Socialist Bernie Sanders is running for President

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent who identifies himself as a Socialist, is running for president on the Democratic ticket.  You may think, another socialist?  But Sen. Sanders is at least open about his radicalism, and he has a constituency in the Democratic party.

Charles Lane discusses how the Democratic party has veered sharply to the left since Bill Clinton ostensibly brought the party to the center.  Now Hillary Clinton is having to present herself as “progressive,” despite her corporate ties and her record.  So now she is running against many of her husband’s policies. [Read more...]

Hillary says “religious beliefs. . .have to be changed”

Hillary Clinton says that “religious beliefs. . .have to be changed” when they interfere with “reproductive health care” (that is, abortion).  And pro-abortion laws “have to be backed up with resources and political will.”

Notice that she doesn’t say “religious beliefs have to change.”  That would arguably be bad enough, but it allows for religions to change themselves, from within, perhaps over time.  Instead, she said religious beliefs have to “be changed.”  The passive construction here means  that religious beliefs have to be acted upon from the outside.  Nor did she say, “religious beliefs should change,” expressing a moral opinion. No, they “have to” be changed, an imperative, as in giving an order.  Then when she throws in that line about “political will,” the language is clearly that of government suppression.

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Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy

Hillary Clinton has officially thrown her hat into the ring, announcing that she is running for president.  This is no big surprise.  She has long been assumed to be the inevitable Democratic nominee, as if she is the heir apparent.  Lots of people, many of them nostalgic for the prosperity of the Bill Clinton years, will support her, though even Democrats I’ve talked to are not all that enthusiastic about her.  Some say she is gaffe prone and doesn’t wear well.  And yet, it isn’t clear that any of the Republican contenders can defeat her.

What do you think?  I’d like to hear from both Democrats and Republicans.  Does she have qualities that would make her a good president?  Or the reverse?  Will she win?  Who could defeat her, and how would that be accomplished? [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton and her e-mails

What’s the big deal, one might ask, about Hillary Clinton using a private account for her e-mails when she was Secretary of State?  Maybe it was a technical violation of a very minor law, but lots of us use work e-mail for personal reasons and personal e-mail for work, so what does it matter?

Well, this was not a matter of using a g-mail or Yahoo account.  Mrs. Clinton had her own server with sophisticated secrecy features, protecting her messages from media and legal requests under the transparency laws.  The normally sympathetic Chris Cillizza explains why this is, in fact, a big deal after the jump. [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama

Hillary Clinton played the role of a loyal soldier when she was Secretary of State, but now that she is not working for the administration and now that she is gearing up for a presidential run, she is harshly criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy, promising to be more forceful, proactive, and hawkish.  I wonder how the left wing of the Democratic party will take this. [Read more...]

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...]


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