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Dick PolmanDick PolmanFebruary 3, 20175min340

When Senate Republicans decided last year to ditch their constitutional duty - by stiffing President Obama's eminently qualified Supreme Court nominee, denying him even the courtesy of a hearing - they took a big political risk. They gambled that the voters wouldn't punish them on election day. Turns out, they were right. Their unprecedented power play paid off. And that's why the minority Democrats are currently up the creek. They can fume all they want about how the GOP stole Merrick Garland's seat - justifiably so - but their options for blocking Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch are basically nonexistent. Senate rules require 60 votes for passage, which means that Mitch McConnell needs eight Democrats to say yes. But if Democrats dig in, McConnell can always change the Senate rules and put Gorsuch on the court with a simple majority vote - 51 Republicans saying yes, no Democrats needed.


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Dick PolmanDick PolmanSeptember 1, 20165min304

Back in early May, I predicted that the mainstream media's "objectivity" rituals would kick in as autumn neared, "balancing" the two major candidates according to the timeworn rules of "on of the one hand, on the other hand," thus leaving the impression that Hillary Clinton (seasoned and experienced, whatever her flaws) and Donald Trump (manifestly unfit, by dint of his temperament and ignorance) can somehow be equated.


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Dick PolmanDick PolmanAugust 4, 20166min333

The Republican race has gone nuclear. One big reason why GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is cratering lately — brand new polls show him 11 points down in Pennsylvania, 9 points down in Michigan, 15 points down in New Hampshire — is because people are catching on to the fact that he's too unstable, too reckless and policy-ignorant, to command our nuclear arsenal in an unstable world.


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Dick PolmanDick PolmanJuly 25, 20166min347

I knew it would be a long night when Donald Trump launched his acceptance speech with a promise to speak “honestly,” telling the crowd, ”There there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else." As if. When a con man offers to sell you Arizona land with a view of the ocean, it's best to guard your wallet. Trump's inspiration was clearly that canny fearmonger of 1968, Richard Nixon. Trump borrowed heavily from Nixon's "law and order" template — he bellowed, "I am the law and order candidate!" — but, perhaps more importantly (and oh so predictably), he emulated Nixon's well-honed gift for shameless lying. Not that Trump actually needs any help in that department, from anyone.