GOP Governors Not Good At Handling COVID, Public Says

Ken AshfordEbola/Zika/COVID-19 Viruses, PollsLeave a Comment

Oh look. It seems that people aren’t impressed with their GOP Governors following the Trump model of lying, blowing smoke, blaming and otherwise acting like assholes during a major public health crisis: While governors’ ratings for communicating about the virus and caring about their communities are down slightly, this is not uniform across the country but varies by the party of the … Read More

Unhinged Trump

Ken AshfordElection 2020, Polls, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

In the past few days Donald Trump has: Cranked up the volume on his pointless cold wars with China and Iran Turned mask wearing into a culture war campaign issue Accused a TV host of murdering an intern Declared war on voting by mail and accusing children of committing voter fraud Insisted that James Comey and a variety of others … Read More

Impeachment: An Historic Day

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Ukraine, Polls, Trump & Administration, Trump ImpeachmentLeave a Comment

At each step in the impeachment saga, President Trump’s defense has shifted as prior ones fell apart. At first, Democrats were dragging things out. Now they’re moving too quickly. For months, the Inspector General probe would prove the FBI acted out of political bias in opening an investigation into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia. Now that the IG concluded … Read More

House Impeachment Hearings Over: What Now?

Ken AshfordCongress, L'Affaire Ukraine, Polls, Trump & Administration, Trump ImpeachmentLeave a Comment

I join everybody else in believing that President Trump will be impeached by the House. Sadly, I think two or three Democrats will not join the rest of the party, but I doubt there will be any Republican defectors, and the GOP will make mincemeat of that. In the Senate, I had hoped there would be signs of adulthood, but … Read More

Today In Impeachment News

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Ukraine, Polls, Trump & Administration, Trump ImpeachmentLeave a Comment

The House impeachment inquiry is zeroing in on two White House lawyers privy to a discussion about moving a memo recounting President Donald Trump’s phone call with the leader of Ukraine into a highly restricted computer system normally reserved for documents about covert action. Deepening their reach into the West Wing, impeachment investigators have summoned former national security adviser John Bolton to … Read More

I Can’t Believe This A-Hole Is President: Part LXVII

Ken AshfordEmoluments Violation, Middle East, Polls, Syria, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

When gently corrected by one of the astronauts about how other women have spacewalked, Donald Trump uses his middle finger to "fix" his hair. How is this even real life? — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 21, 2019 "We never agreed to protect the Kurds…we never agreed to protect the Kurds for the rest of their lives," Trump said at … Read More

Mulvaney Says It Out Loud

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Ukraine, Polls, Trump & Administration, Trump ImpeachmentLeave a Comment

Yesterday marked the day when even Donald Trump’s own people placed him squarely at the center of the impeachment inquiry into his efforts to extort Ukraine for personal political gain. White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney made a stunning admission of a quid pro quo by confirming that President Donald Trump froze nearly $400 million in U.S. security aid to Ukraine in part … Read More


Ken AshfordL'Affaire Ukraine, Polls, Trump & Administration, Trump ImpeachmentLeave a Comment

I have doubts that Trump will be impeached, let alone removed. The bar is so low, but it has moved incrementally. He almost would have to shoot someone on Fifth Avenue before Republicans in Congress get a backbone. I mean, here’s the latest: Two of President Trump’s top envoys to Ukraine worked on a statement for the country’s new president … Read More

Impeachment Weekend

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Ukraine, Polls, Republicans, Trump & Administration, Trump ImpeachmentLeave a Comment

Compared to last week, there was little development over the weekend on the impeachment inquiry, but for a lot of eyes on the Trump team’s defense, as well as GOP reaction in Congress. From the talking heads on Sunday’s news shows, it looks like the Trump team defense is going to be… ineffective. On this particular day, the GOP decided … Read More

House Passes Resolution Condemning Trump’s Racist Tweets On (Mostly) Partisan Lines

Ken AshfordPolls, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

That was Trump’s reaction to the House resolution condemning Trump for his racist tweets: Amazing. Rep @ericswalwell verbatim cites 45’s racist remarks—& while refusing to condemn the remarks as racist, GOP demands they be “taken down” b/c they’re “unparliamentary” So they’re not racist when 45 says them but “unparliamentary” when repeated?🤔 — Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) July 17, 2019 Trump … Read More

Dem Debate Fallout

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2020, PollsLeave a Comment

We are several days (including a weekend) following the Democratic debates, and the field is taking shape as expected. Warren and Harris are up; Bide is down. Here are some graphs: Post-debate CNN poll: 2020 Democrats 6/28-30 (change from 5/28-31) Biden 22% (-10)Harris 17% (+9)Warren 15% (+8)Sanders 14% (-4)Buttigieg 4% (-1)Booker 3% (-)O’Rourke 3% (-2)Klobuchar 2% (-)Castro 1% (-1)de Blasio … Read More