I’m about to tell you a disturbing story which helps explain why Hillary Clinton could end up as the 2016 Democratic Party nominee over Bernie Sanders.
Mudslinging works. That’s because some mud usually sticks, no matter how filthy or detestable it is. We all say we hate “going negative.” Then, we eat it up. No one gets out of a spirited political race with a bleached white suit.
From Nixon to LBJ, from to Daley to JFK, from Bush swiftboating Kerry to Bush bullying McCain in South Carolina — history has taught us one simple and indisputable fact. Election victories often come down to doing whatever it takes to win.
Twisting what’s become a current popular political slogan — do “Black Oscars Matter?”
I believe the answer is — yes. The Academy Awards are widely perceived as one of society’s most important cultural benchmarks of racial equality, particularly on Black and White issues. Along with its consortium in politics and sports — including who occupies the Oval Office and Black starting quarterbacks in the National Football League (undeniably two major arenas where Blacks have broken down old barriers) — those we chose to recognize as icons in the entertainment industry may indicate some lingering collective biases.
Controversy erupted again last week when this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced. For the second consecutive year, no Blacks were nominated in any of the so-called major categories. Some Black activists and advocacy groups expressed outrage at what was perceived as not merely an oversight but an affront. A few celebrities even pledged to boycott the Oscars. Instead of discussing the most deserving nominees and celebrating artistic achievement in cinema, the movie industry’s alleged racial inequities have now taken center stage and captured much of the media’s attention. Clearly, this is not what Hollywood had in mind for the entertainment industry’s premier showcase event.
Do the protesters have a point? I believe the answer is — a little bit yes, but mostly no.
A puzzling void has emerged within the 2016 presidential race which is this: I can’t find a single voter who enthusiastically supports Hillary Clinton.
Oh, I’m sure they’re out there — in the millions. According to recent polls, she’s still the most popular candidate in terms of overall national support. The trouble is, I can’t identify a single soul by name who openly supports her. It’s sort of like trying to find someone who will admit they watch a bad television show. Call it a political closet case.
The questions are — could it simply be me? Or, could it be something else? Might Hillary Clinton have an enormous problem on her hands as the primary season gets underway?
Never in a million years did I think I’d type the following words: There’s a chance Donald Trump might become the next President of the United States.
As horrifying as that prospect still is to a majority of Americans, Trump now has a clear path to victory in the Republican primaries this spring, at the national convention held during the summer, and in the general election coming up next fall. Yes, it could happen.
Yesterday, I spent much of my day with the “Bernie Sanders for President” campaign here in Nevada. ]
My home state will hold its caucus on February 20th. That means “what happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas,” at least when it comes to having an impact on the party primaries and who ultimately gets nominated by both the Democrats and Republicans. As the first state in the West to hold a caucus, we really will have a voice here in Nevada about choosing the next president.
For those expecting a gushing article in support of Sen. Sanders, sorry — you won’t read that here. Instead, I’ll attempt to write about the sitting Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate as impartially as I can. Full Disclosure: I favor most of Sen. Sanders’ policies. I will almost certainly support him in the state caucus. Nonetheless, I’d like to give an unfiltered perspective of what attending a Bernie Sanders’ campaign rally is like.