When JFK was asked why he was running for president in 1960 he answered, “Because that’s where the power is.” When kid brother Ted was asked the same question 20 years later he couldn't think of an answer and his presidential ambitions went downhill from there.
President of the United States is the most powerful and prestigious job in the world, so why, once again, is the crowd of candidates not the finest America has to offer?
Donald Trump has deigned to run for president, convinced that the nation's future is in peril unless he takes over. "If I get elected president, I will bring (the United States) back bigger and better and stronger than ever before," he modestly promised.
The Confederate flag was the symbol of insurrection and treason and the banner under which a war was fought to preserve slavery. Apparently that's OK with those running for the Republican nomination for president of the United States.
Every Republican presidential wannabe who's been asked about it has refused to join calls for removing the stars and bars from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. Can't offend those good ole boys in the Klan, especially if they might be voting in the South Carolina GOP primary, I guess.
Three of the Democrats running for president in 2016 started their political lives as Republicans. That says more about the GOP than it does about the candidates, writes Catherine Rampell in the Washington Post,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been trying to assure the Americans and Europeans that he still supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict despite a mountain of evidence that it is a case "that may be what I said but it's not what I meant."
He says he supports it in principle, but in practice there's a lot of contradictory evidence:
Don’t look for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), the only Jewish presidential candidate in the 2016 sweepstakes and only one who actually lived in Israel, to join the panderfest of candidates trying to out-Israel each other. I doubt he’ll even make a photo-op pilgrimage to the Holy Land as so many, especially Republicans, are.