Joe Biden is back, baby, with PredictWise judging him with a 2% shot of being our next president. And so:
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since
|"Jeb Bush" phony||1,240,000||-12,460,000|
|"Hillary Clinton" phony||431,000||+20,000|
|"Rand Paul" phony||181,000||-8,000|
|"Donald Trump" phony||179,000||+6,000|
|"Joe Biden" phony||138,000||-|
|"Marco Rubio" phony||116,000||-4,000|
|"Scott Walker" phony||96,200||-1,000|
|"Bernie Sanders" phony||85,800||-400|
At the Weekly Standard, Andrew Ferguson wends his
through old Hillary biographies written by her admirers. (Why? Because
general principle that you can learn more about someone from his friends
than from his enemies.")
marvels at the mental acrobatics as Hillary fans gingerly describe her
The Hillary Paradox consists of two perceptions that are irreconcilable. The first is that Hillary Clinton is a person of uncommon decency, compassionate and deeply committed to justice. The second is that many of her actions over many years are the work of a person who couldn’t possibly be uncommonly decent. How could someone with a wonderful reputation so often behave disreputably?
I, and probably you, have no problem with jettisoning the first perception. But for Hillary devotees, it's unshakeably tied up with their self-perception.
Anyway, if you've forgotten the days of bimbo eruptions, White House Travel Office firings, Whitewater, cattle futures, Rose Law billing records, and the rest, Andrew provides a refresher course. If PredictWise is to be believed, there's a very good chance we're headed for more of the same.
At the WSJ, Ben Zimmer springboards from this
When Donald Trump gave a speech announcing his candidacy for president last week, he seemed to utter whatever thoughts popped into his uniquely coiffed head.
As Mark Plotkin, a contributor to the Hill newspaper, put it, “To say he has ‘no filter’ would be a gigantic understatement.”
… to a lively entomological history of how the "no filter" terminology was coined and popularized over the years.
I'm all for "no filter" in theory. In practice, however, would we really want a president who was in the habit of saying the first thing that popped into his head? I see downsides.
"America's Liberty" PAC submits a fake ad, good for a chuckle:
There is also a "Bailout Bush" website (where, beware, the video above autoplays).
America's Liberty PAC "is a Super PAC created for and dedicated to, electing Senator Rand Paul President of the United States in 2016. It is the only Super PAC endorsed by Senator Paul." There's no mention, as near as I can tell of the Paul connection on the "Bailout Bush" page. But due to the wackiness of campaign finance laws, there is the phony declaration: "Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee."