Hillary Clinton’s campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of the former Secretary of State in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club

Not the Laugh Factory

I’m sorry, but is this Cuba, or Prague circa 1980? Since when is it OK for presidential candidates to come after comedians who make fun of them? Even Nixon went on Laugh-In for crying out loud.

Intimidation is a key tool used in crony systems.

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Lawrence Lessig Calls Out Dems for Changing the Rules in Announcing Withdrawal from Race

Lessig is one of my favorite liberals. I disagree with him on many many things, but he is not a lockstepper. He has done excellent work on the issue of Internet freedom (though he threw in with the Net neutrality folks) and the Democrats would have done well to have included him in the debates. Heck, Lincoln Chafee got to be in the debates, surely Lawrence Lessig should have been included.

But I’ll bet the possibility of Lessig bringing up the suicide of Aaron Swartz (founder of Reddit and friend of Lessig’s)  while being harassed by the Obama Justice Department scared the party a bit.* Anyway,

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Sanders, Trump, and Keynes

The rise of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump clearly reflects the increasing desperation of large numbers of American voters. They know something is terribly wrong with the economy. They just can’t figure out what it is.

In supporting Sanders they confuse capitalism with the increasingly out-of-control crony capitalism that world governments have foisted on us. In supporting Trump, they seem to hope that the best way to guard the henhouse against the foxes is to put a fox in charge.

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Biden himself leaked word of his son’s dying wish

I saw Biden speak at the “Women Rule” conference in Washington DC last year. Let’s just say that his reputation as a Cheshire cat seemed to me to be warranted. He came out on stage with his daughter – because it was a “Women Rule” conference – and they proceeded for an hour to regale the crowd of 400 or so with life in the Biden home. Dad taking the train back to Delaware from DC every day. How his daughter’s life was totally normal and how great it was to be married to a surgeon in Philadelphia.

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Is Walker’s Withdrawal From The Presidential Race About Him or About Us?

More about us.

We have had some bones to pick with Governor Walker in the past. He seemed to us to be too close to some corporate interests (see our 8/11/15 story), which made us worry that he was too comfortable with crony capitalism.  But we also admired the way he fought some other special interests, most notably public sector unions. He was determined, courageous, and effective. We also admired the way he made his way in life without a college degree.

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Crony Univision?: Jorge Ramos Embarrassed Himself and His Network, Invites Scrutiny

By now most of you have probably seen the video of Mr. Ramos interupting Donald Trump and Trump removing the the guy because he wouldn’t wait his turn.

And even after this Trump still let Ramos back in and let him ask questions so long as Ramos followed the rules. But by grandstanding the way he did Ramos exposed for all to see that he is not a journalist but an activist. He should be treated as such going forward.

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Are we witnessing another collapse of the party system?

The electoral college in 2016.

It is entertaining. All the “Ready for Hillary” bumper stickers seem to have vanished over the last month or so. Donald Trump is making mincemeat of the GOP party apparatus. All sorts of assumptions about the 2016 presidential race have been tossed out. Rules have been broken. New paths are being blazed.

It has all thrown the DC political class for a loop. And that is a very good thing.

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Al Gore may run for president again in 2016?

There you go guys. Hillary is in serious trouble. Biden’s about to jump into the shark tank. Looks like maybe Gore is too. These guys (and their sponsors) can not fathom Bernie Sanders getting the nomination. Seriously, what do you think is going on at Goldman Sachs these days?

Biden and Gore figure they are in fact the heirs apparent if Ms. Clinton doesn’t make it to the debates which at this point is a real possibility.

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