Democratic candidates: ‘It’s Trump, stupid!’

James Carville, Bill Clinton’s political director, famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid,” in trying to bring laser focus to a winning message. As the Democrats ramp up for the next presidential election, to them, “It’s Trump, stupid!” The president is their one and only issue.

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Today’s politicians could learn a thing or two from St. Patrick

So, I’m sipping a Guinness and thinking about today’s politics and St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone knows that St. Patrick was the Irish saint who drove the snakes from Ireland. The problem is … none of that is true. It is purely fake news. He wasn’t Irish at all; he was Roman, Patricus. He was never officially canonized by Rome as a saint, although his local fans did elect him to sainthood by acclamation.

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Trump and the art of (political) war

OK, finally, we appear to have real evidence of White House collusion with Russia … and China. It’s hiding in plain sight, in the polls, in the State of the Union message, and in the United States Congress.

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Why not an ‘Organic’ Green New Deal?

The Green New Deal will fail. At the same time, Sen Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has advocated a vegan diet for Americans and, though widely lampooned, that represents a far more practical way to address the climate crisis.

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Who’s painting the country red? Must be Trump

President Trump thinks the Democrats are socialists, or worse, and suddenly it’s a huge irony that states that have gone Democratic are painted blue and those that have gone Republican are painted red. It should be the other way around.

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‘New socialism’ won’t move America forward

In his State of the Union message, President Trump felt compelled to assert that we are not — and never will be — a socialist country. Democrats in the room smirked. Many Democrats tout platforms of “social justice,” and some proudly proclaim themselves as socialists.

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Trump’s Russia collision … in Venezuela

Some say collusion. Some say collision. While Congress and the White House are playing tit-for-tat over border security and the wall, it’s possible that President Trump may have launched a strategy that will do infinitely more for America’s southern border security and drug interdiction than anything currently conceived of or discussed by Congress and the media.

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Building walls to keep out migraines

OK, I admit it. I like to discuss public issues and that seems to give people headaches. Lately I’ve been discussing walls. I like President Trump’s proposed southern border wall and that sends my friends in California digging through their ample supplies of ibuprofen.

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2019 will be a mess for America, thank God

As we stare into the coming abyss of 2019, we should try to be calm. A wildly fluctuating stock market, global trade wars, economic collapse, threats of nuclear war, brewing terrorism, continuing investigations of the Trump campaign, calls for impeachment, political stalemate between Republicans and Democrats, increased hostility and shrill accusations positioning candidates for the 2020 election, dysfunctional government, the loss of American prestige in the world, catastrophe everywhere.

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Sacre Bleu state — a warning to progressive politicians in California

The “yellow vest” riots in Paris should alarm Democrats, especially the new progressive governors in blue states like California. As with the president of France, today’s liberals believe they have a mandate to solve the problems of the world, only to learn that all politics are local. The electorate, while entertaining ideas at the extremes, always gravitates toward the center and its own vested interests.

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