Feb 022016
 

Ted Cruz just won Iowa, and it was competitive, but hardly a photo finish. In fact, runner-up Donald Trump was much closer to Show horse Marco Rubio than he was Cruz.

Pay attention, dudes and dolls, because the next two weeks will be educational (and, if such is your wont, entertaining). Donald Trump’s candidacy has been, to now, a major success. However, there’s been very little about it that’s been traditional. Trump’s been untouchable, absorbing major body blows that would have taken other candidates down without so much as flinching.

But, when the first time for any official tally came, he didn’t come out on top. Trump has not yet genuinely played from behind. How will he respond?

I think we’re about to learn a bit more about what kind of leader Trump would be. Literally overnight, “more cowbell” suddenly seems a perilous plan. Moreover, damage control hasn’t been any sort of play for him yet. Even his most outrageous pronouncements have consistently settled into the narrative as only more evidence of his genius, so there’s been nothing to recover from.

Now there is a documented result. Trump didn’t win. Trump is first loser. He’s bleeding.

Will he dress the wound with peroxide or ditchwater?

 Posted by at 9:34 am
Jan 292016
 

It should be clear by now that no one is going to lay a glove on Donald Trump (in any sort of conventionally politically damaging way, anyway). All of his dirty laundry has hung in plain sight for decades. Anything his opponents might paint as a weakness (if he’s “scared” of Megyn Kelly, how will he stand up to Putin or the Iranian mullahs?) gets recast, and validated, as a shrewd and calculated move.

The only way to hurt Trump is something no one will do:

Stop talking about him.

Have a good weekend, dudes and dolls.

 Posted by at 6:32 pm
Jan 252016
 

Donald Trump is a boorish, vulgar, narcissistic self-parody, for whom simple civilized and polite discourse is an apparently impossible task. Oh, and you better get used to him, because he’s going to be the 45th President of the United States. The Republican establishment’s primary response to Trump’s candidacy has been to try to run out […]

 Posted by at 11:47 am
Jan 152016
 

I was fascinated by this recent story of a fellow who runs a Silicon Valley startup, yet doesn’t own or carry a smartphone (or, indeed, any mobile phone). Certainly, there are parts of the narrative that sound appealing. He speaks of thinking more clearly, and rediscovering peace. But–but!–he does confess that he makes occasional use […]

 Posted by at 12:09 pm
Jan 112016
 

Legendary musician and actor David Bowie has succumbed to cancer at 69. David Bowie did so much, so capably, in so many different styles, in his career that it’s pretty much impossible he didn’t appeal to you at some time or another. Furthermore, his influence was tremendous. I really loved what he did to shape […]

 Posted by at 7:52 am

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