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Donald Trump, Shifting Tone, Still Tone Deaf

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As Donald Trump expressed "regret" for saying "the wrong thing" sometimes in his campaign, I thought he was going to break into song:

"Regrets, I've had a few/ But then again, too few to mention...."

Yes, that line from Frank Sinatra's "My Way" (actually Paul Anka's rewrite of a French song) reflects the wealthy developer-turned-Republican ...Read more

John McLaughlin's Last 'Bye-Bye'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Back in the early 1990s, when our son was 4 years old and accustomed to seeing his dad on a certain Washington-based public television talk show, he'd annoy us by skipping through the house singing, "Bye-bye! Bye-bye...!"

John McLaughlin, creator-host of "The McLaughlin Group," was delighted to hear that news. "Watch out, Clarence," he said in ...Read more

A Memoir From Inside Donald Trump's Base

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When I caught up with J.D. Vance, he still sounded a bit bemused by the success of his colorfully titled book, "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis."

"I was just hoping to get some attention," he told me in a telephone chat as he prepared for a network TV appearance in Washington. "I wasn't expecting nearly this much ...Read more

Manners Still Matter, Mr. Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When you've dug yourself into a hole, as an old saying goes, stop digging. Most people are smart enough to follow that advice. They aren't Donald Trump.

In the two weeks after their parties' conventions, the Republican presidential nominee has been digging himself into a hole, falling badly behind his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in the ...Read more

Trump's Economic Reset Short-Changes His Base

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Is Donald Trump becoming what he, among many other conservatives, warns us against?

In his economic policy speech to the prestigious Detroit Economic Club on Monday the Republican presidential nominee sounded a lot like a tax-and-spend Democrat. Call him a "tax-and-deduct Republican."

Aides billed his speech as a blueprint for stimulating ...Read more

Would Donald Trump Go Quietly? That's Not His Style

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It is a sign of how poorly Donald J. Trump is doing in the polls that he already is working on his reasons to be a sore loser.

The system, he says, is "rigged" against him and his voters.

"I'm afraid the election's going to be rigged, I've got to be honest," he warned in a rally in Columbus, Ohio last Monday, a sentiment he echoed later that ...Read more

Donald Trump's Big Favor to Hillary Clinton

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It is not enough to succeed, Gore Vidal once said; others must fail. As presidential nominee Hillary Clinton enjoys a bump in her polls after the Democratic National Convention, she's getting a boost from her Republican opponent Donald Trump's epic fails.

First, there was his ugly and self-destructive denigration of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the ...Read more

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Speeches Point to an Ugly Campaign Season

From the Left / Clarence Page /

PHILADELPHIA -- New York's late Gov. Mario Cuomo used to say, "We campaign in poetry, we govern in prose." That line's been quoted quite a bit these days. We like to talk about things we miss -- and poetry in politics is one of them.

It comes to mind in assessing Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech Thursday night at the Democratic National ...Read more

My Old Dems Are Back, Feudin' and Fussin'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

After attending the unusually raucous and divided National Republican Convention in Cleveland, I expected a reasonably sedate coronation of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Maybe I should have known better.

But who would have expected a cascade of internal Democratic National Committee emails to be released...Read more

Donald Trump's Pivot to the Center -- of Darkness

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Where's the pivot?

That's what I was wondering throughout Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's lengthy and surprisingly humorless acceptance speech Thursday at the Grand Old Party's national convention in Cleveland.

Ever since Trump won enough delegates to clinch the nomination in May, I've been waiting to see if and when Trump would...Read more

Look! In the Blue Fog! It's ... the Donald!

From the Left / Clarence Page /

CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump made a grand entrance on the first night of the Republican National Convention back-lit in a thick blue fog. I expected to hear the theme song from his "The Celebrity Apprentice" program, "For the Love of Money" by the O'Jays. But, no.

Too bad. It would have been no less appropriate for The Donald than the thick blue ...Read more

Black Republican Tackles Police 'Trust Gap'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina was still learning the ways of Washington, he says, when he saw a police officer following his car near Capitol Hill.

"I took a left...," he recalled in a speech Wednesday on the Senate floor, "and as soon as I took a left, a police officer pulled in right behind me."

That was his first left turn. His second ...Read more

Will racial tensions tarnish Obama's legacy?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It's been a long time since we've seen Republican lawmakers as concerned about bad race relations as they have been in recent days, especially when they can blame the whole mess on the nation's first black president.

After all, "Blame Obama First" has been the unofficial motto of Capitol Hill Republicans since President Barack Obama's first ...Read more

If 'All Lives Matter,' Show That You Mean It

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I have never been entirely comfortable with the name that the Black Lives Matter movement chose for itself.

I get their point. The group's founders didn't mean to imply that other people's lives don't matter. Their hashtag #BlackLivesMatter aims to protest how black lives didn't seem to matter in a growing list of scandalous police killings.

...Read more

Clintons are Still Drama Junkies

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I like Bill and Hillary Clinton, but they don't make it easy.

For more than a quarter century I have watched them slip and out of scandals, most of which were either generated or exaggerated by their Republican rivals.

We've all learned to expect scandals by now. What irritates me is to see the Clintons slip and slide into a scandal that could...Read more

'Hamilton' is Better Than its Hype

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When singer/writer/rapper Lin-Manuel Miranda announced at a White House event five years ago that he was working on "a hip-hop album about somebody who I think embodies hip-hop -- Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton," everybody laughed.

They're not laughing anymore.

I was not laughing either, as I almost had to take out a second mortgage so ...Read more

Speak Truth to Black Power, Too

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Since I'm not a regular viewer of "Grey's Anatomy," I didn't know who the actor Jesse Williams was until his eloquent rants about the state of race in America popped up in viral internet videos.

Now he's hit the big time. He's been widely hailed and covered for his "courage" and "speaking truth to power" in an eloquent speech he delivered after...Read more

What Brexit Means to US? Another Trumpian Victory

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Many people see striking similarities between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Great Britain's vote to leave the European Union. One of those people is Donald Trump.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee just happened to arrive in Scotland to reopen a golf resort as the news of the "Brexit," or "British exit" vote, came in. ...Read more

Trump's Campaign? What Campaign?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Donald Trump's firing of his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, sounds like a big deal, until you realize how little of a Trump campaign there is to manage.

Late Monday, hours after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Trump let his campaign manager go, new campaign filings revealed that Trump ended May with less than $1.3 ...Read more

Double jeopardy? Gay Muslims in America

From the Left / Clarence Page /

One day in the late 1950s on a golf course with actor-comedian Jack Benny, song-and-dance man Sammy Davis Jr. was asked what was his handicap. "Talk about handicap," said Davis, according to various sources. "I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew."

Right. Beat that for a handicap.

Davis was an African-American convert to Judaism who lost an eye in an auto ...Read more

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