Is Hillary Clinton inevitable?

Hillary Clinton has almost been anointed by the media as the next president, and she certainly looks that way in the polls right now.  I suspect that the Democratic nomination is hers if she wants it, which she surely will.  But I think Mrs. Clinton will not wear well when the general public is exposed to her over and over again in a presidential campaign.  She lacks, I believe, the likeable factor.  And as her book tour is showing, she is gaffe-prone and tone-deaf.  Also, her big area of experience–running American foreign policy, as Secretary of State–is the most obvious disaster-area of the Obama administration.

Tom Bevan doesn’t even think she will run, giving 5 reasons why she won’t, after the jump.  His points show specific weaknesses in her as a candidate.  What do you think? [Read more...]

A post-mortem of Obama’s foreign policy

British journalist Charles Moore has written a devastating critique of President Obama’s foreign policy.  Read it all, but sample the excerpts after the break. [Read more...]

A liberal changes his mind on the Tea Party

The liberal MNSBC commentator Chris Matthews has declared, “”This looking down our noses at tea party people has got to stop.”  He says they have legitimate grievances and are responding to the corruption and dysfunction of the government just like Eastern Europeans did under Communism. [Read more...]

Liberal culture & conservative culture

A new Pew study of the political polarization in this country has found some distinct cultural differences between liberals and conservatives.  Read about it after the jump, where I also offer some observations and propose something for us to discuss. [Read more...]

Populist conservatives vs. big business

The left stereotypes conservatives as the tools of big business, but, as I keep saying on this blog, there are many different kinds of conservatives, and a good many of them–especially the populists associated with the Tea Party– oppose powerful corporations for some of the same reasons leftists do.  Thus, the Washington Post reports that big business is mourning the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and is dismayed at the rise of tea party favorite David Brat, a strong critic of “crony capitalism,” the partnerships between big business and big government.  (See this for Prof. Brat’s ideas about economics and Christianity.)

So is there the possibility of a left/right populist coalition?  The Republican elite and the Democratic elite mostly agree on the cultural issues, though possibly ordinary people in both parties–Catholic Democrats and evangelical Republicans– have more in common on these issues than they realize. [Read more...]

The other professor in the race for Cantor’s seat

The defeat of the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor–reportedly the first time someone holding that office has been ousted in a party primary–has Washington, D.C., in a state of shock.  (Cantor, who had been projected as a future successor to House Speaker John Boehner, has announced that he is resigning his post.)  His unheralded opponent, David Brat, was thought to have no chance, but he was supported by grass roots conservatives identified with the Tea Party movement, and he won the election by a wide margin.

Some Democrats are gleeful that, by electing an inexperienced Tea Party candidate, that a once safe seat for the Republicans in the Virginia district is now in play for them.  The problem is, the Democrats were expecting an impossible race against Cantor, so their candidate is equally unheralded and inexperienced.  Jack Trammell was the only one who filed for the election and all of his paperwork isn’t even in. [Read more...]


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