In less than two months, the US will conduct a very important election, and here in Utah you would not know that an election is near. That is because the election in November is largely a formality. There are few yard signs visible and no television ads. Our elections were decided in the Republican caucuses. Most GOP candidates are older white men. The only election not yet decided is Mia Love’s second attempt to be elected to Congress and she is none of the above, being young, black and female. She does have the advantages of the GOP nomination and belonging to the Mormon church. That may be enough.
It was not enough two years ago when she lost narrowly to a popular incumbent who has now retired. This time she is running for an open seat and I believe that she will win. However, I do not live in that district and my information is limited. Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Senator Mike Lee asking for a donation to Mia Love’s campaign. Either he was using scare tactics to raise money or the Love campaign is actually running scared. We will see on election day which is the case.
Whipping a dead horse is not productive of results. Here in Utah, however, whipping the dead horse of repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is still a popular sport, probably because those doing the whipping believe that it will produce votes.
Over the years, John McCain has advocated bombing countries in Asia representing about half the total land mass of the entire continent. Given his way, Asia would be a much smaller continent, at least in area fit for human habitation. John McCain was half right, the half of the continent that he did not want to bomb, at least so far.
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Crisis and Command, The History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush by John Yoo. Yes, that John Yoo who authored a legal brief supporting the use of enhanced interrogation during the Bush administration’s war on terror. The purpose of this book is to analyze the use of presidential power during the administrations of important presidents in our history. Yoo also makes the case that G. W. Bush was a better president than his critics admit, and Yoo also defends the use of enhanced interrogation (torture) techniques. Yoo is now a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley. The book is worth reading even if you disagree with Yoo.