Philadelphia: What Is There Left for Hillary to Say?

Posted by Keeley on July 28, 2016 at 6:49 PM

What. In the world. Is there possibly left to say? In Philadelphia Thursday night as Hillary Clinton finally takes her turn. They have all been to bat. The Dem Major League Hitters: Hit-it-out-of-park Michelle; Mr. Balk-&-Slide-Around-Anything Bill; I'm-Stlll-Swinging-Back-to-the-Dugout Bernie; I've-endured-more-than-most Joe Biden; and Barack We've-Still-Got-Lots-To-Do Obama.

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Of Demagogues and a Nation's Laws

Posted by Keeley on July 22, 2016 at 5:14 PM

We know of demagogues from the quills of aristocrats: Thucydides - who would work at the Council on Foreign Relations or be elegantly ensconced in Brussels were he alive today; Aristophanes - London playwright? Or Manhattan theatre sensation who occasionally can be seen in Hollywood? From their perches above the seething masses they fingered out Cleon - a tradesman turned orator - as a leader of the common people. As the term demagogue originally meant. And even then, it was already sliding towards a negative connotation.

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Cleveland: What NeverTrump'ers Want

Posted by Keeley on July 19, 2016 at 5:07 PM

If it was up to Ken Cuccinelli, Viriginia delegate and former AG for the state, the Cleveland GOP Convention would be labelled the Republican Party's Altamont. Fortunately, a few dozen NeverTrump'ers shouting for a roll call vote, while being drowned out by Trump supporters, is not quite the same as drug-crazed Hell's Angels bludgeoning an unruly crowd back in 1970.

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What If Cleveland Pulls It Off?

Posted by Keeley on July 15, 2016 at 5:17 PM

The image of Brodie Copeland, a beautiful 11-year old kid from Texas is hard to shake. And we should let that image of him and his dad Sean rest deeply within our souls, and at least know that they left this life likely together, as father and son. Every one of the 84 (or perhaps more) individuals murdered on France's Bastille Day will mean more than we can imagine for their loved ones, their friends, and their family. Like islamic terrorism's other victims around the world. We can also honor the brave person, apparently a policewoman, who stood in the truck's path to force it to veer and perhaps stop. After which the police were able to neutralize the monster behind the wheel.

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Hillary Fishes for Stale NeverTrump'ers Quotes

Posted by Keeley on July 14, 2016 at 3:39 PM

As Kendal Unruh attempts to get 28 delegates on the rules committee to vote for her proposal to let delegates in Cleveland vote their conscience, Hillary is already using some of the best NeverTrump'ers slogans. How many times have GOP politicians and commentators disparaged Trump as not belonging to, or belonging in, the party of Lincoln? How many times has that refrain echoed around the media? As Trump's steady and fairly quick march towards 1,237 became a certainty, how many times have they lamented that the Republican Party - Lincoln's party - would no longer exist under a Trump presidency?

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Is the FBI Investigating the Clinton Foundation?

Posted by Keeley on July 7, 2016 at 7:36 PM

The President says Hillary Clinton is the best-prepared candidate in many generations for the nation's commander-in-chief job. The FBI Director says Hillary has a little trouble with classification of information, seeing she's a touch "unsophisticated" with complex symbols like a (C) at the start of a paragraph in an email. For example.

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Bill's Full Court Press in Phoenix

Posted by Keeley on July 5, 2016 at 2:46 PM

It was Bill Clinton who put Loretta Lynch on the political map, appointing the ambitious and successful attorney to the position of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 1999. Just as he was emerging from the clouds of an attempted impeachment, and the Lewisnki scandal.

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Just Pretend Jihadists Are not At War With Us

Posted by Keeley on July 1, 2016 at 2:24 PM

There is a raging battle going on between the Obama White House and Islamic terrorists, make no mistake. And it's taking place in the media. You see, the Obama Administration believes that the editing out of words like "islamic" and "terrorism" from official Benghazi documents, for example, is the way to combat terrorism, Al-Qaeda on the other hand, wants you to be damn certain why they are encouraging lone wolf attacks.

