John Peeler: Perhaps the most striking finding is that Hillary got 58 percent of those identifying themselves as Democrats, while Bernie was supported by 71 percent of those declaring themselves Independents (27 percent of the sample). Sanders Takes Michigan
John Peeler: The campaign became a competition for who could be most anti-establishment, most angry, most intransigent. And Trump has won this competition by saying out loud what Republican leaders for fifty years have said only in code. Trump and KKK
John Peeler: The paradox is that a huge chunk of Hillary’s delegate count will come from states that she won’t carry in November.
John Peeler: She will not be able to mobilize the enthusiasm of those who are supporting Sanders, hough most of them would surely vote for her against any conceivable Republican nominee, including Trump.
John Peeler: While we in the United States are obsessing about our interminable, increasingly weird presidential campaign, a crisis unfolds in Europe that could have far more impact on the kind of world we will inhabit in coming decades. European Union Falling Apart
John Peeler: There is some irony that the independent would be someone who was both Republican and Democrat in his past political life, while Trump only recently declared himself a Republican, and Sanders never was a Democrat. Sanders Bloomberg Trump
John Peeler: My head finally and grudgingly admitted that my heart really wanted Hillary to be the first woman president. Following on the first African American president, you have to admit that it would be sweet.
John Peeler: While the Republicans’ hot gases under pressure are producing an ever-stronger right-wing essence, the Democrats are busy slicing and dicing diverse electoral delectables, hoping to combine them into a savory, long-lasting stew that will feed them for years to come.
John Peeler: The Wall Street and Main Street elite of the Republican Party, having nurtured this white working class base since Reagan, are suddenly discovering that it has escaped their control.
John Peeler: How is it that the perpetrators in San Bernardino are terrorists, while the homegrown perpetrators are just wackos?
John Peeler: The Islamic State and other radical Islamists don’t do terror because they are essentially evil terrorists, they do it because it’s about the only effective way they have to attack the West.
John Peeler: Will (and the conservative majority who decided Citizens United) are utterly insensitive to the impact of extreme inequality on democracy.
John Peeler: While the administration continues to pursue closure on a case-by-case basis, I think it is time to consider again the option of just returning the entire base to Cuba.