It hasn't been a good week for Hillary Clinton. It started with her describing half of Donald Trump's supporters as belonging in a "basket of deplorables ... racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it," and ended with her having to spend three days recovering from a mild bout of pneumonia. What made matters worse … Continue reading Hillary’s health scare has Trump on the rise
You can go home again. Despite the American writer Thomas Wolfe’s advice to the contrary in his novel, You Can’t Go Home Again, I went back to the US for the first time in a decade this month. The occasion was Villanova University’s Reunion Weekend where I attended the 50th reunion of the Class of … Continue reading A Villanova Reunion: Home is where the heart is, despite Donald Trump
New York may be the city that never sleeps, but it sure is the city (and the state) that likes to vote. The presidential primaries came to New York yesterday, and the results may just be a turning point in the campaign. As expected, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won big, and they acted like … Continue reading Primarily a New York State of Mind
Okay, you’ve seen the headline above, and you’re reading this post to see if I’ve gone crazy. Well, no, I’m just accepting the inevitable. Donald Trump is likely to win the presidency on November 8 because not enough Americans will realise how awful he will be and vote for him. They voted for Richard Nixon … Continue reading Why Trump will win: Remember Richard Nixon?
“’When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less’.” That was Lewis Carroll writing in the 19th Century when words meant something. Now words mean less rather than more, especially when spoken by politicians. It is a … Continue reading Listen to the Wordsmiths: When words are hogwash
“If someone told you ten years ago that Donald Trump would win the New Hampshire primary for the Republicans and Bernie Sanders would win the Democratic primary, you would have said they were crazy.” That was Jake Tapper, CNN presenter, speaking to the nation only a few minutes after the polls closed and the network … Continue reading Sanders and Trump: An odd couple of winners
I have written many book reviews over the decades, but this one means a lot to me. It’s about a book of poetry by my cousin – a friend, a former priest, an editor of an acclaimed Jesuit magazine, America, an appellate attorney in the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice fighting for … Continue reading Food for a Journey: Poems and prayers and memories of a renaissance man
Pity the poor editorial page editor who has to predict who will win the US presidential election a year ahead of the ballot. I was thinking that the other night as I listened to Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor of The Washington Post, who’s in Australia under the auspices of the US Studies Centre … Continue reading The US presidential election: Only 368 days to go!
"It was a great night for Democrats.” That was the reaction of Hilary Rosen, CNN political commentator, to the first Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate in Las Vegas. A Democratic strategist, she also thought it was a great night for her friend, Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady and Secretary of State. The respected Washington Post … Continue reading Hillary and Bernie: Democrats debating the real issues
I have been trying to avoid writing a post on Donald Trump because I find him so ridiculous that it would be a waste of time. But an intelligent young man, a frequenter of my local pub, actually believes he will be elected president of the United States. So it’s my duty as a dual … Continue reading The Trump Card: ‘I think I’ll get the nomination.’