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Sit-Ins and the Assault on the Second Amendment

Posted by Keeley on June 24, 2016 at 4:33 PM

History might repeat itself, but when it does, it is often an imitation of a past that no longer exists. So, yes, John Lewis was there sitting-in at Nashville lunch counters nearly 60 years ago. He really is that old, unlike Elizabeth Warren who had she been old enough, would have never been part of such a demonstration. Times change. People change.

But the Democrat House Sit-in is more of a coup than a revolt. A media coup that will cycle for the next little while - even if the cameras and lights are off at the House of Representatives. We Shall Overcome was sung. And make no mistake: We Shall Overcome the Second Amendment is what that out-of-tune singing really meant.

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Omar Mateen's Pledge of Allegiance

Posted by Keeley on June 20, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Did you recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school? Did Omar Mateen? As an apparently restless young kid in elementary school in St. Lucie County, Florida?

Francis Bellamy was part of a campaign in 1891 to place a flag before every schoolhouse in America and "install into the minds of our American youth, a love for their country and the principles on which it was founded." It competed with Admiral Balch's earlier and folksier pledge and then superseded it from 1923 onward. In 1954, the words "under God" were officially added, but had already been part of local recitations of the pledge from at least the late 40's.

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Senator Manchin Spits at the Constitution

Posted by Keeley on June 17, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Everyone is using Orlando to blame someone else for the terrorist attack. Even Senator McCain, who walked back his comments on Obama yesterday. The only one who has. Some still won't call it a terrorist attack, but rather label it a hate-crime shooting. And those that do so - following Obama's lead to avoid at all costs using words like radical jihadist terrorism - often have been taking it a step further, and laying the blame on anyone who does not actively and loudly support gay marriage, transgender bathrooms, and oppose religious liberty. A tipping of the scales against the religious freedoms of Christians, precisely speaking.

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Diamond Donald, Bigmouth Bernie, and Wipe-It-Clean Hillary: a Family Story

Posted by Keeley on June 9, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Just as the Democratic Party brings its firepower to bear on Bernie Sanders ... No. Here's a better way to describe it: just as the Democratic Commission holds a private meeting with Bernie Bigmouth Sanders to convince their brother that he's way outta line - maybe a further meeting in Vegas with Harry The Hook Reid would help convince him - there is talk of insurrection in the GOP family.

Members of Teddy Tea Bags Cruz's outfit are grumbling it seems. They are not happy at all with Diamond Donald's comments on their Mexican cousins, along with a whole list of disrespecting grievances that have been accumulating over the past year or so. There's threats of delegate persuasion in Cleveland, which is next to a big lake, and maybe even a brewing (maybe that should be steeping: it's Teddy Tea Bags after all) revolt.

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Will Trump Change? not Yet

Posted by Keeley on June 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM

In case there was any doubt over whether it was Trump himself or his close circle of advisors like Lewandowski who pushed him to double down on controversies, Trump cleared that up this Monday. A memo sent to Trump campaign staff and supporters by campaign aide Erica Freeman urged his supporters to avoid the Judge Curiel issue. Curiel is presiding over the Trump University case in San Diego and is the son of Mexican immigrants, and an Indiana native.

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Does Douglas Schoen Want to Be a New Republican? or a Socialist?

Posted by Keeley on June 1, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Douglas Schoen was and probably still is a New Democrat: those centrist Dems who emerged in the late 80's and prospered under Bill Clinton's presidency. Schoen worked for President Clinton during much of the 90's as a consultant. He has helped Democrats run for office from Koch to Hillary's failed 2008 campaign. One Democrat who Schoen has never worked for, however, is Barack Obama, whose nomination and successful run for the presidency Schoen vigorously opposed. Both times.

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They Will Shoot at Rick Santorum

Posted by Keeley on May 26, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Some of the NeverTrump crowd have had noteworthy political careers, Mitt Romney being the main example. But most are from the policy wing of the conservative movement. Intellectuals who may have been advisors, but are mostly commentators. And the fiercest critics among the NeverTrump crowd, the most intransigent of them, point accusing fingers at Trump's character above all. The man is not fit to be president. Or, the man is a liar. Or the man is a liberal and so not-conservative. Or the man has no policy spine, only a lust for power. As if that is a disqualifying characteristic in Washington D.C. or any of the state capitals.

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