The Republican presidential debates have become so heated and filled with insults, it almost seems we are watching a pro wrestling match. There is no civility, and I wonder whether the candidates are about to come to blows. But despite what appears to be total disagreement among them, there is one area where they all agree. They all promise that if elected they will "rebuild the military."
The only accurate prediction in this bizarre presidential election is that most predictions are wrong. So here's a popular one about which to be wary: If Trump is the nominee he won't get the support of key GOP leadership.
John-William Schiffbauer is what Republicans, at least on paper, say they want their party to look more like. He's 31-years-old (a coveted millennial), socially liberal, fiscally conservative and not totally white. "My grandmother was from Japan," he says. He's a New York City playwright who's into cool whiskey bars and heated policy debates. He sees himself as what the future of the Republican Party ought to be. "Did you read the GOP post-2012 autopsy report? The 'Growth and Opportunity Project,' as it was dubbed?" He asks.
A shabbily dressed man with three bulging garbage bags in his left hand and a crutch supporting his right side waits patiently as the line snakes around the parking lot. Behind him is a stooped older woman wearing an oversized hat to shield her from the sun as she pushes a beat up baby carriage containing her cargo.
The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the iPhone is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December.
This huge brouhaha between the FBI and Apple has escalated into a battle royale between the righteous and the wicked. And, as often happens, both sides are claiming to be on the side of the angels. With so many good guys in attendance, it's amazing that world-wide badness is still so pervasive. But you can't blame television for everything.
In 1992, Hillary Clinton was derided as an extreme feminazi vying for all the power the White House could offer her as First Lady. A reporter from Columbus, Ohio famously asked her, "You know, some people think of you as an inspiring female attorney mother, and other people think of you as the overbearing yuppie wife from hell. How would you describe yourself?"