Dick Polman

The Normalization of Trump Has Begun | DICK POLMAN

On NBC News the other night, anchorman Lester Holt reported that Donald Trump was pivoting to a more presidential image. In the measured tones that we commonly associate with "objectivity," Holt said: "Trump's comments appear to signal a more moderate shift..."

Hillary Can Show Bernie How to Lose With Grace | DICK POLMAN

Despite repeated pummelings - four more losses Tuesday night, including a blowout in Pennsylvania - Bernie Sanders still can't find the high road on his mental GPS. He's still steamed that Democrats have the temerity to run Democrats-only primaries (he's not even a Democrat), says he's gonna win in irrelevant West Virginia on May 10 and continue to battle at the convention to the bitter end.

Hello? Earth to Bernie Sanders? | DICK POLMAN

Dear Bernie, You're toast, and I'm smelling the burn.

Feeling the Bull: Bernie’s Biggest Con | DICK POLMAN

You'll get no argument from me that Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate — stonewalling the release of those Goldman Sachs chats is merely Exhibit A — but when it comes to bull-slinging and empty sloganeering, she's no match for her self-righteous rival.

The Rising Odds of Republican Chaos | DICK POLMAN

How screwed up are the Republicans? Just read the Wisconsin primary exit polls. It doesn't bode well for November when a huge chunk of the GOP electorate says it won't support its own presidential nominee.

Trump’s Just Winging It, and That Should Scare Everyone | DICK POLMAN

What's important to remember about Donald Trump is that our aspiring tinpot despot is wildly winging his presidential campaign. It's like he's the star of his own improv show.

The Politics of Terror in a Climate of Fear | DICK POLMAN

Every terrorist attack threatens to put Donald Trump one step closer to the White House.

GOP Gapes at its Existential Crisis | DICK POLMAN

It's thigh-slappingly funny to recall that RNC chairman Reince Priebus said on the eve of this national race that "Republicans will choose from a deep bench of presidential material."

Trump is Same GOP Racism Without the Dog Whistle | DICK POLMAN

Super Tuesday gave us some priceless moments — Donald Trump bellowing in his personal ballroom while neutered lapdog Chris Christie awaited his master's command to fetch pipe and slippers — but arguably best of all was Paul Ryan's hilarious attempt to distance the GOP from Trump's raw racism.

Mitt isn’t Exactly Superman | DICK POLMAN

The good news is that a prominent member of the cowed Republican establishment is finally speaking out against Donald Trump. The bad news is, it's Mitt Romney.

New Hampshire’s Populist Primal Scream | DICK POLMAN

What a wild night in New Hampshire! In the words of one political reporter, "The voters sent a powerful anti-Washington message." A xenophobic Republican demagogue "stoked citizen anger against the inside-the-Beltway establishment, loudly invoking the '30s populism of Huey Long." The triumphant candidate fed off the "anxieties" of his fans. He "speaks his mind and damns the consequences."

The Most Idiotic Reactions to the Poisoning of Flint | DICK POLMAN

The poisoning of Flint, Michigan, is a national disgrace — and some of the people reacting to it have been disgraceful. Here's an abbreviated list, going from bad to worse.

Obama Gun Reforms vs Republican Gun Servants | DICK POLMAN

Why do Republicans nauseatingly refuse to address America's gun murder epidemic? Why are they so determined to sustain our well-earned reputation as the most violent nation in the civilized western world? Why are they jerking their knees in reflexive opposition to President Obama's modest attempts to defend our right to remain alive?

Bill Clinton’s Sexual History? Really? Again? | DICK POLMAN

Donald Trump is out of his mind (nothing new there) if he really thinks that he can taint Hillary Clinton by recycling her husband's infidelities.

The Temptation of Donald Trump | DICK POLMAN

A respected political analyst is writing about a certain presidential candidate. See if you can identify the candidate.

Fright-Wingers Compete to Freak Us Out | DICK POLMAN

I would've preferred to watch "Fargo," a pitch-black comedy about bloodlusting knuckleheads, but instead I dutifully tuned in the Republicans, and I got the same kind of characters.

The Soiling of Lincoln’s Legacy | DICK POLMAN

In his remarks commemorating the 150th anniversary of the constitutional provision that abolished slavery, President Obama urged his fellow Americans to draw inspiration from their ancestors and "push back against bigotry in all its forms," because "our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others."

What’s the Republican plan for beating ISIS? | DICK POLMAN

When I listen to Republicans talk tough about ISIS, I'm reminded of a old Steve Martin joke: "You can be a millionaire and never pay taxes! Yes, you can be a millionaire and never pay taxes! And you say, 'Steve, how can I become a millionaire and never pay taxes?' OK, first? You get a million dollars

A Key Shift for Obama in ISIS Address | DICK POLMAN

One particular passage in President Obama's Sunday night address to the nation caught my attention.

Fear Not, Trump Will Still Crash and Burn | DICK POLMAN

Month after month, execrable bullhorn artist Donald Trump remains perched atop the polls, and there's growing concern that the guy might actually win the nomination. Various super PACs allied with the party establishment keep threatening to bomb him with ad campaigns, and Republican regulars are freaking out at the prospect of an autumn 2016 debacle that features landslide losses in every voter category except celebrity-besotted angry white people.