Bernie Sanders and the Grassfire that Wouldn’t Spark

There is no denying that Bernie Sanders’ platform is radical. His ideas are radical, the speed of change he seeks is radical, and the way he’s willing to achieve change is radical. Voters should pay attention. Continue reading

Looking for Hope in the Age of Trump

It has come to this: supposedly serious people have tried to find solace in the naked absurdity of what Mr. Trump is saying, reasoning that at the very least he couldn’t possibly sincerely mean it. Thus, in a contest for the most powerful office in the world, the thought that what the winner might do is a total mystery has become the optimistic telling. Continue reading

Despite Solid Reviews, Democratic Debate Exposes Weak Points

With 15.3 million viewers, Tuesday’s CNN/Facebook Democratic debate had the highest rating of any Democratic primary debate in US history. That means that about one in twenty Americans watched the five candidates vie for the opportunity to lead the party’s … Continue reading

Making Sense of Bernie and Trump, and their Poll Numbers

Bernie Sanders is a serious man with serious ideas; Donald Trump is not. Yet the two men are shaking up the early Presidential race with surprisingly strong poll numbers. What gives? A tale of media bias, true believers, and inscrutable hair. Continue reading