Baited By The Tweet

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

“Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis,” Hillary said last night. “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.” To be sure, after the convention, Trump let loose with a bunch of Tweets…. although it was clear that this was not Trump himself. This morning though, we … Read More

Breaking: 4th Circuit Overturns Lower Court; Finds That GOP “Intentionally” Passed “Discriminatory” Voting Rights Law

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Constitution, Courts/Law, Local Interest, Race, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit invalidated North Carolina’s stringent new voting restrictions, holding that the law violates both the United States Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. The North Carolina measure, the Fourth Circuit held, has a discriminatory impact on black voters, impermissibly burdening their voting rights under the VRA. More boldly, the court also … Read More

Highlights From DNC Day 4

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016Leave a Comment

It was a very well-orchestrated Day 4 of the convention, with some extraordinary speeches.  Unfortunately, the networks and 24 hours cable news stations didn’t cover some of the best ones, like these: (1) The father of a deceased Muslim soldier offering Trump his copy of the Constitution: (2) North Carolina’s Own, Reverend Barber shakes the walls: (3)  Friend of mine … Read More

A Look At Convention Ratings

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For some reason, Trump thinks that success in the political arena has to do with TV ratings.  During the GOP debates, he bragged about how he,and he alone, was responsible for the high TV ratings of the debates. So let’s play in that ballpark and see how the DNC is stacking up against the RNC — uh-oh: President Obama’s prime … Read More

A Word To The Bernie DeadEnders

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I’ve been fighting with them online for days.  Sarah Silverman called them “ridiculous”.  I GET that their guy lost, and I GET that that is hard to digest. But some of them — probably (I’m assuming) the fucking millennials — think something is OWED to them before they decide to back Hillary against Trump. Wrong. Anyway, I’m spent from those … Read More

A Bunch Of Funny Side Stories From This Week

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Local Interest, Republicans, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

(1)  NC GOP CAN’T DO ANYTHING RIGHT, INCLUDING MOCKING DEMS When Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night, the North Carolina GOP thought it quickly spotted something wrong. When Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night, the North Carolina GOP thought it … Read More

Day Four Of The DNC Already?

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016Leave a Comment

The stream of news that usually comes from political conventions has been a torrent for the past two days. This has not been a conventional convention. On Day One, you had the homage to Bernie, which spilled into Day Two with the Bernie Deadenders (that’s what I’m going to call those Bernie supporters who won’t vote in unity behind Hillary … Read More

The Case For Trump’s Kremlin Connection

Ken AshfordElection 2016, RussiaLeave a Comment

Yeah. It sounds like something out of a movie.  Very Manchurian Candidate-ish.  But over at Kos, they’ve compiled the facts: [W]ith apparently clear evidence that Russia hacked the DNC and released information designed to harm the Clinton campaign, there’s a question that has to be asked: Why?  Why would Russia hack into the emails of one American political party and push out … Read More

Let Me Remind You Fuckers Who I Am

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GUEST POST BY HILLARY CLINTON: What the fuck is your problem, America?? I’m Hillary goddamn Clinton. I’m a political prodigy, have been since I was 16. I have an insane network of powerful friends. I’m willing to spend the next eight years catching shit on all sides, all so I can fix this fucking country for you. And all you … Read More

Great DNC Moments

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Barack Obama’s 2004 DNC speech was historic.  So was Michelle’s this year.  Nobody expected it would be THIS good. And props to Demi Lovato for talking about mental health:

Yeah, I’m Nervous

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Events are moving fast and it is hard to document and comment on them.  We’re starting Day Two of the DNC and I am not a happy camper. Let me tell you why I have a bad feeling: (1) I think the Hillary people continue to underestimate the diehard Bernie people.  It should be clear to everyone by now that … Read More

Hillary’s Veep

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

There is an announcement expected any day, maybe even today. I predict it will be Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, safe and boring choice, with limited appeal to hardcore progressives. It should be Labor Secretary Tom Perez, a strong progressive who is still on her short list. Others on her short list are: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (safe, boring, but doesn’t help … Read More