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.
Randy Shaw: The field of likely Democratic presidential nominees is very small, and so is the supply of potential running mates. Who might it be?
Brent Budowsky: Sanders is a leader; Trump is a showman, which is why Sanders’s crowds are larger than Trump’s, Sanders’s polls are stronger than Trump’s, and Sanders will leave large footprints while Trump will leave a legacy as politically profound as “The Apprentice.”
Alvaro Huerta: By viciously attacking Latino immigrants, Trump makes it crystal clear to one of the nation’s fastest growing demographic and key voting groups that they are not wanted in the GOP.