Many have weighed in on whether Donald Trump's agendas - to the extent that they are different from what are now ratified Republican policies - are crackpot, unworkable, or radical: e.g., building a wall to enhance border enforcement ("And make Mexico pay for it!"), renegotiating trade deals with China, promoting Jacksonian nationalism rather than ecumenical internationalism, suspending immigration from Middle East war zones (after Trump dropped his call for complete Muslim exclusion), and disparaging an Eastern-corridor elite that derives privilege from the intersection of big politics, money, and the media.
Many commentators, watching the two party's conventions, have noted that Democrats and Republicans seemed to describing different countries. But if you listened carefully last night, you heard two groups of Democrats describing different countries too.
As the Democratic Convention opened in Philadelphia on Monday, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the controversial former head of the Democratic National Committee, had virtually disappeared from the proceedings. But there was still a lot of antagonism between some of Bernie Sanders's supporters and the Party establishment, and it was threatening to disrupt the Democrats' effort to produce a carefully coördinated show of unity.
Lie of the Day
Donald Trump said he was excited for the 2008 housing crash that devastated millions of American families, because he thought it would help him scoop up more real estate on the cheap.
- Elizabeth Warren, July 26, 2016
The former governor of Pennsylvania on Sunday repeated an oft-made claim about high-skilled, foreign guest workers - that they are needed to fill jobs Americans can't do.
While I'm not a betting man, when it comes to seeing a rebound in our nation's fiscal fortunes, we may have as good a chance at the racetrack as under a Hillary Clinton administration.
In picking Sen. Tim Kaine to be her running mate, Hillary Clinton turned to one of a small number of Democrats who voted to fast-track negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Although the media at large relished the chance to jump all over any sign of chaos or disunity at last week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, these same news outlets are showing a marked reluctance in gloating over this week's thundering discord at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
If President Obama has set the country on a course toward a new, more imperial presidency - supported by an activist Supreme Court that makes legislation rather than judge its constitutionality - a Hillary Clinton presidency will make Obama's presidency look like an exercise in laissez-faire government by comparison.
Although Sen. Bernie Sanders made a generous and valiant effort to unify a deeply divided party behind presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, his words capped a chaotic opening day for the Democratic National Convention.
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken took the #ImWithHer slogan to a new level Monday night and essentially encouraged parents to ditch their children and their families in order to support Hillary Clinton during his speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's speech Monday to assembled pledged delegates and supporters provoked some loud dissent - but for the complete opposite reason Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was booed at the Republican Convention last Wednesday.
If the election were held Monday, Donald Trump would likely win. That's what renowned statistician Nate Silver projected on Monday for his data journalism outlet FiveThirtyEight.
So Hillary is opposing TPP, and Obama is supporting it. The Press should force Obama to say whether he intends to press TPP after the election. And then they should force Hillary to say that if she is elected, and TPP passes after the election, then she will withdraw the United States from TPP.
Democrats, your party is playing you for chumps!