An open convention?

In 1968, Hubert Horatio Humphrey was chosen by delegates to the Democratic Convention in Chicago on the first ballot. He did so without contesting a single primary election in any state. The diminishing number of people as old as I remember that convention, which was marked by riots and clashes between Mayor Richard Daley’s police and the Chicago Seven (or Eight) and their epigone. A fond memory of the convention was Dan Rather (I think) “reporting from the floor of the convention,” meaning literally on the floor, where he had…

Five Reasons Why Hillary Clinton will run in 2020

“I believe he knows he’s an illegitimate president. He knows. He knows that there were a bunch of different reasons why the election turned out the way it did… But hey, it was like applying for a job and getting 66 million letters of recommendation, and losing to a corrupt human tornado.” – Hillary Clinton on CBS Sunday Morning Insiders who have known Clinton since the Arkansas days and have gone on record discussing the true nature of the person can all agree on one thing: the woman lives for…

Who won the #DemDebate?

I watched most of the #DemDebate on Tuesday, and this is how I would rate how they did. 12. BETO O’ROURKE – The guy is just not ready. He couldn’t recover from the dressing-down Pete Buttigieg gave him, and his answers were hollow. And his plans (“Tax mosques!”) are just getting more desperate. 11. TOM STEYER – His strategy was to look directly into the camera for all of his answers, but he looked stiff when doing so. It reminded me of the charisma-free businessman Steve Forbes (okay, not quite…

Trump Asks China to Interfere in 2020 Election

Donald Trump stood in front of press cameras on the White House lawn and asked Ukraine and China to investigate the Bidens. He claimed he’s doing it as his duty to look into foreign corruption, but he’s only curious about digging up dirt on his political rival and his family. When asked about any other examples of examining corruption that involved US citizens, Trump could not provide any. Since White House press briefings have been permanently canceled, there’s no way for White House reporters to get more details. On the…

Trudeau’s Apologized. Move On.

Another election cycle, another blackface scandal. This time, it’s the erstwhile liberal darling, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Caught in between competing political parties — liberals rushing to condemn, and conservatives rushing to gloat — these are rough times for the former good guy, now turned racist villain.  Depending on your political point of view, Trudeau’s a racist, a hypocrite, and/or a deserving victim of his own out-of-control politically correct revolution . . . regardless, his political career and past life are reduced down to little more than a twenty-year-old…

And then there were 10: recapping the September Democratic Debate

Last night we saw the third Democratic presidential debate and, as the field narrows, it is time to take a look at how the ten candidates faired. Let’s break it down in reverse order of popularity (just to be different) according to the opinion of one not-so-humble Democrat. Former Housing Secretary Julian Casto Castro probably raised the most eyebrows when he openly attacked the current front runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, asking if he had “forgotten what [he] said two minutes ago” in relation to Biden’s health care plan…

Curtis Haring: A few thoughts on Jim Dabakis and the SLC Mayor’s race

I am disappointed to hear Jim Dabakis call the polls garbage and blaming outside money for his loss after conceding the race for Salt Lake City Mayor. His press conference after the concession can be found here. First, let’s talk about those polls. The most recent Tribune poll (despite its many faults) had Dabakis at 21% – It appears he will be at 20.3%. The same polls also showed that both Luz Escamilla and Erin Mendenhall were surging in the final weeks. The big difference between Election Day and a…

Not Biden his time

“I hope it’s Biden. When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it’s on purpose. It’s not a gaffe. When Biden says something dumb, it’s because he’s dumb.” – President Donald Trump “Look at what’s happened with Putin. While he — while Putin is trying to undo our elections, he is undoing elections in Europe…You think that would have happened on my watch or Barack’s watch? You can’t answer that, but I promise you it wouldn’t have, and it didn’t.” – Joe Biden There are over twenty…

Tough times for Democrats

“So this event (the Democratic debates) was as serious as a funeral, maybe because it was. At least the moderates in that Party, for now, are dead.” – Greg Gutfeld, the Five, Fox News. This is not a statement I would normally make, but I feel bad for Nancy Pelosi. The leader of the House and third in line for the presidency must be losing her mind at a dizzying pace. And the source of her uncomfortable ruminations has nothing to do with Republicans or Donald Trump. Her palpitations are…

Evaluating city council candidates

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” — John Quincy Adams In Highland, there are three open city council seats this year. The nine candidates that are vying for your vote are asking for the privilege to spend ten or more hours a week for four years making decisions that affect us now and years into the future. The issues they deal with will range from approving changes in user fees for parks to budgetary expenses totaling…