Archive of Articles for September, 2016

Friday Talking Points [408] -- Media Gets Played By Trump, Again

[ Posted Friday, September 16th, 2016 – 15:42 UTC ]

The media got played by Donald Trump this morning, once again. Picture Charlie Brown lying flat on his back, wondering why he keeps falling for the old kick-the-football bit. That was cable television, after they had carried -- live -- a full hour of an empty podium (Trump didn't start on time), then a full-on advertisement for Trump's new D.C. hotel, then some surrogates saying how wonderful Trump was. At the very end, Trump uttered the 30 seconds of soundbite the cable channels had been waiting for, and then even though it was billed as a press conference, Trump walked off and refused to answer any questions.

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Oldest, Or Second-Oldest

[ Posted Thursday, September 15th, 2016 – 15:08 UTC ]

Up until the past week, there was one aspect of the 2016 presidential race that most had completely overlooked. Barring any third-party surprises, America is about to elect either the oldest or the second-oldest first-term president ever. Furthermore, if Bernie Sanders had edged Hillary Clinton out for the Democratic nomination, we would have been guaranteed to elect the oldest first-term president in our entire history.

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Emerging From The Great Recession

[ Posted Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 – 16:18 UTC ]

There was some rather important economic news yesterday, which could be summed up as "things are getting better." Incomes are rising, unemployment has stayed low, the number of uninsured Americans has now dropped by half (thanks to Obamacare), and all of these things are happening at historic rates. The Great Recession is finally over, in other words.

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Piercing Trump's Tax Deflection

[ Posted Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 – 17:06 UTC ]

You could call this whole article an open letter to Lester Holt, I suppose. But it's really directed towards anyone at all in the media, because from what I've seen so far they all are missing the chance to ask Donald Trump a painfully obvious followup question, and instead are following Trump down a rabbit hole of his own making.

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The Deplorable Basket Case

[ Posted Monday, September 12th, 2016 – 17:31 UTC ]

Hillary Clinton made a deplorable basket case this weekend. That is, she made the case that "half" of the supporters of Donald Trump belong in a "basket of deplorables." It just sounds funnier to say it the first way, that's all.

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Friday Talking Points [407] -- Two Promises Hillary Clinton Should Make

[ Posted Friday, September 9th, 2016 – 17:29 UTC ]

Before we begin, we promise we'll get to that rather-provocative subtitle later, as we turn this week's talking points section over to an attempt at providing campaign advice for Team Clinton. We've been long wondering why Hillary hasn't made some sort of effort to put these two large issues behind her on the campaign trail, and our frustration has led us to offering up what she should say in order to achieve this goal.

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Lauering The Bar

[ Posted Thursday, September 8th, 2016 – 16:21 UTC ]

One of the risks I regularly take as a blogger is to write and publish my own reactions to major political events (like debates) before I even look at what anyone else is saying. This assures the reader that my opinions and perceptions will be untainted by groupthink, and solely my own. I cannot follow the pack, as it were, if I have no idea where they're headed. But, as with any risk, occasionally it puts me in a position at odds with the political universe.

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My Snap Reactions To NBC Candidate Forum

[ Posted Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 – 22:51 UTC ]

Tonight we saw the NBC pre-debate. The non-debate debate. Officially a "candidate forum," both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump appeared on the same stage -- but not at the same time. The stage was an impressive one, or at least the exterior shots were, since it was held on an aircraft carrier in New York City. This was to highlight the subject of the event: foreign policy and the military.

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Playing Hooky

[ Posted Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 – 16:54 UTC ]

There will be no column today, as I will instead be playing hooky. I posted another Electoral Math column yesterday, while everyone else was on vacation (I like to post them on Mondays), so I'm taking today off as compensation.
I will try to get to answering some comments tonight -- I've been rather busy [...]

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2016 Electoral Math -- Hillary Slides Back

[ Posted Monday, September 5th, 2016 – 16:41 UTC ]

It's time to take a look at the presidential horserace once again, using the smartest metric available: Electoral Votes (EV) charted over time. The last of these columns ran two weeks ago, and we've had lots of movement to cover since then, as 14 states shifted around on the map.

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