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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Speaking of Hillary

Posted by Christine & John on May 25, 2016 at 4:43 PM

The news is out that Obama-appointed State Department inspectors faulted Hillary for his bad email practices. I worked for State for more than thirty years and had the pleasure of working with the Hillary teams when she was first lady and Secretary of State. My experience with the Hillary team come from her visits to my posts. It was nearly impossible to tell her political staff anything. They disrespected the professionals. If you stood up to them on a matter of policy, practicality or principle, they just found somebody else to do it. It sounds like this was exactly what they did with the email scandal. I am sure that principled professionals advised them about the ethical and security problems and I am equally sure that these good people just were no longer invited to meetings and the Clinton folks found those with less information or more flexible ethics to do the job she wanted done.

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Whose Convention Will Be Filled With More Angry People?

Posted by Keeley on May 18, 2016 at 5:41 PM

You have to hand it to Ben Rhodes and Bernie Sanders. They don't quit easily. In fact, they don't quit. They finish the job. Right up to the last day. Be it moving day in January 2017 at the White House, or be it the Democrat Convention in Philadelphia. So while the would-be post-modern novelist frames Obama's narratives and mind melds with his boss, all in order to bring to fruition things like The Iran Deal, Bernie keeps fighting against the Democratic Party's establishment.

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Freedom of Association - the next civil rights challenge

Posted by Christine & John on May 12, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Our nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. They meant equality before the law and an equal claim to basic human dignity. Nobody thought to enforce equality beyond that since anything more would interfere with liberty. What people did in their private affairs was none of the government's business. Voluntary associations formed the unique base of American freedom and prosperity, as Alexis de Tocqueville famously described. The civil rights movements of the 1960s necessarily abridged the liberty to free association in the cause of greater equality. The difference between a life-giving medicine and a deadly poison often depends on the dosage. We do not need more medicine. Yet the Administration is adding new and ever more imaginative interpretations.

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Making the best of the worst

Posted by Christine & John on May 9, 2016 at 11:31 PM

I have argued against Hillary with passion for a quarter century. I think she is a crook and a liar and not nearly as smart as her supporters say. BUT Hillary is the lesser of the two evils. Trumps is plain batshit crazy. So a Hillary victory is the best likely scenario. Maybe Hillary can dump the Bernie crazies and move more toward the center. With moderate votes and lots of Wall Street money, she can be a moderate.

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Two Unclean Choices Ahead for Conservatives

Posted by Keeley on May 5, 2016 at 7:06 PM

How about conservatives wondering what to do next with Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee think of those limited government libertarians: Green Day? Good Riddance I hope you had the time of your life, could be their wishes for those who voted for Trump. And there is definitely a fork stuck in the carcass of their ambitions. Or more accurately, the scalpels are already digging deep into Cruz's campaign in what will be a few days of endless autopsies.

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Sanders and the Zombie Contested Convention

Posted by Keeley on May 2, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Could Indiana possibly put a contested GOP convention out of reach for Cruz, and Kasich as well? The answer is looking more like a yes than a maybe. But for those who yearn for the drama and dealing of a contested convention, take heart. There will almost definitely be a contested convention.

The only problem is knowing whether it will be Democrat or Republican, or possibly both.

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Trump Steams Kristol Dreams

Posted by Keeley on April 27, 2016 at 1:18 PM

The Trump train has rolled decisively through the Acela corridor. But now, Indiana is no longer a brave last stand by the #NeverTrump forces. It's the beginning of a brave new world, and like all utopias it seems a little wacky - to not say delirious - to skeptical unbelievers.

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What If All of America Suddenly Agreed With Liberals?

Posted by Keeley on April 22, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Would the Acela corridor and Greater LA to the Bay Area really wish for fly-over country to turn towards their urban, mostly liberal values? Imagine if suddenly Harvard professors, Wall Street plutocrat liberals, Hollywood Honchos and Silicon valley progressive techies could zap every individual who dissents from their peculiar platform of open borders, high tech displacement of labor, and zealous identity politics witch (or sombrero) hunts.

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Goodnight New York! Hellooo California!

Posted by Keeley on April 20, 2016 at 7:33 PM

So what if the audience chatted through much of Trump's speech last Thursday at the New York State Republican Gala? They're New Yorkers! Because when it came time to vote in the Empire State primaries, they turned out in droves for Trump. While the final reporting for some precincts will take some time, it seems Trump should fairly easily cross the 80 delegate mark and gain perhaps up to 85 delegates. Maybe a few more.

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Obama's Veto Will Help Keep Saudi Arabia Opaque

Posted by Keeley on April 18, 2016 at 10:55 PM

What did the theocratical powers in Riyadh know about 9/11? Will we ever know? Yes, Oil changed everything in 1938, but the nascent kingdom had spent centuries in its pre-unification days in the shadow of several empires: notably the Ottoman and British. And in those days, that made the Saudi kingdom a possible ally of America.

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Can Ryan or Trump Provide the GOP With a New Stool?

Posted by Keeley on April 14, 2016 at 3:47 PM

What the heck does conservative mean in America in 2016? Do we ask Paul Ryan for an answer? Subscribe to the National Review? Wait breathlessly outside the offices of the Weekly Standard for Hayes or Kristol to show up and ask for an autograph? Or if Kristol is on a cruise in Alaska or Europe, do we then send a message to his son-in-law Matthew Continetti's iPhone?

And await a measured, educated, pedantic response?

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It's All Good (Cash) If You're a Hillary Supporter

Posted by Keeley on April 12, 2016 at 12:36 PM

There are plenty of New York stories out there. Some inspiring, some less so. For example, consider this:

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio receives campaign contributions from a couple of businessmen - real estate developers - in New York. Rechnitz and Reichberg also helped plan his 2014 inaugural celebration through - what else? - an inaugural planning committee. At this point, the cast gets interesting.

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Trump Tosses a Grenade at NATO

Posted by Keeley on April 7, 2016 at 11:26 AM

As President Obama sighs with relief at his improved approval ratings, why not take a shot at Donald Trump? Everyone else is doing it. Especially when you are worldly and wise, in regards to the Middle East, for example. And your policies have been a raging success.

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Urban Bubbles and Wisconsin Troubles

Posted by Keeley on April 5, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Wisconsin right now is whatever you need it to be: exceptional, typical, a turning point, a stumbling block, prosperous and urban, hardworking and rural, fiscally conservative, common-sense conservative, and happy-yes-happy. If you are competing in the primaries, or voting, or just commenting.

The important point is: what will the Wisconsin primary mean going forward? For both the Democrat and Republican campaigns. Will Sanders prevail and keep Hillary edgy and angry? Will Cruz hand Trump a solid defeat and kick just out of reach of The Donald's grasp, that magical number of delegates?

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