A way too early look at the 2020 Democratic presidential landscape

In 2016, way too many people ran for the Republican presidential ticket. It allowed a lifelong Democrat who turned into a birther a handful of years ago to win the nomination. So, based on very little, here’s where I see the candidates for president in power rankings for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field. 1. KAMALA HARRIS – The junior senator from California is a star on the left. She’s pugnacious, which helps in picturing her debating Trump, and she checks all the identity politics boxes. She might be seen…

Polite Politics podcast Season 2, #2: Ranking the Presidents

The latest edition of the Polite Politics Podcast discusses how to rank presidents all time, where President Obama might fall in that ranking, and the factors that should be considered. Tyler also discusses: The Democratic party primary and debate VP Joe Biden looming over the race The uptick in Israel / Palestine violence His top 3/bottom 3 presidents Be sure to listen to the latest Polite Politics Podcast.

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 1)

David Miller will present his series of posts evaluating the candidates for president over the coming weeks and months (because there are a lot of them). This is the introduction to the series.  Eight years ago, with two crowded presidential primaries, I did a long series of posts evaluating each candidate for president. I evaluated every candidate I could find, not just those in the two major parties. It was an interesting exercise, although I opted not to do it again in 2012. I wasn’t planning to do it for 2016, either,…

The Mero Moment: Government Shutdowns – September 24, 2015

Just over 20 years ago, the Gingrich revolution swept through Congress. For the first time in 63 years, Republicans became the majority in the 1994 election. I was a younger man back then having already spent many years on the Hill. Within the first year of the new leadership I became a chief of staff. Hopes were high for my conservative colleagues. We began organizing congressmen into something called CAT, the “Conservative Action Team,” with the hope that a core of 50 members of the House of Representatives could ensure…

Religious positions fog politics for 2016 hopefuls

When the founding fathers began the construction of the United States they found religious freedom to be of such importance that they made it one of their first orders of business. Now, religious freedom has taken center stage in 2015 politics. While both sides have their standard platforms for how their respective parties will toe the line, Democrats and Republicans are digging in deep where the fog of this political war gets even murkier. In recent months Hillary Clinton stood up for women with a speech at the Sixth Annual Women…

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…

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics…and, Now Lawsuits

My initial reaction to a congressional lawsuit of the president was negative.  To me it was just so much nonsense. With Speaker John Boehner and his pied piper followers come a high level of suspicion about motive.  However, when I watched the President’s rude, childish, and disrespectful response I acquiesced to give the whole thing another look-see.  I don’t think my mind has changed, but something has been solidified.