Berry Craig: Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandisement, vulgarity on an epic scale. He is the Ugly American in excelsis
Steven Singer: Astonishing are the chauvinistic and possibly illegal actions of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel—and the fact that no major Democrat of note is calling him out for any of it.
Sam Husseini: The actual political correctness is how torture is used by war makers to get the tortured “evidence” they want to have a pretext for war and other hideous policies.
Lawrence Wittner: In the early twentieth century, roughly a century before Bernie Sanders’s long-shot run for the White House, another prominent democratic socialist, Eugene V. Debs, waged his own campaigns for the presidency.
Sarah Lazare: Clinton Lurches Right — From her call for a major air and ground war against ISIS to her attack on single-payer, observers note that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is rapidly shedding her “progressive” façade as she grows increasingly confident she has the Democratic nomination locked down
Michael Haas: Now, after the Paris massacre, Republican candidates are jumping on a bandwagon of opposition to receiving refugees from the Middle East.
Berry Craig: If reactionary Republicans and their Christian rightist followers were to visit just about any college campus in Kentucky, they’d get a pretty good idea that the future is not theirs, even in Bible Belt Kentucky.
Robert Reich: If you’re sufficiently outlandish, outrageous, and outspoken, a lot of your publicity will be free. Since he announced his candidacy last June, Trump hasn’t spent any money at all on television advertising.
Berry Craig: Love doesn’t pull punches. “Imagine Ben Carson, but as a woman living in Kentucky, with all the atrocious political positions and appeals to white racists.
Michael Hertz: It’s the stark contrast between Bernie Sanders, who “walks the walk” in everything that he does, even in his private life, and Hillary Clinton, who only “talks the talk,” much of borrowed from Bernie.
Larry Wines: The Post says the insiders, in desperation, have launched a “Draft Romney” movement. It’s in response to Jeb Bush’s inability to get traction, along with a feeling that it just isn’t Marco Rubio’s time.
Michael Sigman: At Tuesday’s Republican debate, Sen. Marco Rubio Esq.—practitioner of two of the world’s most-hated professions, law and politics (but his dad was a bartender!)—grabbed the gold medal for bogus populism (and crappy grammar) by proclaiming, “Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.”
Jeremy Kuzmarov: One hopes that Sanders, the political insurgent and conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, will challenge the 1% in foreign policy and prevailing paradigms more.