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Posted: Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:53 | Political Insider

In the opening of Fiddler on the Roof, Nahum the beggar asks Lazer the butcher why he was giving only one kopek this week when he gave two last week. Lazer replied that he had a bad week, and the beggar responded, "Just because you had a bad week doesn't mean I should, too."

Posted: Wed, 02/17/2016 - 12:54 | Political Insider

Posted: Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:28 | Political Insider

Beyond the swagger and machismo about carpeting bombing the s**t out of ISIS and making what already is the strongest military in the world the strongest military in the world, there's been little substantive discussion of foreign and defense policy in this campaign beyond staff-written position papers posted on the candidates' web sites. 

And to see those documents you often have to give your name and email address so you can be deluged with press releases and appeals for contributions.

Posted: Sat, 02/06/2016 - 16:31 | Political Insider

Watching Donald Trump on the hustings conjures up thoughts of what someone once said of another great showman, P.T. Barnum:  "There's a sucker born every minute." 

Trump's stump speeches, full of wild rhetoric, curses, threats, profanities, boasts and policies devoid of details, are of the kind that led legendary journalist H.L. Mencken to observe, “no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

Posted: Fri, 02/05/2016 - 13:55 | Political Insider

I was undecided about who to vote for but Bill O'Reilly makes a strong case to support Bernie Sanders.

O'Reilly, the Fox News windbag, said that "If Bernie Sanders gets elected president, I'm fleeing,...I'm going to Ireland."  I have nothing against Ireland – I even have several Irish relatives --  but Bill makes a very tempting offer.

Posted: Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:19 | Political Insider

One of best editorial cartoons I ever saw was drawn 44 years ago but it just as timely today in the days before the New Hampshire primaries.

It was drawn by the late Paul Conrad in the Los Angeles Times targeting his nemesis, LA Mayor Sam Yorty.