One… Week… Left

There's an old Confucian proverb: "When James Comey sends a vague three-paragraph letter to Congressional leadership, all hell breaks loose." Below are seven PPFA thoughts with seven days remaining in this historic, embarrassing, depressing election that pits, as Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson put it, "a candidate under FBI investigation, and Donald Trump." In other words,… Continue reading One… Week… Left


Debate #3 Rambling Review

I don't have time for thematic organization and flowing paragraphs. Time for some rambling. In the first debate, they shook hands before and after. In the second, it was only after. Last night, there were no handshakes. If there were a fourth debate, they might not even look at each other. In the second debate, the… Continue reading Debate #3 Rambling Review

Debate 3: The Return of the Red Eyes

CLICK HERE We had "A New Hope." We had "The Dempire Strikes Back." Now it's time to finish the trilogy with "Return of the Red Eyes," a thinly veiled complaint about how it's increasingly hard for an east coast high school teacher like me to stay up for these brutally late debates, which date back to… Continue reading Debate 3: The Return of the Red Eyes

October Obama

(Author's note: If you want to hear about Trump's rivalry with Miss Universe or the candidates' infidelities, I again suggest you turn on cable news.) Happy October, everyone! Tomorrow marks five weeks from the election. We're getting to that point where a major late development might have irrevocable consequences. In the past, such developments have been dubbed the "October surprise." This… Continue reading October Obama

No Contest

Wow. As the fives of loyal PPFA readers well know, this site has been pretty anti-Trump for over a year now. I had been constantly floored by his ignorance, made incredulous by his nonsensical answers, and laughed out loud at his and others' firm belief that Donald Trump should be President of the United States. But… Continue reading No Contest

The Four Possible Debate Scenarios

Is it actually happening? Is this real life? It's finally fight night at Hofstra University! Lester Holt is the referee, but we, the hundred or so million people watching on television, are the judges. What type of verbal pugilism can we expect from tonight's bout? The way I see it, while the details cannot be predicted, the… Continue reading The Four Possible Debate Scenarios

It’s Getting Real: One WEEK Until a Debate

TOBY: These two men are going to be side by side on the stage, answering questions. That's the ball game. C.J.: If the whole thing is, he can't tie his shoelaces and it turns out he can, then that is the ball game. TOBY: And I believe he'll have to do more than tie his… Continue reading It’s Getting Real: One WEEK Until a Debate

Clinton the Inaccessible*

Having a presidential politics website in 2016 borders on scatology. Many Americans blush at Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the two major nominees, but I flew by embarrassment a while ago and am now more fascinated than anything else. A majority of our democratic republic has an unfavorable view of each of these candidates, and yet, democratically, they became the major… Continue reading Clinton the Inaccessible*

Quick Hit Friday: Northeast Democrats

("Quick Hit Fridays": Where lame posts about random topics go to quietly die.) In the century before this election, the Democratic Party nominated a candidate for president 24 times. Of those 24 nominees, just five were from the northeast (a geographic region I consider to be everything from DC to Maine). And of those five,… Continue reading Quick Hit Friday: Northeast Democrats

PPFA Veepstakes: Part 2 (Clinton)

We stuck our toe into the Veepstakes in Part 1. Now it's time to dive in. Here are my VP rankings for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Honorable mention: Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont, runner up in 2016 Democratic Primary He had an honorable campaign and won over 42 percent of the vote in the Democratic Primary.… Continue reading PPFA Veepstakes: Part 2 (Clinton)