Political dynasties: destiny fulfilled or disaster in waiting?

Without her surname, there’s no way Caroline Mulroney would be considered a serious Ontario PC leadership candidate at this point in her career

Political dynasties: destiny fulfilled or disaster in waiting?Political dynasties make me uneasy. Oh, I know reasonable arguments can be made for them. And I’m not saying this unease would determine my vote. Still, the reservation lingers. The subject came to mind when Caroline Mulroney announced her candidacy for leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. A political neophyte who’s never held elected office,…

Clintons will likely remain above the law

Obama may issue a broad pardon to the Clintons and all their associates in return for shutting down the Clinton Foundation

Clintons will likely remain above the lawThe issue of whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information during her tenure as Secretary of State was a recurring theme in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Her defenders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, contended that no harm to the U.S. had resulted from her actions and that the FBI had exonerated Clinton when FBI Director…

Clinton loss a vote against women? Hogwash

Donald Trump didn't beat Hillary Clinton because he's a man – he won because Clinton is at least as flawed as he is

Clinton loss a vote against women? HogwashWouldn't it be convenient if there were a simple reason why Donald Trump won? Some feminists think they have it: misogyny. Linda Stasi in the New York Daily News writes: “I firmly believe that this was never a contest of right versus left. It was always a contest of male versus female. This was not…

New president must try to bridge the divide

It’s going to be a long, difficult four years in office for President Clinton or President Trump. For Americans, it will feel even longer

New president must try to bridge the divideToday, people are lining up to cast their ballots for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. For many Americans (and non-Americans), there will be a great sense of relief to know that the election is finally over, and some hope that things return to normal. I wouldn’t count on the latter. The aftermath of Clinton-Trump…

Trump’s mistakes were more costly than Clinton’s

While many Americans certainly dislike Hillary Clinton, they ended up disliking Donald Trump more

Trump’s mistakes were more costly than Clinton’sOne day to go. What did Trump and Clinton do right, what did they do wrong? Donald Trump will lose when the final ballot is counted, but he has changed politics. Everyone – me included – said he couldn’t win the GOP nomination, and he did. Everyone said a racist, sexist dirty old man couldn’t…

The working class shift to GOP is tangible

The nerds versus the deplorables may be the next political realignment

The working class shift to GOP is tangibleDuring the 2016 United States presidential election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton famously described the supporters of the Republican candidate Donald Trump as “deplorables,” a group she dismissed as uneducated, misogynistic and racist. While her comments were roundly condemned, there was one essential truth in her statement; Trump is garnering particularly strong support from less-educated, white…

Theatre of the absurd, presidential style

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton star in a comic tragedy that takes the American public on a surreal roller-coaster ride

Theatre of the absurd, presidential styleDoes Donald Trump really want to be president of the United States? American presidential elections have always had a certain element of absurd theatre. Two-plus years of gruelling campaigning finishes with a final sprint to the November general election. The backdrop is intense media scrutiny with an insatiable 24/7 news cycle seizing on any foible, slip-up or miscue. Then…

Two Canucks working their tails off for Hillary

Having worked on one or two campaigns over the years, what I do know is this: the Hillary Clinton campaign is a winning one

Two Canucks working their tails off for HillaryWant to know what it's like deep inside the Hillary Clinton campaign? This is what it's like. The Democratic candidate's campaign is headquartered on two entire floors in a sprawling Art Deco thing at One Pierrepont Street here in Brooklyn. On one side, there's a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline and, down below, the…

The shadow of an angry, hulking, stalking man

Donald Trump is going to lose the presidential election, but his malignant spirit will continue to hang over America, Canada's greatest ally

The shadow of an angry, hulking, stalking manHillary Clinton needed to look and sound presidential. She did that. She needed to avoid getting baited by Donald Trump. She did that. She needed to respond forcefully to the two things that she knows are seen in the polling research – that more than a few Americans believe she participated in an effort to discredit or shame…

Clinton symbolizes the rise of matriarchy

Donald Trump seems incapable of seeing that the times have changed

Clinton symbolizes the rise of matriarchySteller sea lions are the largest of all sea lions, and they have an appetite to match. Close to Skelhp where I live, there is a Steller rookery, a haul-out on the McRae Islets where the local population of more than 100 pinnipeds lounges and collectively demonstrate various types of dominance behaviour according to their…