Bernie Sanders in Twilight

Bernie Sanders is pushing back against media reports that Hillary Clinton will claim victory as the presumptive nominee in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, after the New Jersey primary and before the polls close in California. “There will be a contested convention,” says Sanders. Neither candidate will have an outright majority of all delegates, both … Continue reading Bernie Sanders in Twilight

What Will Happen When Obama Endorses Clinton?

Something political has been nagging at the back of my mind for a few days. Sometime very soon, Barack Obama will endorse Hillary Clinton and throw his full support behind her. He hasn’t yet officially, not while there are still Democratic primaries to be decided, but he has been quietly telling donors and major Democratic … Continue reading What Will Happen When Obama Endorses Clinton?

Bernie Sanders, the Candidate of Aspirations, not Actions

Let me be upfront — whoever is the Democratic nominee in November will have my vote. Pennsylvania will certainly be critical in November, and I cannot in good conscience cast a vote that could possibly lead to a Trump or Cruz presidency. Some men, like Cruz, want to watch the world burn, while other men, … Continue reading Bernie Sanders, the Candidate of Aspirations, not Actions

Bernie Sanders, Renowned Tormenter of Windmills

Although my policy preferences more closely match Bernie Sanders than any other candidate — an unscientific Facebook survey put me something like 96% in line with Sanders — I’m not excited by his presidential candidacy. I have given him five dollars (as I also gave to Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton) to get on his … Continue reading Bernie Sanders, Renowned Tormenter of Windmills

Harry Truman’s Defense of Liberal Principles

Yesterday, I discovered this remarkable campaign speech, delivered by Harry S. Truman in 1948. What fascinates me is that what Truman said nearly seventy years ago could be said today without changing a word. To whit: Today the forces of liberalism face a crisis. The people of the United States must make a choice between … Continue reading Harry Truman’s Defense of Liberal Principles