The naïveté of supposedly authoritative political analysts never fails to stun.
Frank Bruni writes that the Sanders camp is “where the fiercest energy in the party resides right now.”
How does he know?
It was audible on Thursday night, in the boos from the audience that sometimes rained down on Clinton,
Wow, how many Bernie bros were booing? Three? Four?
The cable reportage leading up to the debate focused on the rousing support for Bernie evidenced by the masses attending his rally in Washington Square. It was contrasted to the smaller group listening to Hillary in the Bronx.
Bernie puts on a good show, but whence comes the assumption that the crowds enjoying it planned to vote for him? Had I been near Washington Square that evening, I too would have attended though Clinton is clearly my preference.
Hillary might have attracted a larger audience in the Bronx had the Democratic electorate there not been otherwise busy, juggling two kids and three jobs. Those are the people responsible for her 2-million-plus lead in the popular vote.
The white gentry running restrictive caucuses out West did run up a bunch of state wins …
Put the two stories together and you see the problem.
As The Washington Post reported last Wednesday, perhaps 15 percent of Bernie Sanders’ backers in the recent Wisconsin primary neglected to vote in any races other than the one starring Him. (By contrast, only 4 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters failed to vote in other races on the ballot.)
One of those contests involved choosing a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. The progressive JoAnne Kloppenburg had a good chance of toppling Rebecca Bradley, a right-wing appointee of Gov. Scott Walker. Had more members of the Sanders fan club bothered with the down-ballot races, Kloppenburg could very well have won.
In Victory for Unions, Law on Dues is Struck Down in Wisconsin.
That victory will probably short-lived because the matter will go to a “sharply divided State Supreme Court.” The Court is now even more likely to strike down a pro-union lower court ruling — in good part because Kloppenburg will not be on it.
Sanders can’t directly take the rap for this. He had endorsed Kloppenburg.…
Like you, I’m an urban liberal. Unlike you, I’m not a native or even part-time Texan. But I share your affection for a state that to progressive ears often sounds insane, if not dangerous.
The out-there elements are out there, for sure. But they’re not running the show for the rest of us– and certainly not in my experience. I go to Texas often for pleasure as well as business.
Friendly folks really say “howdy” as they pass on the sidewalks, of which there are some. (You do know that the big cities are totally cosmopolitan, each with a walkable neighborhood or two. Right?)
The big-sky landscapes are gorgeous, if you’re not a prisoner of the coastal mountain/ocean esthetic. Here’s a picture of me in the middle of a spring bluebell extravaganza:
The biggest kick of visiting Texas is seeing people having unselfconscious fun. Celebrating his birthday at a chain restaurant near my Houston motel a middle aged man stood up on the table and lustily sang, “The Old Gray Mare (he ain’t what …
It’s not quite true that nobody cares what happens in today’s Arizona, Utah and Idaho primaries. A mediocre performance by Cruz in Utah, for example, could greatly handicap his prospects for stopping Trump.
However, these voters are for the most part checking into a nominating process that’s already in its final acts. There’s a “prohibitive frontrunner” on the Democratic side and a way-ahead candidate on the Republican.
Primary and caucus participants no longer have the option of voting for Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio or Martin O’Malley — candidates who have dropped out.
Arizona’s polls close at 10 p.m. Mountain Time, when East Coast political analysts are in bed or headed there. In Utah, online voting for Republicans ends at 1 a.m. Mountain Time on Wednesday, an hour or two before the most ambitious East Coast commentators wake up.
Two things happened today that do not bode well for Apple.
First and foremost is the terrorist massacre in Brussels. That refreshes everyone’s understanding of why law enforcement must be able to get past the encryption on suspects’ cell phones. Information contained there could shed light on terrorist cells.
The second thing is the Justice Department’s announcement that it may not need Apple’s help after all. It may have found a third party able to break into Farook’s phone. That would mean that Apple can’t guarantee the absolute security of its iPhones, after all.