Donald Trump vs the Squad

Donald Trump saw “The Squad” getting all of the attention and wanted to involve himself somehow. Or maybe he saw too much attention being paid to his former friend Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex abuse case, or to the deplorable conditions in detention centers by the border, and he wanted a distraction. Whatever the motivation, it was a good political strategy to enter the fray with the “Dems in Disarray.” Unfortunately, he did it in a racist way. The Squad are to Nancy Pelosi what the Tea Party was to John…

Parting Words: Governor Herbert Pens Farewell Note to Former Democratic Party ED Matt Lyon

Democratic representation in the Utah Legislature is at an all time low after the 2014 mid-term elections. Clearly, it’s time for a change. Queue the “retirement” of Matt Lyon, Executive Director of the Utah Democratic Party. Utah Governor Gary Herbert had sent a letter to congratulate Lyon, wishing him, among other things, all the best in his future endeavors. “Dear Mr. Lyon,” the letter starts. “Congratulations on your retirement.” I am pleased to take a moment to recognize your accomplishments as the Executive Director of the Utah Democratic Party during…

Is No Democrat Going to Challenge Harry Reid?

All indications thus far are that the Democratic party is going to keep Harry Reid as the Senate leader and Nancy Pelosi as the House leader. This is a terrific strategy if the Democrats want to stay in the minority. One of the lessons from the midterms, and there were many, is that Democratic voters didn’t have a reason to be enthused. Their turnout was low. Republicans meanwhile were greatly enthused by the prospect of keeping the House, taking the Senate, and finally forcing some bills to make it to…

Why this Democrat wants the GOP to win in November.

People frequently ask me why I affiliated on my voter registration with the Utah Democratic party. They seem blown away when I explain Utah’s convention/caucus system and that the only way to fully participate in Utah politics is to affiliate officially with a party. And, frankly, the Utah Republicans wouldn’t have me, so it was easier to align with the Democratic party where I am a delegate and a member of several different groups within the party. As many people know, I am also an intern (through the Hinckley Institute of…

Democrats Really Want More Obama Impeachment Talks

The national Democrats want impeachment talks. They really want it. This is not because they’ve lost faith in Barack Obama and figure President Joe Biden would be better. They saw how impeachment increased Bill Clinton’s popularity and brought them gains in the 1998 midterm elections. Nate Silver recently examined this trend and found that MSNBC and the Democrats talk about impeachment much more than Fox News and the Republicans.  Who’s the most prominent Republican talking impeachment? Sarah Palin? Maybe that’ll help get more subscribers to her new channel, but if…