Tag: campaigns

Super Tuesday Results & the Way Forward

Donald Trump wins seven of eleven states and some people call the race over. Yet Super Tuesday’s results aren’t as clear as some would like to believe. Number of states won is not the same as number of delegates won—and that latter category is what determines the ultimate winner. It appears that Trump now has 316 of the 1237 needed to win the nomination, while Cruz is at 226 in his delegate count. That’s not exactly a blowout at this… Read more »

Our Campaign Dramedy

With Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders in the presidential race, this campaign has taken on historic significance already—as possibly the most bizarre in American history. First, we have a former First Lady, senator, and secretary of state who could be the first First Lady and secretary of state to end up in prison. Besides that, she’s also, shall we say, a trifle greedy and disconnected from what most people experience in life: Just this past week, she tried… Read more »

A Monday Potpourri

My goal each day is to offer something worthy of your time. I mean, why stop by this blog otherwise? So I usually find some kind of theme, whether spiritual, cultural, or political on which to base my comments. But I freely admit it’s not always easy. Some mornings, as I sit down in front of this laptop, I feel like I have nothing to say to anyone. That’s not good for someone who is trying to maintain a daily… Read more »

On Behalf of an Adult Conversation on the Issues

The presidential campaign finally has gotten around to an important issue: the future of Medicare. At least that’s what the Republican ticket wants it to be—a campaign focused on real issues. It’s having a hard time, though, getting the Obama team to cooperate: One can understand why the president doesn’t want to talk about all those other things; they all point to his failures. He seems to have concluded that his best option for reelection is to tear down his… Read more »

The Diversionary President

Presidential campaigns are rarely things of beauty. In my course that covers the second half of American history, I show some videos of campaign ads. Some of the worst come from the LBJ campaign against Barry Goldwater in 1964. When I say “worst,” I mean in the sense of misleading. The message communicated by the Johnson team that year was that if we elected Goldwater, he would blow up the world. Literally. The most famous/infamous ad was of a little… Read more »

Avenger Obama Going “Forward”

I wrote a post a few days ago about the Obama campaign’s new slogan, “Forward.” It’s so ripe for parody, it’s almost too easy to do. Examples abound, many with the same theme: What were they thinking by promoting this slogan? The cartoonist Michael Ramirez may have figured it out: Obamacare is nowhere to be found in any current Obama ads. Wonder why? What does he have that he can tout? Well, one thing: Maybe you can get the T-shirt:… Read more »

Campaigner-in-Chief

Speaker John Boehner says President Obama “checked out” of being president quite a while ago. Instead, he has been in full campaign mode. He’s jetting around the country on Air Force One, paid for by the taxpayers, holding one rally after another. Of course, at every stop he schedules one event he can claim is policy-oriented. This provides wonderful cover for the real purpose of his travels. Why pay for campaigning with one’s own money when one can use the… Read more »