As the presidential race heats up, all candidates will be judged on questions of policy and character. Those who embrace the difficult and unglamorous responsibilities of daily citizenship will have a greater claim to the type of character that can lead a nation.
The contrast could not be greater between the violence in word and deed of so many modern day conservatives and the path Julian Bond forged to make a new way for us in this world.
The far right is pitting God against women. Mike Huckabee's support for the decision to deny a 10-year-old rape victim an abortion is just another example in a long history that continues this election season.
The August 6th debate among ten Republican presidential contenders was a ratings winner for Fox News. Out here on the left coast, we learned two things: Donald Trump isn't going away and the Republicans lack a plan for America.
By larding up their Iowa teams with the historically subsidized and by endorsing crop insurance, Bush and Walker are trying to split the difference between looking conservative while appealing to Iowa primary voters.
The entire political punditry world has been holding its collective breath since last Thursday night, waiting for some polling numbers to interpret. But one question in particular seems to show some very bad news for the Republican Party.
The Republican Party doesn't seem to understand the fact that threats to the United States originate from the actions of human beings. These human beings resort to violence when they are marginalized by society to the point where they believe that the only way to better their country is to work around the democratic system through violence.
Many Republican politicians call themselves "values candidates." What does that really mean? Is there another way to talk about "values" that expands the definition and lends more predictability to the success of the 2016 presidential election?
Imagine how many more people a doctor would have to hire just to deal with a boatload of new insurers. Or to deal with a bunch of politicians who don't know what they're talking about.
Lowey and Alter debate first GOP debates. Some consensus that Fiorina and Cruz rising, Rubio nominee potential, Bush and Walker meh... as Trump damages GOP as the fringe without the euphemisms. Then: after years of taking incoming as a Kenyan/Hitler, is Obama's tone insulting Republicans on Iran Deal?
With millions watching, a governor vanishes! ...
"Big pharma is going to squeal like a stuck pig, but I will wrestle those bloated lobbyists into submission just like I did with the unions," Governor Scott Walker told This Reporter as we toured a factory in Milwaukee that formerly made tractor parts and now uses undocumented Mexican immigrants to manufacture chastity belts.
The GOP Debate. It came, we watched, it blew our minds! Donald Trump is like teflon...nothing sticks to that guy. Marco Rubio was a surprise standout. Jeb Bush looked pretty old. Scott Walker was boring.
11. "When you find mush, you push" is a belief shared by both Scott Walker and Vladimir Putin, but it's not nearly as grossly sexual as you're thinkin...
Now that was a debate. Back in 2012 it was the live audience that got rowdy at the presidential primary debates. This time it was the folks onstage, candidates and moderators alike. And somehow it all stemmed from the presence of Donald Trump, the spiritual epicenter of this event, whose outsize persona dominated the proceedings from beginning to end. Things got off to a rollicking start with Trump's show-of-hands refusal to rule out a third-party run and Rand Paul's aggressive reaction. This riveting kickoff set a pugilistic tone for the debate that never subsided.
Bernie Sanders can win--not just the primary, but the general. Democrats should back him, and ignore the arguments made by Barney Frank and others, who say giving Hillary the nod early is the only hope for victory in 2016.