Third Party & Independents

Where Will The Next President Lead Us?

Posted by GregB on May 24, 2016 at 7:26 PM

As the US presidential election moves nearer, the question remains where will the next president lead us? Trump, Clinton, and Sanders all have publicly stated their agendas but what a candidate says isn't always what happens.

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Can Bernie Sanders Go The Distance?

Posted by GregB on May 23, 2016 at 6:17 PM

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders I-VT, is still in there swinging as the Democratic nomination process heads to the big California primary next month. The question is, if he does win over California will he be able to go the distance all the way to the convention?

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Don't Talk About Debt; Scream About Entitlements!

Posted by AllardK on May 20, 2016 at 3:04 PM

As Philip Klein writes in the Examiner, America's steadily growing public debt is every young person's nightmare, because the tough choices keep getting kicked down the road. Do young(er) people care?

Just look at who's supporting Bernie Sanders: overwhelmingly his support comes from younger voters. And as a survey released by Vox last April 14 on the eve of tax day shows, younger voters are not willing to pay enough additional taxes to fund Sanders universal healthcare plan, nor his education plan.

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Will Trump Tweet Willett Off the List?

Posted by AllardK on May 19, 2016 at 7:15 PM

If Justice Scalia was supposed to have a sense of humor, a Justice Willett would take it to another level.

Who? Judge Don Willett of the Texas Supreme Court. That would be Justice, as in SCOTX, of course. And Judge Willett loves tweeting almost as much as Trump. Sometimes about Trump. Mostly making fun of Trump.

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The Unbearable Pain of Inappropriate Pronouns in NYC

Posted by AllardK on May 17, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Thank you Heather Mac Donald. As she wrote in the National Review:

A pipeline now channels left-wing academic theorizing into the highest reaches of government and the media.

No kidding. You might even say the pipeline has been in construction - by the deconstructionist proponents of post-structural whatever-you-feel-likeism - for some time now. So why should we be shocked and angry that gender is merely a construction? If academic radicals figured this apparent truth out a few decades ago - after bombing government buildings didn't work out too well - then the masses will have to bow to their guidelines. Right?

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Speaker Ryan Can't Fake It

Posted by AllardK on May 11, 2016 at 7:51 PM

So how does it go again in the Art of The Deal? Protect the downside and the upside will take care of itself. In other words, imagine the worst outcome and prepare to deal with it, so if it happens you can handle it. Maybe Paul Ryan has read up a little on the Art of The Deal. Because he has deliberately dowsed with tepid water any expectations of a magically unified Republican Party as the result of his get together with Trump this Thursday.

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If It's Tuesday It Must Still Be Primary Season!

Posted by AllardK on May 10, 2016 at 5:45 PM

It's Tuesday, so it still must be primary season! And in the great plains of Nebraska, there is a slender shoot of hope sprouting up to warm the sunny hearts of all conservatives who fear being scythed down-ticket come November. Ted Cruz might just be willing to come back baby. You can blame it all on Trump. And on that last personal stab at Ted, and his father. Not to mention dragging the senator's wife into the mud, a month or so before that.

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Crooked Hillary Would Drag Ryan's Optimism Into a Swamp

Posted by AllardK on May 6, 2016 at 4:04 PM

Paul Ryan has a problem with Trump and is not shy about saying it. To people like Jake Tapper at CNN, for example. And what seems to be bothering Ryan - beyond clear policy differences on immigration, trade, entitlements, and how to approach national security - is the identity politics thing.

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A Polished Speech That Cruz Would Rather not Have Given

Posted by AllardK on May 4, 2016 at 7:42 PM

It was a silly little joke by Fox's Neil Cavuto, but it actually had some bite. While showing video of Leicester (as in England as in soccer) fans in screaming, bouncing, beery ecstasy over their franchise finally winning the league after 100 and who-knows-how-many years of existence, Cavuto joked it was footage of voters being told the primary season was over. Ha. Ha.

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Come on Governor McAuliffe Double Down!

Posted by AllardK on April 29, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Don't misunderstand or underestimate Terry McAuliffe, the very forgiving governor of Virginia. Allowing hundreds of thousands of convicted felons to vote and doing it in one big blanket amnesty-like executive action, is merely fighting the good fight to defend the First Amendment.

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Carly's Brilliant; but She's No Coal Miner's Daughter

Posted by AllardK on April 28, 2016 at 9:15 PM

The singing was a little unsettling, but Carly's mind is a force to be reckoned with. And she returned to center stage with a raging thirst for the opportunity to unleash the incendiary but enlightened rhetoric she is capable of. Will Fiorina make a difference to Ted Cruz's campaign in Indiana, where it is a matter of political life and death?

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Tit-for-Tat for Ted and John

Posted by AllardK on April 25, 2016 at 10:16 PM

Will the Kasich-Cruz axis - or the JT Team if you wish - last long enough to fulfill it's function? That means all of a week - or a week and a day seeing it was announced late Sunday evening. Can they hold it together through more than 7 grueling days and countless probing questions from evil journalists who snidely will wish to know: is this for real? And it has to last until May 3. That's a long time given the way this nomination race has played out so far.

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The Joy of GOP Convention Rules

Posted by AllardK on April 21, 2016 at 8:57 PM

When trust is at a low point, process becomes viewed with suspicion, nay, even paranoia. So what normally is an arcane meeting of Republican activists and party members - this time in Hollywood Florida - instead became the focal point of yet another controversy in the GOP's once-in-a-lifetime circus of a nomination process.

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Can Ted Go a-Thwarting in Brooklyn (and Berkeley)?

Posted by AllardK on April 19, 2016 at 7:57 PM

If you want to change parties, go west young woman - yes young men too. Anyone, in fact, who becomes convinced they're backing the wrong candidate in the wrong party will find that voter registration deadlines - crucial in closed primaries - are earliest down (and north) east and much later out west. Fivethirtyeight has a great little chart summing it up.

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Hillary and Bernie Will Have to Bare Their Fangs

Posted by AllardK on April 15, 2016 at 1:22 AM

At the Thursday Democrat debate in New York City, Sanders will try to claw back Hillary's lead. Will he be able to? NYC is all about identity politics and big money. So Bernie will rail against the Wall Street Banks and hopefully show a little more depth of understanding, without seeming to be bowing before the complexities of high finance. And both Bernie and Hillary will scuffle and scrape over identity politics. Like giving illegals - mostly Latinos - driver's licenses and who voted for what on similar micro-issues.

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