It's too soon to know how badly Donald Trump damaged himself by belittling John McCain's war record in Iowa on July 18. Trump himself has until now been helped, not harmed, by insulting his GOP rivals as losers, clowns, dummies and lightweights.
Trump is leading or doing well in several national and early state polls. That's why the other candidates and all Republican leaders should be denouncing his ignorance and xenophobia more forcefully.
Donald Trump is the bull in a china shop, and I mean that in the nicest way. His competitors, delicate breakables, are lined up on the shelf, concerned that any bold move could topple them to the ground.
With the attention Donald Trump has been attracting the last few weeks, many people fall into one of two camps: outrage and embarrassment or mocking and derision. I suggest there's a third, more productive, way to examine things.
Trump's whole agenda is provocation, which isn't to say he doesn't believe what he's saying. But he's also so over the top, so almost unbelievably bold, that he's become something of a parody of himself. And it feels as if he's fully in on the joke, which he may be. We could use a little provocation.
Most rich people are hidden out of view, like the Great and Powerful Oz hidden behind the curtain. We don't see them, we don't get to know them, and we don't learn who they are as people.
Exposing the GOP base.
In its policies toward Greece, the "Troika" -- a new shorthand for the combined will of the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund -- has actively and enthusiastically embraced Maggie Thatcher's social and political philosophy, memorably captured in her chilling assertion, "There is no such thing as society."
For most of my adult life, this semi-literate, mega-rich egomaniac out of New York called Donald Trump has pretended to be an important public figure,...
Israel's prime minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu declared his intention to throw his yarmulke into the ring as a GOP candidate for President over coffee at Café Yakna in Jerusalem.
"What planet is Donald on?" Well, wonder no longer. The Donald has been located!
The Pride(?) of Wisconsin makes it official.
For an ambitious, surging politician, Chris Christie's desire to run for a second term as Governor, and to win in a landslide, would have been irresistible -- but in retrospect it may have been a defining mistake.
Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find. Because so often, throughout our history, those have been the places where progress really happens.
Time will tell whether the nuclear agreement will have the desired results: elimination of Iran as a nuclear threat; reduction of its sponsorship of terrorist activities; opening Iran to commerce with the west; and guaranteeing Iranians a full range of human rights. But it's an important (long overdue) first step.
For extra fun, I gave all of the would-be Presidents nicknames, and actually called all of them President (Fill in your favorite) because if actually reading something like President Huckabee doesn't run a chill up your spine, I don't know what will.