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Biden talks tough

Featured image The new news brings us a glimpse of a few more facets of the multifaceted Joe Biden. If he were a pop singer, one of his albums would have been titled The Many Moods of Joe Biden. We have come to know him as left-wing hack. We have come to know him as a vulgarian. We have come to know him as an ignoramus. We have come to know him »

Trump’s refusal to commit to “accepting” defeat — some historical perspective

Featured image Ignorance and anti-Trump bias continue to prevail in the denunciations of Donald Trump’s statement that he doesn’t know yet whether he will “accept” the result of the presidential election. For example, Michael Gerson asserts that Trump’s lack of belief in the fairness of our electoral system “is disqualifying” in a presidential candidate. Gerson notes that the fairness of our electoral system has been “hard-won through a long history of strife »

In defense of Al Gore

Featured image Al Gore is back in the news. Not because of his lame appearances on the campaign trail on behalf of Hillary Clinton (imagine how unenthusiastic young voters must be about Clinton for her to think she needs a 68 year-old has-been to fire them up), but because of Donald Trump’s refusal to say in advance that he will “accept” the results of this year’s election. This generated instant, mindless criticism »

Not rigged, thrown

Featured image Donald Trump’s allegations that the election is “rigged” constitute a motif in the closing days of his presidential campaign. The theme emerged last night in his refusal to acknowledge he would concede the election when he loses. I find Trump’s allegation of the rigging of the election bizarre. It advertises his understanding that he will lose the election. He disclaims responsibility for the loss in advance, but there it is, »

Tonight’s debate

Featured image Here’s what to expect from tonight’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: Fireworks from Trump. The fireworks probably won’t differ significantly from the ones we saw at the second debate, though we may hear more about “rigged elections.” Perhaps Clinton will goad Trump into taking things to a new level. If so, the debate will be worth watching. Otherwise, not really. Here’s what not to expect from the debate: »

The Trump-Ryan fight is a good thing

Featured image Ever since Speaker Ryan declined to appear with Donald Trump after the Billy Bush tape became public, Trump has been attacking Ryan. His latest claim is that Ryan has backed away from Trump in order to facilitate a 2020 presidential bid. The claim is absurd. Ryan backed Trump for months when it looked like Trump might win. Now that it’s almost certain Trump won’t win, Ryan doesn’t improve his presidential »

The Lighter Side of Trump

Featured image One of Donald Trump’s defects is that he doesn’t seem to have much of a sense of humor. There doesn’t seem to be much lighter side to him in his public presentation. Even in grim times, it usually works in politics to show some sense of humor, especially the self-deprecating kind (see: JFK, Reagan, Lincoln, Churchill, etc). But then there’s this video, where Trump plays to his image perfectly with »

Trump unshackled

Featured image Last week, Donald Trump proclaimed that “the shackles have been taken off me.” He wasn’t kidding. Unshackled, Trump has responded affirmatively to cries of “lock [Hillary]’ up” (the shackled Trump used to respond “defeat her”). He has attacked the physical appearance of a woman who accused him of sexual touching. And he claims that such allegations are part — not just of collaboration with Democrats and the media, which is »

The Presidential Character

Featured image Surveying the electoral scene of the moment summons to mind Henry Adams’s mordant observation that the progression of presidents from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant was a sufficient refutation of the theory of evolution. What would Adams think of our current candidates? I’m with John about the utter shamelessness and hypocrisy of the left over revelations and allegations of Trump’s bad behavior. It’s disgusting, to use one of The »

Two women emerge to accuse Trump of unwanted touchings

Featured image During his second debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump denied having ever engaged in the sexual assaults he boasted about in the Access Hollywood tape. I had understood that the debate would consist of the candidates answering questions from members of the “town hall.” But Anderson Cooper decided to take over the questioning so he could press Trump about whether his boasts were true. Initially, Trump avoided that question, but »

How leaders talk

Featured image Sally Jenkins writes about sports for the Washington Post. I gather that, like many sportswriters these days, she would rather write about politics. And why not? Her work meets the low standard of punditry at the Post. Today, Jenkins has a column called (in the print edition) “No leader says things like that in locker room.” Her argument is that although athletes do make lewd, Trump-style comments in the locker »

Trump bounces back, but back to where?

Featured image My view is that Donald Trump won tonight’s debate. He dominated the stage and landed shot after shot on Hillary Clinton. Hillary, meanwhile, struggled to say much that will connect with voters except perhaps Muslim-Americans. This was the performance Trump’s supporters wanted to see in the first debate. If the Access Hollywood tape had not surfaced, Trump might be well on his way to pulling back to even, or close »

About tonight

Featured image Before Friday, I thought Donald Trump’s mission in the upcoming debate should be to persuade Americans he’s not a bad guy. After Friday, his mission may be to persuade people he’s not a monster. You prove these things by conducting yourself accordingly. You can’t prove them by attacking your opponent’s character. And if you attack the character of your opponents’ spouse, you tend to confirm that you’re a bad guy. »

What Now for Trump?

Featured image I’ve finally stopped smacking my head against my desk, and it does feel good to end the pounding. But the Trump Train Wreck is still happening. A few thoughts: I got a lot of Twitter traffic today (@stevenfhayward if you don’t already follow)—maybe the most ever—for recounting Ronald Reagan’s reaction to the news of Gary Hart’s sexual peccadillos in 1987: “Boys will be boys—but boys will not be president.” While »

More Trump tapes to come?

Featured image Someone called Bill Pruitt has tweeted the following: As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng Pruitt may be exaggerating, but who doubts that there are other bad Trump tapes out there and available for release? I don’t, and I suspect that Team Clinton is controlling the timing of the release or at least »

What now?

Featured image The Trump campaign is bleeding profusely from the wound of his Access Hollywood video. Carly Fiorina and John McCain are among the prominent Republicans who have withdrawn their support. There are also calls for Trump to step down as the Republican nominee. Andy McCarthy is among those urging this. Trump, though, has said he will never stand aside. Conceivably, he will relent, but the choke artist seems determined to hang »

We’ve Had About All the Genius We Can Stand

Featured image Through the primary season and the early stages of the general election, Donald Trump made any number of apparently boneheaded moves. His supporters, though, were always quick to tell us that Trump couldn’t be judged by ordinary standards. What seemed to be blunders were really acts of unique Trumpian genius! We heard this over and over. Well, we are now a month out from the election, and newspapers are headlining »