Short Takes

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016, Republicans, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

Yeah, I’m playing catch-up.  Been very busy since last week.  I have a little to say about a lot of things, so now comes a slam of quick posts. (1)  As for the clash in Phoenix between Islamophobes and would-be terrorists, the Islamophobes went home disappointed.  No violence. No anything, really: Protesters at Friday’s “Freedom of Speech” rally outside a … Read More

Hypocrite Cruz

Ken AshfordDisasters, Election 2016, WeatherLeave a Comment

He’s a weasel: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday assured Texans that the state would receive federal relief following major flooding, even though the senator opposed federal funding following Hurricane Sandy. “There are a series of federal statutory thresholds that have to be satisfied. Initially, it appears those thresholds are likely to be satisfied by the magnitude of the damage we’re … Read More

Santorum Elbows His Way Into The Clown Car

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

I’m told that, when all is said and done, there will be eighteen candidates for the GOP…. so I might have to scale back and only post when a MAJOR candidate throws his hat in the ring (like Jeb Bush, who has yet to do so).  Anyway, Rick Santorum is here: Former senator Rick Santorum will once again seek the … Read More

Liberals = Conservatives

Ken AshfordElection 2016, PollsLeave a Comment

Finally. Starting with Rush Limbaugh in the 1980’s (and helped by Reagan), the word “liberal” was viewed as a dirty word,  because being a liberal was viewed as being, well, a communist or something. The damage to both the word and ideology was profound, and even liberals had a hard time self-identifying as “liberal” (hence, the word “progressive”).  I knew it … Read More

Crosstabulation on Crazy

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Polls1 Comment

Democratic firm Public Policy Polling released a survey that found 32 percent of Republican primary voters believed the government was trying to take over Texas under the guise of the U.S. military’s planned “Jade Helm 15” training exercise. Forty percent of GOP primary voters did not believe the federal government was trying to take control of the Lone Star state … Read More

Another Fox News Personality Joins Clown Car

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Election 2016Leave a Comment

Man, this is getting silly: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is giving it another go and running for president in 2016, he announced on Tuesday. Before making his announcement at his campaign kickoff event in Hope, Arkansas, Huckabee recounted growing up nearby and attending high school and college in the state. “So it would be fitting that it would … Read More

Clown Car Gets Bigger

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Dr. Ben “Obamacare is the worst thing since slavery” Carson (a neurosurgeon) and Carly Fiorina (former CEO of Hewlett-Packard) join the GOP contenders for President.  Neither stands a chance. UPDATE:  Regarding the Fiorina campaign…. ooops.  Not a good start to her campaign. I know that the appeal of both these candidates is that neither one is a politician.  But you can … Read More

Hillary Has A Democratic Challenger

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Although he’s not a serious challenger.  In fact, he’s not really a Democrat. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a “democratic socialist,” will follow a formal statement with a major campaign kickoff in his … Read More

Campaigning “As A Woman”

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

The horrible thing about Maureen Dowd’s op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times (“Granny Get Your Gun”) is not what she says, but the existence of the op-ed in the first place.  For those of you not wanting to click through, Dowd writes about Hillary Clinton’s problem, which she describes this way: “She can’t figure out how to campaign as a woman.” … Read More

Whiny White Man Whines

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy2 Comments

Bill O’Reilly lays down the law because he’s white, Christian and oppressed.  Not that gender matters and not that he’s using his victimhood to bash a female candidate or anything: If you are a Christian or a white man in the U.S.A. it’s open season on you. Therefore Hillary Clinton has an advantage. She can run a general campaign, first … Read More

Pace Yourselves, Media

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Right Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

Sometime in this campaign season, several months from now, the press will start complaining of “Clinton fatigue”, and how everybody is sick of Hillary Hillary Hillary. When they do, I want everyone to remember that the New York Times ran an article yesterday about Hillary Clinton ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle in Maumee, Ohio. UPDATE:  Fox’s Andrea Tantaros, even … Read More