Goodbye Vegas - Goodbye Election?

Posted by Keeley on October 20, 2016 at 2:38 PM

Here's the thing. Trump's retort that he should've gotten an Emmy for his reality show was not a joke. Yes it was a quick response to Hillary's gleeful baiting of him. Where she tested how deep into the mud she could drag him after he declined to state he would accept the election's results. Should he lose. Which he surely will now. So Hillary dangled the bait by saying that someone who whines about rigged elections is the kind of person who complains about not getting an Emmy for a TV show.

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What Hillary Wants Out of Vegas

Posted by Keeley on October 19, 2016 at 3:56 PM

When will Wikileaks revelations finally take a bite out of Hillary's campaign? That's the headline in a Daily Beast article, and the immediate answer seems to be: not before November 8th. In fact, to be fair to the Daily Beast, they merely ask if Wikileaks will ever "catch up" to Hillary.

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Edward Luttwak and Peace Through War

Posted by Keeley on October 13, 2016 at 2:20 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in the late 20's in Egypt, has been a source - intellectual and spiritual - of Islamic jihadism for a couple of generations now. In December of 2013, it seems that the CIA opened a back door channel to al Qaeda through the Brotherhood. This was done in order to get American troops out of Afghanistan with as few additional casualties as possible. In other words: we're leaving so please don't shoot or bomb us.

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Karl Becker Put the Litigating to Rest - for a Moment

Posted by Keeley on October 11, 2016 at 5:29 PM

What a difference 72 hours makes. From a merely really-tough couple of weeks, to an 11 year old video (or really the audio on the video of a parked bus) that was devastating. To the fleeing of fellow GOP Congressmen and women. To a surprisingly strong debate performance. Given the nihilistic/joyful (choose your pick) expectations that preceded Sunday's nasty debate in St. Louis. To frickin' Geraldo Riviera hinting that he (wasn't he a Trump supporter?) had worse evidence of Trump's lewdness.

And there will be more.

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Pence Did His Job - Will Trump Do His?

Posted by Keeley on October 6, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Pence did his job. And did it fairly well. So for example, if you're Dan Balz at the Washington Post, what you do is demean and downplay the whole veep debate and say it was generally disappointing. And it's true, veep debates rarely move the needle in the general election. Lloyd Bentsen's I knew Jack Kennedy moment? He lost Texas and Quayle became the Vice President, not Bentsen

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Beauty Queen Machado's Past Really Doesn't Matter

Posted by Keeley on September 29, 2016 at 5:08 PM

It doesn't matter that Alicia Machado may very well have been an accessory to murder in Venezuela in the late 90's. Where she also apparently uttered death threats to a judge. Or that she was romantically linked to a Mexican narco. As she said to Anderson Cooper " that was 20 years ago." Get over it people.

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Singularity: Hillary Shall Debate Alone

Posted by Keeley on September 22, 2016 at 5:50 PM

With the first debate a few days away, there have been suggestions from pundits and commentators on how to improve the debate process. First, remove the studio audience with its unseemly distractions of applause and jeers unbalancing the candidates finely tuned responses and turning the event into a circus.

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Despite the Attacks, It's Still About Jobs

Posted by Keeley on September 20, 2016 at 8:20 PM

While Obama preps for a possible future gig as UN Secretary General, Harry Reid prepares legislation to require background checks for any purchase of pressure cookers, and Hillary blames the Islamic State on Trump, there is an interesting shift in polling recently.

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Dehydration, Deplorables, and Tax Returns

Posted by Keeley on September 14, 2016 at 7:34 PM

With just under 2 weeks to go before the first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton, we have a rather unholy trinity dominating the electoral landscape: dehydration, deplorables, and tax returns. Abbreviated as DDT-r. These three seemed to have rudely shoved off the stage other issues like: slow growth, the 7 million ghost army of middle aged men who have given up looking for work for years now, Putin's aggressive interference with this campaign, and Obama's legacy in general, and Supreme Court appointees specifically.

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Is Hillary the Wrong Woman?

Posted by Keeley on September 8, 2016 at 2:29 PM

Summer has indeed come and passed. And those who plead innocence never last. At least their professed innocence tends not to last. So Hillary has indeed had to wake up to the fact that the Clinton Foundation connections to the State Department, and her server scandal, have eroded her standings in the polls. We now have Trump ahead by a couple of points in the latest CNN/ORC poll, mostly as the result of Trump gaining significantly, rather than Hillary losing ground.

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Trump Throws Down the Gauntlet in Phoenix

Posted by Keeley on September 1, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Saying he doubled down in Phoenix just doesn't do it. Does it? How to describe Trump's fiery policy speech on immigration? All in with every chip? And how is Mexican President Peña Nieto feeling after their meeting mere hours before? A little remorseful?

Trump delivered his 10 point plan with all the diplomacy of General Patton. Others will use different comparisons no doubt, but this was a clear return to his slash and burn style, with one important difference. He got down in the policy weeds naming specific laws or policies that he would change on day one.

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Of Course Hillary Used the Racist Label!

Posted by Keeley on August 26, 2016 at 7:04 PM

Well what do you expect, Donald? Yes Hillary would prefer to keep her campaign on cruise control and just do a whole lot of nice fundraisers. No bothersome press conferences. Just 30-grand-a-plate lovefests at someone's gorgeous mansion.

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Who Convinced Trump to Pivot?

Posted by Keeley on August 24, 2016 at 11:33 PM

It was Kellyanne Conway. It couldn't have been Bannon? It was something Newt said a week ago. No, you're wrong. It was Roger Ailes. Come on, let's be serious. It was Ivanka and Jared. And Eric too.

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Why Univision Won't Weaponize Gawker Media

Posted by Keeley on August 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM

What does a muck-racking English philosophy graduate from Oxford have in common with a debt-laden Spanish-language media empire? Gawker Media that's what. Nick Denton's prying and spying blog network has recently been on the losing end of a $140 million lawsuit courtesy of the Hulk Hogan - Peter Thiel tag team. So it must be some relief to Denton that Gawker has found a buyer, once the lawsuit has wound it's way down. For just about the amount of the lawsuit, some $135 million. What a coincidence.

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Russia, Wikileaks and the Campaign

Posted by Keeley on August 16, 2016 at 7:13 PM

You can't invent someone like Julian Assange, Wikileak's founder/member. No editor would believe your twists and turns of his life plot. But behind this nomadic son of divorced Australian hippies, is a more pragmatic question: is Putin's security apparatus now controlling Assange and Wikileaks? The evidence seems to clearly suggest so. The toxic triad of Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange all revolve around key issues of intelligence and national security. And American intelligence and diplomatic assets have been the frequent targets of Wikileak's disclosures over the past several years.

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