Donald Trump – a golden calf with a golden hairdo: America’s longing for a leader

Understanding the Donald Trump phenomenon is really not that difficult. The simple reason is simply – the American people are starving for a leader, they are desperate to be led, they yearn to have someone fight for them and long to have a leader stand up and show them the way to better days. This isn’t new. You can go all the way back to the Biblical Children of Israel. The Children of Israel thought they had lost their leader when Moses went up to the mountain. Before long the…

Close-Minded Christians Protest Bernie Sanders… Oh Wait…

Jesse Singal makes a simple but worthwhile point at NYMag: Liberty University Students Survived the Unsafe Space Created by Bernie Sanders and His Pro-Choice Views (somehow). The backstory is simple: Bernie Sanders came to speak at notoriously conservative Liberty University and, although he faced tough questions from a generally hostile crowd, no one protested to deny him the opportunity to speak and no one interrupted his speech. Contrast that as Singal does, with basically any liberal-dominated college you can think of: For example, Emily Yoffe, who has written about the…

Biden Time

If you look up the word controversy in the dictionary you will probably find a picture of at least one of the Clintons. After two terms in Washington Bill Clinton failed to escape to a life of solitude free from troubling headlines and reporters digging for a scoop. Such a chase for headlines is not entirely due to lingering intrigue regarding the former two-term president, but rather because of the controversies plaguing his wife and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. With such a long line of controversial issues attached…

Utahns Dislike Trump, Would Still Elect Him Over Clinton

A recently released Utah Voter Poll showed that Utahns have a low opinion of Donald Trump, but they’d still vote for him 54-46 over Hillary Clinton. Trump has a net favorability rating of -51, but Clinton’s own net rating (-41) is also low and shows that most voters would rather vote for someone they don’t like from their own party than someone from the other party. Respondents identified as 55% Republican, 30% Democrat, and 15% as Independent or Other. For Utah’s senators, Mike Lee had a +3 rating (49-46) and…

Rick Perry: The tortoise and Donald Trump’s hair

Following the first primary debate Rick Perry has yet to signify any substantial bump in the polls. Though he has continued to press forward on the campaign trail his funding has significantly dried up. Staying afloat required relying on the aid of Super PACs to rescue the struggling campaign. To make matters worse, Perry has resorted to the aid of a largely volunteer staff to get out his message. Some argue that the financial difficulty Perry is experiencing is the handwriting on the wall that he will likely be the first…

The Hub Sheet – Aug 1, 2015: Whiskey Pete

Join the Utah Politico Hub Smart Questions Club: Donald Trump and the first GOP debate and Bernie Sanders and income inequality. About that online mob justice… Related. Study: Men who harass women online are literallylosers. Governor Herbert’s statement and livestream announcement on chairing the National Governors Association. Becker picked up coveted Whiskey Pete endorsement. Why you should never split the check at lunch. Attorney General Sean Reyes on the Planned Parenthood videos. Reich: Happy birthday Medicare, and stop blaming it for budget problems. The recordings we sent to aliens in 1977 are now…

The Smart Questions Club: Bernie Sanders and Inequality in America.

The question, from Bernie Sanders: “Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages,…”    

Sorry, Bernie fans, but he’s your Ron Paul

Nothing seems to be getting progressives fired up like the prospect of Bernie Sanders making a run for the presidency. Hillary’s limousine neo-liberalism is something they’d have to hold their nose to support and nobody has been stepping up to the plate to try taking a stab at the presidency. Then along comes a true blue socialist speaking their populist language. Free college! Fight income inequality! Save the middle class! It’s all good read meat from a guy who walks the talk and isn’t afraid to call out the shortcomings…

Grading Presidential Candidate Logos

The world of presidential candidate logos has shifted since 2004. Barack Obama changed everything with his remarkable O logo and that is now the benchmark that everything else is judged against. With that in mind, I thought I’d take a look at all the logos for announced presidential candidates this year and give them a letter grade, from A to F. A Hillary’s logo has had all kinds of press already, but suffice it to say I like it. It’s the most iconic of any of the logos, and in that…