Oh, how Gore Vidal is missed. Perhaps the United States' only true 20th century renaissance man, Vidal's intellect was boundless, informed by his prodigious reading, writing and intimate understanding of history, philosophy, and ancient civilisations - among so many other unfashionable disciplines these days. A writer of such singular breadth, nuance and virtuosity, Vidal never shied away from using his pen as a tool to first expose, then eviscerate the one-party oligarchy and surveillance state the US had long ago become and the propagandists who populate it. Of course, I couldn't help but think of what Vidal would have made of the absurd spectacle of 20 Democrats "debating" in 60-second soundbites over two nights on television last week - all vying to establish their bona fides to lead an imperial nation, rather than a mythic republic. Vidal's acidic verdict would, necessarily, have been the first and lasting word on the cockeyed proceedings. If anyone should doubt this, they … [Read more...] about 2020 will be the ‘no, we won’t’ US election
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close Video Ingraham: Obama's failed reset Comparing Obama and Trump's economic records. The Obamas left the White House almost two years ago. Can you believe it? But they don't want you to forget how awesome they were. Excuse me, are. Well, with Michelle's current rock star-like book tour, the pair's global speech and their deep ties to Hollywood celebs, they are hard to avoid. Tuesday night, Barack Obama visited the Baker Institute at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and he came off as a man who is obsessed with himself and obsessed with taking credit for another guy's (Trump's) success. Here’s just some of what he said: “And by the way, American energy production, you wouldn't always know it but, you know, it went up every year when I was president. And you know that whole, suddenly America is like the biggest oil producer and the biggest -- that was me, people. I just want you to… Sometimes you go to Wall Street and folks … [Read more...] about Laura Ingraham: Barack Obama’s failed reset
2018-11-07 05:19 Follow the results for the US midterm elections as they come in. LIVE NEWS FEED Jump to Last Updated at 08:33 Democrat Janet Mills wins Maine governor's seatDemocrats have regained control of the Maine governor's office with a victory in an open-seat election by Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills.Mills defeated Republican businessman Shawn Moody and independent state Treasurer Terry Hayes in Tuesday's gubernatorial race. She will succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who was term-limited after eight years in office.Democrats also flipped control of governor's offices in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan and New Mexico.Heading into Tuesday's election, Republicans held control of 33 governor's offices. The Latest on elections to the US House of Representatives (AP)Women will break the current record of 84 serving at once in the US House.With ballots still being counted across the country, women have won 75 seats and are assured of … [Read more...] about LIVE: Record number of women to serve in US House
2018-11-06 08:26 Pieter du Toit attended former US president Barack Obama's victory speech in Chicago exactly a decade ago. As Americans vote in the midterm elections, much has changed from the high of that day in 2008.A decade ago to the day America was a vibrant, optimistic and energetic society.On November 5, 2008 Chicago was abuzz after the night before's massive party in Grant Park on the lakeshore, where Barack Obama delivered his victory speech in front of more than 200 000 people. Chicagoans had one enormous hangover. Obama, exuding confidence and decency, intelligence and humility, spoke of America's promise and of what he sought to achieve as the country's 44th head of state. He acknowledged the grass roots movement that propelled him to victory and told the crowd – which included colleague Mandy Wiener and me – that the US wasn't a collection of red or blue states but that the country is the "United States of America". He delivered a speech worthy of a … [Read more...] about A decade after Obama’s election, America is more divided than ever
\In Today’s Congressional election, Americans face a choice that could shape the nation for years after a campaign that left it politically torn, at war with itself over race, and mourning tragedy.Voters must decide on today, whether to constrain President Donald Trump and his compliant Republicans after the first two years of a demagogic presidency that widened national divides and unfolded in a torrent of scandal. Trump also tested constitutional norms and engineered a sharp shift in the country’s attitude toward the rest of the world.Democrats continue to hold a double-digit lead over Republicans in a generic congressional ballot among likely voters, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS. The party’s 55% to 42% advantage in the new poll mirrors their lead in early October and is about the same as the 10-point edge they held just after Labor Day.But as they face their first chance to judge Trump’s performance, they could also register satisfaction with … [Read more...] about What’s At Stake As Americans Vote In Congressional Election Today?