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What if…governing required smarts, education, and experience?

Soon Donald Frump will be President. Soon the Republican Party will control the House, the Senate, and the Presidency. Cue the exultation and the schadenfreude. Soon the Republican juggernaut will roll, crushing all in its path, remaking the nation to a new vision. Wealthy businessmen, empowered as Cabinet Secretaries, will…

She did pretty good—for having to fight both KGB and FBI

Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 Presidential election.  That’s a fact. Why she lost is not a matter of fact but of interpretation. Maybe she screwed up.  It’s comforting to attribute all life outcomes to individual choice and effort. She should have made more appearances in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania. Shoulda, woulda,…

What Hillary Won

This weekend, in an understandable bit of schadenfreude, a front page article in the  Wall Street Journal noted, “Republican America is now so vast that a traveler could drive 3,600 miles across the continent, from Key West, Fla., to the Canadian border crossing at Porthill, Idaho, without ever leaving a state…