Where We Are

The presidential campaign seems to be at a crossroad, and it is in New Hampshire. Will the status quo survive? That is the question. Will Jeb Bush beat expectations and revive? Will Hillary Clinton overcome? The establishment has served us all so poorly that I hope the answer to both questions is a resounding NO. But if not, this too shall pass and we will certainly survive.

Debate Rut

At least tonight’s Republican debate, airing just before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, could be pivotal, but these last few days, with two Democratic showdowns, are getting a bit tiresome even for the most addicted political junkies. Still, get out the popcorn, here’s your latest debate thread (on ABC 8pm ET).

Des Moines Register Questions Dem Results

Iowa’s biggest newspaper, despite endorsing Hillary Clinton, has a serious problem with how the state party went about declaring her the winner, and today called for an immediate audit of the vote totals that party officials refuse to release (suspicions are rising that Sanders might have actually won the most votes).

Des Moines Register headline: “Editorial: Something smells in the Democratic Party.”

And on it goes: “What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy. … Too many accounts have arisen of inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems. Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunities for error amid Monday night’s chaos.” Read More

This would seem to be something worth talking about at tonight’s Democratic debate.

Settling Down For A Long Haul

Things are getting a bit ugly between Bernie and Hillary. And we should not let that spill over here, endangering the civil discourse we have always prided ourselves on. I will be the first to admit letting my issues with Hillary spark the flame lately. I hereby vow to keep that in check, although I might fall off the wagon here and there. When you examine delegate allocation in the party voting going forward it is clear that this rivalry is going to last a few more months. So I am going to do my level best to keep our little corner of the Internets from turning into the ugly mess that we experienced in 2008.