Your Weekly Mencken: Republican Presidential Debate Edition
The first Republican presidential debate is set for Thursday night. Fox News on Tuesday announced the lineup, which includes the top 10 of 17 GOP contenders based on an average of national polls.
In: Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Out: former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham; former New York Gov. George Pataki; and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
What to make of this motley crew? H. L. Mencken made an art of…[more]
"There's no smoking gun!"
That's an alibi on which Clinton apologists desperately rely amid the deepening scandal over questionable payments to her family's "charitable" foundation, as well as the conspicuously unavailable emails from her inglorious tenure as Secretary of State.
Of course, they employed that same alibi back in 1998 until a little blue dress intervened.
Nevertheless, aside from the tawdry spectacle of Clintonian history repeating itself, this particular rationalization makes for an all-too-convenient excuse. After all, the most likely…
"On the eve of the first Republican primary debate, state party leaders across the nation say the 2016 contest is in a state of flux, as unpredictable and wide-open as any they can remember. A sprawling field of contenders, no clear frontrunner, still-unsettled primary election dates and rules, the combustible presence of Donald Trump -- all of it has top GOP officials scratching their heads over…[more]
—Katie Glueck, Kyle Cheney and Eli Stokols, POLITICO
— Katie Glueck, Kyle Cheney and Eli Stokols, POLITICO