With so many campaign reporters in the tank with her, eager for a little warm and cuddly, Hillary Clinton’s fear of talking to them is a puzzle. She can be sure of not getting very many tough questions, and her answers will be carefully presented to an unsuspecting reader/viewership. They all share the same assignment, to destroy the Donald.
Donald Trump and his regiments marched out of Las Vegas Thursday morning in high spirits. Maybe they were just whistling past that famous graveyard where hopes go to die. Or maybe not. Some post-debate polls show the race still tied, and if that’s true the debate changed very little. There’s still the election, to settle the dispute once and for all, or at least until 2020. (That campaign begins Nov. 9.)
The enduring American political parties have always been coalitions. The country is too big and populous, with too many strong regional and other economic demands to meet the models of European-style ideological political configurations.
When the topic is illicit drugs, a two-way conversation can generate three opinions (or more). A disjointed nationwide discussion is underway over the benefits and dangers of marijuana that will rattle at the ballot box on Nov. 8. Whether they vote to join the current crop of tokers or to stand firm for smoke-free sobriety, Americans in several states can’t claim to be clueless about the consequences of the high life. It’s already here.
Nobody’s any longer paying serious attention to “the issues,” unless the Donald’s sex tape and Hillary’s felonies and misdemeanors qualify as issues. Hillary naturally gets a pass, either because the media has decided that her crimes are old news or, more likely, trashy behavior is what everyone now expects from the Clintons. Besides, what’s wrong with trashy behavior?