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Would The Donald govern like Arnold?

They're both iconic figures in American culture who are known by their first names. California's former governor is Arnold. The GOP presidential front-runner is The Donald. We Californians who lived through Arnold's two terms in the governor's office have watched The Donald's presidential campaign unfold with a sense of deja vu.

March 26, 2016 | | Other Views


ISIS faithful to Islam?

"We are not at war with Islam," said John Kasich after the Brussels massacre, "We're at war with radical Islam."

March 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Why superdelegates count

Every time I see a tally of the delegate race that excludes so-called "superdelegates," I have to laugh. "Of course they count," I want to scream at The New York Times, which otherwise offers a flawless tally. That's precisely why I, and a minority of others, fought so hard against the introduction of superdelegates. Now I've been fortunate to live long enough to finally see them do what they are supposed to: Keep the party from driving off a cliff. And yet, no one wants to count them. What did we do wrong?

March 25, 2016 | | Other Views


TRUMP VS. DEMOS

In a recent interview with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, CNN's Jake Tapper said, "I would just ask, as a fellow American, if you could consider whether or not dialing down the temperature - trying to bring down the temperature - might be a healthier thing both for your campaign and for the nation at large." And PBS' Tavis Smiley - who once said Ronald Reagan "tortured" blacks - calls Trump a "religious and racial arsonist."

March 24, 2016 | | Other Views


The Humpty Dumpty Party

Is Donald Trump's presidential bid terrifying you?

March 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Rule-or-ruin Republicans

"Things reveal themselves passing away," wrote W. B. Yeats.

March 23, 2016 | | Other Views


WHAT ABOUT FARRAKHAM?

Former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke recently made positive comments about Republican front-runner Donald Trump. He did not endorse Trump's candidacy. But it came close enough for Trump's critics -within and without his party -- to hammer him for failing to issue an immediate and sufficiently full-throated denunciation of Duke.

March 22, 2016 | | Other Views


What would Nancy say?

I was late to the Nancy Reagan Admiration Society. She had arrived on the political scene, after all, on the arm of Ronald Reagan, a man I neither liked nor admired.

March 22, 2016 | | Other Views


OBAMA TO GOP

Washington, D.C., should host an Olympics for finger-pointing. There would be no shortage of accomplished practitioners. Start with President Barack Obama, who, in introducing Judge Merrick Garland as his choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the big bench, asked the Senate "to give him a fair hearing and then an up-or-down vote." He told senators: "If you don't, then it will not only be an abdication of the Senate's constitutional duty, it will indicate a process for nominating and confirming judges that is beyond repair. It will mean everything is subject to the most partisan of ...

March 21, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Suicide of GOP or rebirth?

"If his poll numbers hold, Trump will be there six months from now when the Sweet 16 is cut to the Final Four, and he will likely be in the finals."

March 19, 2016 | | Other Views


No words left for GOP charade

Help! We political wordsmiths are in urgent need of assistance from lexicologists.

March 18, 2016 | | Other Views


An American Mussolini

As you probably heard, Donald Trump canceled a rally in Chicago after scuffles broke out between Trump supporters and opponents around the arena where the candidate was supposed to speak.

March 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Clinton, Sanders migrate

I learned a new word at last Wednesday night's Univision Democratic debate - "Hispandering." Univision's Maria Elena Salinas asked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whether she was flip-flopping on her erstwhile opposition to "illegal immigrants." (It's interesting Salinas did not say "undocumented." She said "illegal" immigrants.) Or was Clinton "Hispandering"? Salinas explained that the term means "pandering to Latinos."

March 16, 2016 | | Other Views


It’s the delegates, stupid

Whenever I hear some otherwise smart person explain to me how Joe Biden is going to march in and become the Democratic nominee, or how "they" - whoever they are - are going to come in and save the Republican Party from Donald Trump, I pretty much know that person has never been to a convention or met a delegate, let alone tried to convince one to be for someone other than the person he or she was elected to support.

March 15, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Donald Trump ‘unsuited’?

As the news sinks in, the editorials are starting to come.

March 13, 2016 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


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Barack backhands Bibi

Did the community organizer from Harvard Law just deliver some personal payback to the IDF commando? So it would seem.

December 27, 2016 | | Other Views


The Year of ‘Post-Truth’

"Post-Truth." The Oxford English Dictionary named this its word of the year for 2016.

December 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Economy needs attention now, & taxreform is key

President-elect Donald Trump's transition continues to go smoothly. Actually, better than smoothly - confidently. More than confidently - transcendently.

December 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Caring ball for troops a success

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

December 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Europe’s future on the line

The terrorist who hijacked a truck in Berlin and ran over and killed 12 people, maiming and wounding 48 more, in that massacre in the ...

December 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Terrorists wage war on Christmas

2016 hasn't been a hot year for discussions of a rhetorical war on Christmas in our malls or public schools. Maybe we've tuned ...

December 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump Team reaches out to Marine vet ‘out of ammo’

Last week, I received this email from Rennae:

December 22, 2016 | | Other Views


Crony capitalism and Rick Perry

Rick Perry has taken quite a tumble since being governor of Texas. He was a twice-failed GOP presidential wannabe and then ended up being a ...

December 22, 2016 | | Other Views


The real saboteurs of a Trump foreign policy

The never-Trumpers are never going to surrender the myth that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and ...

December 20, 2016 | | Other Views


When it is too cold to walk an indoor dog?

DEAR DIDI: We have a male pitbull that is 3 years old. He is gray colored and a mostly indoor dog. We take a 2 ...

December 18, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Lightheadedness may be due to ‘pacemaker syndrome’

DEAR DR. ROACH: In October 2014, I had my aortic valve replaced, and a pacemaker was put in. I was put on 100 mg of ...

December 18, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The people of San Joaquin County have spoken; let’s hope state regulators will listen

The mission of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is to balance water allocation and water quality protection for California. With its latest river ...

December 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump is taking on Wall Street

Actor Jack Nicholson says he finally understood the meaning of the word irony when his mother called him an SOB.

December 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Foreign meddling in our vote? It’s simply payback time for USA

Even in an election year as shot through with conspiracy theories as this one, it would have been hard to imagine a bigger bombshell than ...

December 16, 2016 | | Other Views


Power of the President

For decades, political science students have been taught the late Richard Neustadt's battle-tested maxim that the power of the president is the power to ...

December 15, 2016 | | Other Views


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