Tag Archives | 2016

The Bubble

Democrats looking to figure out what went wrong and how to recover would actually be well-advised, for once, to take a cue from “Saturday Night Live.” No, I’m not recommending Alec Baldwin’s slightly lame impersonation of Donald Trump. I’m recommending their post-election sketch about left-leaning urbanites wanting to escape to a “bubble”—not just the metaphorical […]

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Post-Mortem

Last week, I got knocked down by something that sure felt like the flu—or maybe it was just a really severe case of post-election depression. I don’t think that’s the case, though, because I was already pretty depressed before Election Day. At any rate, I’m sorry for not sending out much in the past week. […]

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NeverTrump Is Over. So What Does It Do Next?

NeverTrump is over. I don’t mean that the idea was invalid or has been discredited. Certainly not by the election results, partly because it’s clear Trump squeaked by without a majority against a particularly unpopular and unloved opponent. Heck, he didn’t even get a plurality, since Hillary Clinton edged him out slightly in the popular […]

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Our New Reality TV President

One of the more intriguing facts to emerge from Tuesday’s vote is that Donald Trump won a greater share of black and Hispanic votes than Mitt Romney. Chew on that a little. A man widely denounced as a racist (and not totally without basis) who launched his campaign with disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants should […]

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How to Vote When There’s Nobody to Vote For

How do you vote in an election when there is no lesser of two evils? We’re used to having to make a tough choice between candidates we don’t like. But what do we do in a year when there is no basis for making that decision? What about a year when it’s a choice between […]

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How to Avoid the Democrats’ Fate

Hillary Clinton’s use of an insecure private server for thousands of sensitive State Department e-mails—a controversy rather questionably dismissed by the FBI earlier this year—has been re-opened unexpectedly less than two weeks before the election. And it’s all thanks to Anthony Weiner, the pathetic, compulsively self-destructive husband of Clinton factotum Huma Abedin. In the process […]

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All Over But the Shouting

It’s all over but the shouting, and judging from his reaction at the end of the third debate, Trump knows it. I’ll give some advice later about how to vote in a year when our votes probably won’t make much difference. Except that they will make a difference lower down: Hillary Clinton is now focusing […]

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Escape from Soviet Valley

I recently warned that the campaign against Palmer Luckey, one of the creators of the Oculus virtual reality headset, was an ominous sign that Silicon Valley is adopting a Soviet-style code of all-pervasive political conformity. The goal of the campaign against Luckey was to get his new boss, Mark Zuckerberg—Facebook bought out Oculus in 2014—to […]

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Choose Your Sexual Predator

Just when you think 2016 can’t get any worse, it does. The presidential election now boils down to asking Americans to choose which sexual predator they prefer. That’s the upshot of Sunday night’s debate. I suppose some policy issues were discussed, but nobody is talking about them and nobody really believes that the candidates (particularly […]

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How Not to Watch the Vice-Presidential Debate

How do you watch tonight’s vice-presidential debate? I have no idea, because I have no intention of watching it. And neither should you. The vice-presidential debate will be even more inconsequential than usual this year for four reasons. 1. The VP candidates won’t offer any surprises. Mike Pence and Tim Kaine are sober, serious, experienced […]

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