Michael T. Hertz: The monied oligarchy does whatever it can to create circuses, dole out portions of bread, and leave most of society hanging in limbo while those with money tend to their yachts, play golf, and control everything they can.
Joe Mathews: The Central Coast is growing heart-healthy fruits and vegetables. And having candidates and voters drinking lots of California wine is probably the only way today’s crazy American politics could begin to make sense.
Peter Dreier: Reporters and editors are stuck in the herd psychology of covering Trump like he’s a serious candidate, when what he really is—a celebrity candidate, the way that Kim Kardashian is a celebrity on TV. She has no talent and nothing to say, but she’s famous for being famous.
Berry Craig: Come on, Kentucky Democratic Party. Cut poor Matt Bevin some slack with your online petition against cockfighting and the GOP gubernatorial hopeful.
Brent Budowsky: For more evidence that American politics is engaged in the summer of Sanders and not the summer of Trump, witness the fun and fascinating events that unfolded on Wednesday.
Lawrence Rosenthal: His speech has brought an element of the coarse, the bellicose, the unprincipled, which is a qualitative leap beyond the feisty maleducated discourse we have become familiar with among Tea Party candidates.
David Love: Although Biden would address issues of racial justice with sensitivity and authority, and arguably has earned his black card, this does not mean he must not be held to account for past actions and own up to them.
Gary Corseri: Global Climate Change? Not a peep! As the US suffered through the hottest July in the record books, drought leaves actor-maniacs like Tom Selleck siphoning water from fire hydrants so he can keep his lawns shiny green… not a peep from our would-be Commanders-in-Chief, nor the media panel there to, er, “grill” them!
Lisa García Bedolla: Despite an African American and two Latinos on the stage, Thursday’s debate contained no substantive acknowledgment of or appeal to a broader audience. These candidates are still catering to their white base, holding strong to the Southern strategy.
Ted Vaill: “I am very smart. I graduated first in my class at Wharton, the top school in the country.”
Peter Dreier: The most significant revelation from the debate is that all of them—including the so-called “moderate” candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Chris Christie)—are right-wingers. On a scale of 1 to 10—with 10 being the most reactionary—every candidate rated an 8 or above.
Brent Budowsky: If Trump tied the GOP in knots by prolonging the Republican nominating process, and prolonged the process of Republicans attacking Republicans, that would be a huge benefit for Hillary Clinton. Check that box.
Mario Solis-Marich: What I learned is that many people, organizations, and institutions base their political strategy on the fact that Latinos vote in numbers far below our potential.