“Suppose they gave an election and nobody came.” Okay, that was a paraphrase of a 1970s movie title, but it popped into my mind about halfway through the second agonising, awful debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I was sitting next to my wife, who was groaning nearly every time Trump spoke, and I … Continue reading Hillary Clinton, watch your back: There’s a bully behind you
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!
“One can reach a point of humiliation where violence is the only outlet.” Arthur Koestler 1905-1983. “It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.” Dr Samuel Johnson 1709-1784 Those are two sides of the argument for gun control: that there … Continue reading A plea for a farewell to (semi-automatic) arms
If this were a three round Olympic heavyweight championship, Mitt Romney would be leading Barack Obama on points. But fortunately for the champion, there are still two rounds to go, and he’s the sort of fighter who likes to win, so he should be able to make a successful comeback. After watching the debate, I’d … Continue reading Obama v Romney: The Not-So-Great Debate
Last week, as a Democrat Abroad, I admitted I was worried about the US presidential election after the Republican National Convention. (http://wp.me/p1Ytmx-7H) Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan had pushed all the right buttons, Ann Romney gave a good would-be First Lady speech, and they even had a Hollywood star as a guest … Continue reading Barack Obama: Take the long road with me
As a Democrat Abroad, I’m worried about the US presidential election. I still think Barack Obama will be re-elected president, but the Republicans have finally started running a smart campaign. The Republican National Convention in Tampa last week developed a strategy that might work. First of all, the Republican hierarchy proved that Mitt Romney was … Continue reading Clint Eastwood chairs the Republican convention
“Once there were two brothers. One ran away to sea, the other was elected Vice-President, and nothing was ever heard of either of them again.” That witty quote came from Thomas R. Marshall, who just happened to be US Vice-President for two terms (1913-1921) under Woodrow Wilson. In his early years, he took to drink, … Continue reading Paul Ryan: The deer hunter who would be president
“The fat lady’s singing. No matter how you put it, it’s over. There’s no way he’s going to be able to stop Romney at this point.” That’s Howard Dean’s former campaign manager, Joe Trippi, talking about Republican candidate Rick Santorum after the front-runner, Mitt Romney, won primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia … Continue reading Pundits declare: The party’s over