Other Politics

There’s a disconnect between pundits and pollsters

There are times when pundits and pollsters just can’t get their acts together, times when the advice tendered by columnists and commentators seems to fly in the face of public opinion as reported by polling companies.

This is one of those times, both in Canada and the United States.

U.S. presidential cake is likely baked

This U.S. presidential election year was eminently winnable for the Republicans.

Indeed, if one follows the longer-than-six-decade pattern since the Eisenhower administration, with only one exception the Republican and Democratic parties have effectively alternated eight-year terms in power, making this the Republicans' turn.

The Trouble With Hillary: an old-style pol in a pantsuit

"Look, I know how hard this job can be. That's why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office" — Barack Obama endorsing Hillary Clinton

Even allowing for a soupçon of hyperbole, Obama is close to the mark. By conventional standards, Hillary is exceptionally well qualified to be president.

Are Trump and Clinton the best America can offer?

The United States national political conventions are early this year. The Republicans gather in Cleveland next week and the Democrats in Philadelphia a week later.

Out of these conventions will come the two candidates for the White House in November – one who repels most Americans (that would be Donald Trump, the Republican) and one whom most Americans do not trust (Hillary Clinton, the Democrat).

It’s an appalling choice.