Tag Archives: Hillary Clinton

We need a leader who’s serious about fighting terrorism

According to a recent Washington Post poll, only 40 percent of Americans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing handling terrorism — a new record low. That’s no surprise, given comments that he’s made ranking climate change ahead of terrorism as a national security threat, and that after the San Bernardino attack his first […]

It’s time for Clinton to revise her enemies list

During the first Democratic presidential debate, moderator Anderson Cooper asked the candidates which enemy were they most proud of having. This was a fascinating question (and one that should be asked of the Republicans as well), though it elicited fairly predictable responses: The coal lobby, the National Rifle Association and “Wall Street and the pharmaceutical […]

How the Republican National Committee screwed up the 2016 primaries

Here’s one thing that was remarkable about Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado: It was just the third debate. By this point in the 2008 cycle, there had already been 12; at the same point in 2011, there had already been eight. Thus, in the 2016 cycle the public has had less chance […]

In 2016, experience should matter, lest we get another Obama

The biggest surprise of the 2016 presidential election cycle so far has not been the rise of Donald Trump specifically, but rather the rise in general of less experienced candidates and the implosion of far more experienced candidates. Already, two well-established governors — Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin — have left […]

The real question is, what did Clinton hide?

Throughout the endless saga surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails, a good deal of the discussion has surrounded what many members of the public likely consider bureaucratic minutiae. Debate has focused ad nauseam on topics such as exactly how her email server was set up (was it in a basement?), whether she had to have intent in […]

The GOP’s 17-candidate primary is a blessing, not a curse

With the first debate last week in Cleveland, the 2016 presidential election has entered a new, more serious phase. During that debate, Sen. Marco Rubio said that the Republican Party had been blessed with very good candidates while the Democrats “can’t even find one.” Though intended as a one-liner, Rubio was absolutely correct: the current […]

For Clinton, the new economy undercuts allies she depends on

There was an interesting dichotomy on display this week, as Hillary Clinton launched a new phase of her campaign (her third re-launch? her fourth?) with a focus on the economy. This was clearly a response to Bernie Sanders, the self-described socialist who has been drawing enormous crowds across the country as he began his campaign […]

2016: The year when confidence in America is restored?

It is becoming increasingly clear that people are losing confidence in this country. They’re losing confidence in our government to solve our problems here at home. They’re losing confidence in both political parties’ ability to lead. They’re losing confidence in our ability to lead the world, as the globe’s lone remaining superpower. This decreasing confidence […]

Cain’s announcement reveals the emptiness of her rhetoric on bipartisanship

Earlier this week, when I saw the news that former congressional candidate Emily Cain would again be running in Maine’s 2nd District, I had to do a double take. It wasn’t that Cain’s second run was such a galloping shock; indeed, it was pretty much a given. What I had to check was the calendar, […]

Muddled 2016 field offers opportunities to Republicans

In the past, Republican presidential primaries have been fairly orderly, especially in contrast to the Democrats’. GOP nomination fights have frequently come down to the “insider” candidate versus the “outsider” candidate. Sometimes the insider choice was more conservative (see, for example, Bush vs. McCain in 2000); other times they were seen as more moderate (see […]

Obama offers campaign planks, not solutions

In his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, President Obama attempted to invoke the unity theme of his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech and 2008 presidential campaign. However, on Tuesday — as in the past — this hyperbole was not reality-based, but was soaring rhetoric designed to win enough support to […]