Political accountability

As Donald Trump implodes, and (perhaps) takes the Republican Party with him, finger-pointing abounds. Why should I resist the temptation? I have written before in this space about my dismay that Republican Party officials signed on with Trump long before there was any need to. Whatever one may say about the need for party loyalty after Cleveland, Trump’s unacceptability to Utah Republicans was glaringly obvious when Utahns For Trump was organized, way back in February. Three elected party leaders were part of this effort, and my finger is now pointing…

Why I left the party

The day after Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for the presidency, I changed my party registration from Republican to Unaffiliated, and resigned as Precinct Vice-Chair and State Delegate. Simply put, I cannot belong to a party that has Donald Trump at its head. I cannot because Donald Trump is _________________________. You can fill in the blank with your own predicate adjective. Heaven knows there are enough to choose from. My favorites include “amoral,” narcissistic,” “a megalomaniac,” “a sociopath.” None of these have anything to do with policy, but if…

A flawed case for Ted Cruz

David Rogers has again weighed in for Ted Cruz as the vehicle for a Stop Trump Movement. While I agree with much of his analysis, I cannot accept it all. As I have admitted before, I am a committed supporter of Marco Rubio, but I like to think that does not determine my analysis, as much as it might provide a tinge of color. Passing over the question of whether Cruz or Rubio would run better against Hillary Clinton (my reading of the polls is that Rubio would – David…

Two to tango: But which two?

David Rogers in this space yesterday calls for unity against Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. His article, using an attractive dance floor metaphor, is a demonstration of why it can’t happen. Dave’s prescription is for Marco Rubio (and John Kasich, and Ben Carson – who already has) to drop out, clearing the path for Ted Cruz. My immediate reaction was “why should Rubio drop out? Why not Cruz? (full disclosure: I have contributed to Rubio and signed on with Utahns for Rubio.) The most recent RealClearPolitics polling average…

Romney’s two points

In his Hinckley Institute speech blasting Donald Trump. Mitt Romney laid out the blueprint for the anti-Trump effort from now on. I’m not talking about the tactical advice to primary voters going forward, though he was spot on about that. I’m not talking about the Mindanao Trench between Trump’s policy promises and his (or anybody’s) ability to deliver on them, tho there too he is exactly right. I’m not talking about Romney’s dissection of the Trumper’s moral and financial failures. As important as those are, they don’t seem to bite.…

Straws in the wind

John English has given us some numbers and analysis of the Super Tuesday primary elections. Using his numbers (and filling in a couple of blanks), I quickly did a little check on meets/fails to meet expectations, comparing polling predictions with the actual outcome. Overall, all the candidates garnered votes above the numbers shown in the polls. I assume that is because Don’t Know/Refused was not on the ballot, and because Ben Carson more or less disappeared. In general, then, each of the three leading candidates should have been expected to…

Repeal the 17th Amendment? Don’t bother!

Everyone knows what happened at Philadelphia in 1787, when the large States (Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania) faced off against the small States on how Congress should be structured. At what has come to be called the Constitutional Convention, the large States wanted representation to be based on population. Never, said Delaware and New Jersey, and the other small States. Each state should have an equal voice. The impasse threatened to de-rail the convention until Roger Sherman of Connecticut put forward the “Great Compromise.” Let’s have two houses, Sherman…

Republican leaders supporting Trump? Say it isn’t so!

It comes as no surprise that there are Donald Trump supporters in Utah, but up until today I have taken some pride in the fact that Utahns largely seem to have been able to resist the blandishments of this mountebank. In a Utah poll out yesterday, Trump runs behind Cruz, Rubio, and Don’t Know. But also out yesterday is the announcement of a Utah Trump organization featuring some important names from the Republican Party and business community. Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund leads off with the fatuous statement that Trump constitutes…

The Salt Lake Tribune is responsible for Donald Trump

A few years ago I cancelled my subscription to the Salt Lake Tribune. I did so after the editors made it clear to me that I was too stupid to understand them – perhaps too stupid to live. You see, the Tribune editors are paid-up members of the class bien-pensants, those enlightened souls who know – much better than we do – just what is good for us. You will have your own list, but here’s a quick start on mine, of the things I’m sick of having crammed down…

Let’s hear it for Terry Tempest Williams; or, Putting your money where your mouth is

My skepticism about Global Warming (or whatever it is this month) runs deeper than the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling. I am likewise skeptical of the capacity of “renewable” energy to make any serious contribution to the world’s energy requirements over the next, oh, say 100 years. Finally, I am a dedicated believer in the Invisible Hand and the need to remove the government’s regulatory cuffs from it. That said, one might expect me to decry the action of eco-activist Terry Tempest Williams and her husband for their purchase of leases…