Republican Convention post-mortem
Citizen (Tim) Kaine
Debbie Downer gets dumped
Democratic Convention preview
by Kevin Kelton
I keep hearing the same forlorn complaint: “Why do we have such bad candidates this year? Why must we choose between the lesser of two evils?” But the truth is, our 2016 presidential candidates are not any worse than ever before.
Donald Trump, for all his personal peccadillos, is no worse on policy than Mitt Romney, who also promised anti-choice judges and a repeal of Obamacare, wanted to press immigrants to self-deport, and proposed tax cuts just as massive and just as onerous as Trump’s. And they are both just as recklessly hawkish and just as wealth-gap enabling as John McCain or George W. Bush. Take out Trump’s antipathy for trade deals (one of his few plusses), and you could line up all their policy positions in a spreadsheet and not be able to tell who belongs to which column.
Hillary Clinton, for all the GOP-inspired caricature myths about her trustworthiness and cozy relationship with Wall St., is very much in line politically and temperamentally with previous nominees Barack Obama, John Kerry, Al Gore, and Michael Dukakis. Read More
Hillary avoids indictment – what it means for her campaign
Race, Policing and Gun Violence – a painful discussion
The Kelly Thomas police beating death (video posted below)
Trump plays hardball with the party
What to expect at the GOP Convention
What happens when Bernie endorses
This is the video that is mentioned in our episode 44 podcast (“Politics, Policing, Pride, and Prejudice”) that shows the violent police arrest of Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, Los Angeles that led to his death.
by Kevin Kelton
On our weekly political podcast, “A More Perfect Union,” I got into a spirited exchange with my co-hosts about whether Bill Clinton’s private tarmac meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch created a potential conflict of interest. I argued that it didn’t. They thought I was crazy.
They were wrong; I am right. Read More
Politics through the eyes of Father’s Day
A Republican woman’s view of Hillary breaking the glass ceiling
Why can’t you have two women on a presidential ticket?
What knocked Bernie Sanders off Hillary’s vp short list?
The absolute, ultimate, best-est vp candidate that no one is talking about
How Orlando is changing the political landscape
Waiting periods and other things nobody can agree on
by Kevin Kelton
Romantic couples sometimes need the help of an objective outsider to break bad interpersonal habits and patch up hard feelings, and Facebook friends are no different. As a Facebook group moderator and Psych minor (and former dorm R.A.), I’m often called on to mediate conflicts among couples who are struggling politically. Here is one Private Message counseling session I had recently with a Bernie Smathers supporter and a Hillary Clayton voter. (NOTE: Names have been changed for privacy.)
Moderator: Good morning. You two seem unusually distant today. What gives?
Kathy: Him! Or more accurately, he doesn’t give. He is the least giving person I know. Ever since his Queen Hillary was crowned the nominee by the corporate media, he’s been gloating all over our news feeds.
Rick: I’m not gloating. I’m celebrating. My candidate won, and I’m happy. Why can’t you just accept that and be happy for me? Read More
The Libertarian Choice
Let’s meet a Bernie supporter
Do SuperDelegates vote? (Hint: Y-E-S !)
What the Bernie or Bust movement means
Will the Democrats have a contested convention? (Hint: N-O!)
Strip Tease at the Libertarian Convention
Trump as Mr. Classy
Fading hopes for a Trump-Sanders Debate
The Inspector General report on Hillary’s email
Democratic Delegate Selection Material (the “bylaws” that Mera referred to)