Fleeting impressions from Trumpless debate

Fox News may have missed Donald Trump. Its viewership was down to 11-13 million viewers, half what they got in the first debate last fall. (The Democrats' debates have had only eight million viewers, thanks to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's scheduling them at low viewership times to protect Hillary Clinton.) But, if the eyeballs were …

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Republican debate the same, only more so

Donald Trump has changed his messages not one iota.  He stands by every single outrageous thing he has said and is absolutely unfazed when challenged. That may be what his supporters like about him.  Last evening's unpleasantly raucous and poorly moderated debate on the Fox Business Network was dominated by Trump's head-to-head with Ted Cruz, and …

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Take-aways from GOP Presidential debate

Sometimes the answer to who wins a debate lies in what sticks with you two days after the event. In the case of Tuesday's CNN GOP Presidential debate out of Las Vegas, there were several sparks that still glow.  After a bumbling start, in which Jeb Bush flubbed his opening remark (hasn't he found a …

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Last night’s winners and losers

Would Donald Trump tone down his junior high school playground bombast? Or, for that matter, would he say anything substantive in response to a policy question? Would Jeb Bush show some "cojones" in confronting Trump?  Would Carly Fiorina get in Trump's face, stand up to the braggart who had dissed hers? Would John Kasich be able …

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Fox big winner in the debate

The big winner in last night's "big boy" (top ten Republicans in polls, all male) debate was Fox News itself. While the network isn't my default choice, the moderators, stalwart defenders of Republican orthodoxy,  and the format wrung the most out of the sometimes unruly lot and provided some illuminating moments.  Megyn Kelly, flanked by Chris Wallace …

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Coakley v. Baker – almost a yawn

Tonight's televised benign if mildly tense debate between Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley was clearly a draw, which may have been the defensive  objective of all concerned. Comfortably  moderated by WGBH talk show hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, both candidates stuck to their well honed, but by now shop-worn messages, spoke calmly, and smiled wanly …

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Headlines to hope for in 2014

Each year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial page editor Tom Waseleski prepares for the New Year an aspirational list of headlines.  For several years, I have shamelessly borrowed the idea and herewith present my own suggestions, with precious little expectation that we will see them atop newspapers, magazines or teasing newscasts in 2014.  Please send your own in the …

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Driven to tears by campaign excesses

I agree with this four-year-old child in Colorado, driven to tears by the election. Politico made public that National Public Radio apologized to this adorable child whose pain I share.  I find I'm repeating to myself the NPR mantra of "only a few more days, only a few more days, only a few more days." I'm sick …

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Ann Romney pitch to women: polished and poll-driven

Mitt Romney quoted Popeye Sunday on Fox News, saying, "I am what I am, and that's all what I am."  (As hinted at by Scott Lehigh in today's Globe, we don't know if that's Mitt 1.0, 2.0 or 5.0.)  Ann Romney's job at the convention was to make of him something more than what the public now …

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