The spoiler

If Bernie Sanders ends up the Democratic nominee, we will probably have Michael Bloomberg to thank. Bloomberg’s plan to buy his way into the Democratic primary and largely by-pass the vetting process is backfiring. While he’s surging, he’s not surging enough. Instead,...
Rhyming with 1972

Rhyming with 1972

In poll after poll, Bernie Sanders is surging, Joe Biden is tanking and Mike Bloomberg is filling the gap. Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight predicts that Sanders will sweep up enough delegates by Super Tuesday to have an insurmountable lead. I’m trying to get my head...

Shifting the tax burden

Shifting the tax burden

Sales taxes are regressive. They take a larger percentage of money from low income families than they do higher income families. That’s why liberals in North Carolina howled when the Republicans running the legislature reduced the income tax rate on the highest...

I’ll stand with Amy

I’ll stand with Amy

When the presidential campaign started last year, I wrote a piece about why I liked Amy Klobuchar. Since then I’ve written pieces about most of the other candidates and have seriously considered them all. After a lot of thought, I’m sticking with Amy.  As I’ve said...

Fools and toadies

Fools and toadies

Nobody is making bigger fools of the GOP than Trump. Well, maybe they’re making fools of themselves but Trump is exposing how foolish they are. After acquitting Trump of charges that he asked Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political rival, Trump is now bragging about...

NC polls show Bloomberg surge

NC polls show Bloomberg surge

With early voting starting today in North Carolina, two polls give a little insight into where the election stands in the state. PPP and High Point University both show Joe Biden leading among likely voters. However, the polls were conducted in the midst of the Iowa...

A new top-tier?

A new top-tier?

Last night narrowed the Democratic field and introduced a new contender for the nomination. Bernie Sanders narrowly topped Pete Buttigieg in an ending similar to Iowa last week, but reversed. The newcomer to the top tier was Amy Klobuchar. She came in third, not far...

Of oligarchs and populists

Of oligarchs and populists

The wisdom on Mike Bloomberg’s strategy is coming into focus. He was recruited into the race by Democratic donors and insiders who saw Biden faltering last September. The former vice president failed to raise as much money has he should have and he was making gaffes...

Meddling

Meddling

Republicans are meddling in North Carolina’s Democratic primary. A dark-money group is spending more than a million dollars to promote Erica Smith over Cal Cunningham, the favorite of the political establishment. The group believes Smith would be an easier opponent...

The NC case for Mike Bloomberg

The NC case for Mike Bloomberg

Iowa's Democratic leadership disgraced itself and finally sealed the fate of their state's first-in-the-nation privilege. If the DNC does not replace the Iowa caucuses with a more representative state like Michigan, it will be guilty of political malpractice. Coming...

To the dustbin of obscurity

To the dustbin of obscurity

Mitt Romney told the truth on the Republicans yesterday. If they had any sense of honor, they would all be ashamed. Romney stood on the Senate floor and clearly and concisely debunked the president’s defense of the charges against him. He also laid out his...

Trumpmentum

Trumpmentum

It’s a long way to November and a lot will change. In the roller-coaster world of electoral politics, there are constant ups and downs. What one day seems imminently possible, the next seems utterly impossible. Right now, I’m in the trough. I sense that Donald Trump...

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