The Party Is Over

The Party Is Over, How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted by Mike Lofgren published in 2012. An excellent book with suggestions about how to fix our broken politics.

“Distraction, mystification, fear-mongering, and the stoking of hatred are the tools that keep the American people in an apathetic and childish state. Creative and constructive work is always harder than demagoguery or fear-mongering; we have had too little of the former and too much of the latter during recent decades.”

“Likeable enough”

During a debate in 2008, Barack Obama said that Hillary Clinton was “likeable enough.” And that will be the deciding factor in the debate tonight and in this election. The more likeable candidate for US President ALWAYS wins. The GOP have labored for 24 years to portray Hillary as less likeable. And yet they have nominated Donald Trump as their candidate. It is hard to imagine anyone less likeable than Donald Trump.

Just imagine

California recently passed a law in which all candidates for an elective office compete in one primary. The top two finishers then compete in a run-off election in November. Just imagine a single national primary for the office of US President, say in July. Then the top two finishers meet in the November election after a relatively short campaign. If that were in effect now, this election might be between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?