How Trump figured out “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”

Ever since Thomas Frank’s “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” book came out in April, 2007, Democrats have been flummoxed about why so many Americans do not vote their economic interests. Frank asserts that Republicans have successfully convinced many Americans to value “social issues” more importantly than economic ones. That means that “God and guns” have…

Please stop calling the 2016 election unprecedented: It’s what Trump supporters want to hear

I’ve been thinking about that word—unprecedented. It’s become a buzzword in the 2016 election. Reporters and newsreaders generally frequently use it, but it is most apt regarding the latest outrageous statement by Donald Trump or his spokesliars. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” say reporters. Or, “This is a campaign like no other in our…

Hillary has always had it right about the “vast right-wing conspiracy”

Usually when someone speaks about a conspiracy, we think that person is some sort of a “conspiratorial freak.” That could not be further from the truth with Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton got it right in 1998 when she said that she was being attacked by a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” The VRWC (Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy) seemed…

In the 2016 Presidential campaign, money isn’t what it used to be, and consultants are sad

The usual spokespeople for the campaign-industrial complex are saying that Donald Trump’s campaign is “a mess,” “a disaster,” and that he’s not spending enough money on the usual stuff. That strategy, they claim, may be  why he’s going to lose the Presidential election in November. But I wonder if their complaints are based more on…