Category Archives: National

Why Trump’s pivot will fail

Last week, Donald Trump said he is trying to pivot. For a few days afterwards, Trump talked somewhat differently and appeared to shift his position on immigration, the issue with which he started his campaign. But pivoting highlights Trump’s campaign woes and probably won’t convince people who have already created impressions of him. As political […]

Clinton speech wasn’t rhetorically brilliant. That made it work.

Hillary Clinton at a forum in Denmark, South Carolina on Feb. 12. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

Hillary Clinton is a policy wonk who, whether as an elected official or not, has been in the arena for decades, Her speech wasn’t rhetorically strong like the ones given by the Obamas, Bill Clinton, Cory Booker and some others. But it was a speech that was authentically Hillary Clinton. Yesterday I mentioned three themes […]

Closing an incredible convention, Clinton can tap profound moments of her life and campaign

Hillary Clinton at a forum in Denmark, South Carolina on Feb. 12. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

What a Democratic convention it’s been, full of optimism and remarkable rhetoric. Sure, there are still some Sanders delegates who haven’t moved toward Clinton and maybe never will, but they are a small portion overall. Unity was promoted by the very process of being in the hall together and hearing popular figures like the Obamas, […]

Uproar in Philly does not reflect most Sanders backers

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There’s uproar in the streets of Philadelphia, as pro-Sanders protestors carry signs, a giant paper mache marijuana joint and shout (sometimes vulgar) slogans. And today, when Sen. Bernie Sanders held a meeting with delegates, some booed when he said they should support Hillary Clinton. But how representative are these individuals of people who voted and caucused […]

Authoritarianism and fear at the Trumpian GOP convention

Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, in March. Carlo Allegri | Reuters

Has there ever been a scarier, more authoritarian vision of politics than the one shown at the Republican convention in Cleveland? If so, I can’t remember it. The convention’s first night, dedicated to the theme of Make America Safe Again, promoted the ideas that crime has risen, immigrants are criminals and Clinton and Obama were […]

Clinton critics blast emails as GOP national security Trump critics shrug

Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, in March. Carlo Allegri | Reuters

After FBI Director James Comey announced it didn’t make sense to indict Hillary Clinton over anything to do with her State Department emails, her critics got very angry. Some, including Donald Trump, got very angry and floated conspiracy theories about why she wasn’t being charged. A group of Republicans with deep involvement in national security […]

As Trump arrives in Bangor, more Republicans step away

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons)

Donald Trump’s trip to Bangor comes at a time when many in his own party have distanced themselves from him. This is a national phenomenon. Trump is so toxic that Republicans are deciding not to go to the Republican National Convention and turning down speaking roles. Funding for the convention is low because sponsors don’t […]