Most of what I write that’s not Gonzo satire is fact, or as close to it as I can come. In this case it’s different; the entire topic is subjective, and what we’re discussing here is entirely about motives and speculation. All I can tell you is what I’ve been told, what I’ve read, and what I’ve extrapolated from other sources; there’s some (more…)
Several times in the past few weeks, by several different people, I’ve been asked the following question in one form or another:
“What’s to stop Donald Trump simply refusing to accept the results of an election where he’s voted out?”
Several potential justifications or complex scenarios were presented for my consideration. In one, Trump would challenge in one or more states (such as California) on the grounds that illegal immigrants make up enough of the electorate to invalidate the results. Others, less (more…)
“The only people truly bound by campaign promises are the voters who believe them.” ― Christopher Hitchens
There are two types of promises: comforting lies, and those meant to be kept. Campaign promises differ from normal ones only in the choice of subject; where a doctor might tell a panicked child, “Now, you might feel a little pinch,” a politician will promise to end world hunger (more…)
(Editor’s Note: This dates from July of 2017. Aside from the fact that Cillizza is no longer new at the job, it’s aged pretty well.)
The online version of CNN has a new dedicated contributor in Chris Cillizza. In case you don’t know him, he’s an extremely clever writer, experienced in the arena of political commentary and a regular commentator and panelist on news shows. He wrote for many years for the Washington Post blog The Fix, and he knows politics, elections, and how the media views them.
He contributes daily content to the CNN site, unique for having his name attached to the headline instead of the more traditional byline. Considering his content ranges from virulently anti-Trump to passionately anti-Trump all the way to reasonable and thoughtful anti-Trump (more…)
On March 20th, I wrote an article about Director Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. The headline was, “Comey Testifies, Says Nothing”. Today, he testified as a private citizen before the Senate, and the story is the same. Once again, James Comey said nothing, and he said it well. (more…)
This year, Google has a live results page for the presidential elections. They’re reporting 100% of the results are counted in most states, and give a definitive result. So does Politico, and so does CNN. Each of the three draws their data from the Associated Press.