Could Donald Trump Still Win?

We’re less than two weeks away and the polls would suggest that Joe Biden’s on his way to finishing above 300 in the Electoral College. Could Donald Trump still pull this off? Does he have a chance? Could some of the state polls be as off as they were in 2016? Or as accurate as they were in 2012? Approval rating average of the president 11 days before his possible re-election v. how much of the popular vote they got (per 538) 45 Donald Trump – 42.5% 44 Barack Obama…

We’re Overdue for More Constitutional Amendments

As America gets further and further divided, it seems like we’re overdue for some Constitutional amendments to at least try to fix some of what’s broken about Washington. The Supreme Court Amendment XXVIII – 1. The Supreme Court shall be comprised of nine jurists, each appointed by the President of the United States, appointed to one eighteen-year term, with the advice and consent from Congress. 2. This will take effect on the first January after mid-terms upon passing of this Amendment. 3. Of the current jurists, the appointee who has…

Why I Support the NBA

I’ve been a Jazz fan since I moved to Utah in 1989. Been there for Stockton-to-Malone, the NBA Finals, the 2003 season when everyone predicted it would be the worst team in the NBA and they went 42-40 behind Andrei Kirilenko and a ragtag bunch of misfits, through Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer, through the Coach Ty Corbin years, the Stayward campaign, the rocket-launch rise of Donovan Mitchell, and everything in between. I’ve written on sports sites about them, appeared on TV and radio to talk about them, do my…

Mary Trump’s ‘Too Much And Never Enough’ – Book Review

The full title of Mary Trump’s book is Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man. Truth is stranger than fiction, and here, the truth is no matter how many shows I’ve seen about dysfunctional, obscenely wealthy families, none of them quite line up with the cruelty and corruption of the Trump family. It makes the Roys from HBO’s Succession look like the Waltons. The granddaughter of Fred Trump and niece of Donald Trump writes a family history, one to help readers understand a…

The Case for Believing National Polls

I’ve noticed whenever I post or tweet about polls on the 2020 presidential election, someone will chime in with something “The polls were wrong in 2016!” They actually weren’t. The national polls were correct. It was some of the state polls that threw everybody off. In RealClearPolitics’ final average, they had Clinton at 46.8% and Trump at 43.6%, a difference of 3.2% with polls that averaged a margin of error of +/- 2.8%. This also meant that 9.6% of the electorate was voting third-party or hadn’t decided in the few…

Bostock and short summers

I’m sure all of us have had the experience of revisiting a place we knew well in our youth and being surprised at how small it seemed.  Or perhaps we’ve experienced the phenomenon of time seemingly flying by as we age — those endless summers of our childhood seem more like long weekends of yesteryear. Of course, it’s not place and time that have changed, it’s our perspective that has shifted.  A childhood summer that comprised a large fraction of our entire existence to that point seemed endless; as the…

Finding Our Rhythm Again After COVID-19

Over the years, I have learned something about performing music: Most of the time no one can really tell if you play a few wrong notes, but they’ll immediately pick up on a break or a pause, no matter how slight. The predictable patterns of sound and space that form the rhythm of a song are taken for granted until taken away.  And, once removed, their absence is profoundly disorienting — both to the player and her audience. Like a melody, the daily details of our lives float along over…

Death of the Democratic Party

“However [Political Parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, unprincipled and ambitious men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people” – George Washington, 1796. If the Coronavirus crisis has revealed anything, it has revealed that certain Parties and players will drop any pretense of constitutional allegiance when the opportunity arises.  Both Parties have elected people in positions of power locally and nationally that have essentially thrown the Constitution to…

A wartime governor?

“Some people might not have realized that World War III has already begun” – Tweet by Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador, March 22, 2020 One of my favorite moments in an epic movie, “The Godfather”, is when Al Pacino’s character Michael Corleone, turns to Robert Duvall’s character Tom Hagen and says “You’re out Tom. You are not a wartime consigliere”. Duvall’s character had been a long standing attorney representing the family’s (legal and illegal) interests with a stellar track record. Yet he was removed in a period where a…

A Plea to Congressman Curtis

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom” – Benjamin Franklin Dear Sir, I write as a concerned constituent and believe I speak for many Utahans when I sincerely inquire after the state of our current representative governance. The Coronavirus phenomenon has clearly become a politicized boondoggle and I perceive flawed analysis of the problem and little critical inquiry into the proposed solutions. I must ask: where is our principled leadership? In your town halls, in our governor’s responses and elsewhere I hear the concern for our citizenry’s well-being and…