John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 1): A Neglected People

Note: This is the first installment of post-election reflections by John McDonough. His next several posts will include takeaways on what Donald Trump’s election means for the United States going forward.

 

After several weeks to digest, Donald Trump’s election still has America in a state of shock. A man who has shown no trace of self-control, and with an apparent lack of general knowledge of what the Executive does or stands for has led his so-called “deplorables” to the Oval Office. 

It seems this election must be a gross mistake. If Hillary Clinton had just taken a different approach in her campaign, or if her PACs had just shifted their messaging, then this never would have happened. On the other hand, if you supported Trump, then his election may seem like hitting the lottery. He had no discernible shot at the presidency, but somehow just pulled it out of thin air. Continue reading “John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 1): A Neglected People”

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James Comey’s Scarlet-Letter Moment

Guilt is a powerful emotion. It destroyed Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character, Arthur Dimmesdale, in The Scarlet Letter. In the same way, guilt left FBI director James Comey, a man known for his moral rectitude, grappling for redemption last week. His letter to Congress, which divulged the reopening of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation, was his attempt to make up for his failure to recommend her indictment this summer.

Speculative? Sure. But it makes sense. Comey, the head of the FBI, did something bizarre. His letter this close to an election stepped out of the bounds of tradition and procedure. Even critics of Clinton, like Rep. Jim Jordan and Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro, have noted Comey’s letter was out of bounds. Continue reading “James Comey’s Scarlet-Letter Moment”

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Clinton/Trump Round Two: Thoughts After the Second Debate

On Sunday night, the winner of the debate was Donald Trump.

Don’t get me wrong. I think he did horribly.  But in politics, it doesn’t matter what you and I think. What truly matters is what “they” think. The “they” I’m referring to are the undecided voters who were watching. Those are the people who ultimately make a difference come election day. With less than a month left, this debate was good for Trump.  Continue reading “Clinton/Trump Round Two: Thoughts After the Second Debate”

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Lame-Duck Session Woes

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Don’t look now. The Affordable Care Act is crumbling.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are dominating the media. I saw this first hand when I worked in a newsroom over the summer: The coverage was non-stop!

They are not, however, the biggest story of the summer. Based on a steady stream of articles and studies, I’m convinced that if it weren’t for this highly extraordinary election, 2016 would be known as the summer the Affordable Care Act (ACA) started to crumble. Continue reading “Don’t look now. The Affordable Care Act is crumbling.”

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