Trump's rallies are as hot a commodity as Jerry Springer tickets. His "fans" are there for the spectacle not the substance. They want the hockey fight, not the game itself. The game bores them. They just come for the brawls and bloodshed. And Trump gives 'em plenty of both. "Don-ald, Don-ald, Don-ald!"
For the established Republican order, the vista presented by this new year is filled with bewilderment and foreboding. For the last 28 years of presidential primaries, the consultants, donors and loyalists who constituted the party's so-called mainstream have taken it for granted that, in the end, the "most electable conservative" would once again ward off insurrection by the Visigoths of the GOP's outer reaches. This serene state of self-assurance has come to an abrupt and unseemly end. The only surprise is that they seem so surprised. Over that span of time the meaning of "conservative" has moved ever rightward in the gravitational pull of evangelicals, gun rights absolutists, economically and socially threatened whites and, most recently, indignant Tea Party adherents who, collectively, have come to dominate the primary electorate.
The Republican campaign has deteriorated into a schoolhouse brawl. This is not a campaign of new and exciting ideas; rather, it is a misguided crusade that offers voters little hope for those tired of politics as usual.
That Donald Trump has been the front-runner in the Republican presidential race is a completely "natural" and understandable result of the Republicans becoming the party of "selfish-righteousness" over the past 35 years.
Reagan likely would find the entire discussion a bit, well, "liberal" in the sense of assuming that more dollars spent is the only way to deliver more security.
Rubio can't seem to make up his mind on immigration reform or apparently obey traffic laws and balance his checkbook. But I was most amazed at his recent declaration of war against college education while campaigning in New Hampshire for the upcoming Republican Party Presidential primary.
Extremists from America's far right wing have carried out well over half of the deadliest terror attacks on American soil since 9/11. Experts on terrorism agree, but argue that some conservative politicians downplay this fact. The question is why?
It's hard to feel sorry for Republicans, given that they control both sides of Congress and two-thirds of state legislatures. Nonetheless, in 2015 the GOP's rank-and-file get royally conned, not once but twice.
I've been noticing that Democrats -- all the way up to and including Hillary Clinton herself -- seem to be awfully complacent about the possible outcomes of next year's presidential race. This could be dangerous, because nothing in politics is ever written in stone.
He has perfectly understood the politics of the Republican electorate, spoken precisely as he must to appeal to it, and laughed his way to the lead, and to the bank.
I think if Hillary can get a little of her '70s groove on, her idealism instead of her cynicism, we will meet her halfway with our own, less hope-less selves. Let's not be NIMBY about the election as well as low-income housing and halfway houses. Let's be In My Back Yard. Let's believe. Tinkerbell, do you hear me?
The world is becoming more and more globalized with multiple cultures crossing paths like never before. That trend is not going anywhere, it is on the rise. How we relate with each other and how we raise each other in this globalized world is the question
As the Republican primary swings into full gear, it is clear that much has changed since early fall, when the candidates first began to duke it out.
Most people don't spend their days enmeshed in policy issues; they have jobs and lives. They rely on the media to let them know what is important. Unfortunately, this has generally not meant much coverage of global warming.
This election is not going as anyone expected. The reason is not because of the rise of any one candidate; Trump's appeal reflects more than anything the reality that large numbers of Americans are hurting badly, and vibrantly angry as a result. Why is that, and what can we do to help?
Despite being admired for his astonishing achievements in sport, one of the greatest NBA champions Michael Jordan often had to deal with failure.