media coverage, and the candidate thought of as unable to win a general election by some pundits (even though he beats Trump in a "landslide of epic proportions"), is the only candidate in 2016 with positive favorability numbers.
There is no guarantee that the name on that ballot will be Hillary Clinton. She's already vulnerable in at least two of the first four states to vote, and if she loses both Iowa and New Hampshire then the rest of the country (including the media) will start paying a lot more attention to Bernie.
It's not only the Donald who Sanders is on target to take out. While the NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll has Clinton losing to Cruz in both Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders beats the Republican Senator in either state.
Walk in to any of these B&B's, Inns and Hotels from Vermont to Virginia (yes, admittedly not in the "Northeast" but I include it here) and you'll be astounded by the attention to detail and luxury appointments within.
Ten weeks -- ten weeks from today puts us in mid-March. And by the time we reach mid-March, we shall have a good sense of the outcome of the GOP presidential primary. Predictions are always a hazardous undertaking yet their allure may be irresistible.