1. I have contemplated Marie Y. (all day yesterday) IMO she did very well. This lady reminds me of women I have known who were basically secular nuns. Conservative everything; hair do, clothes (tasteful), carefully limited comments, no sniveling , a willingness to smile at them after the Republicans decided that the best thing would be to praise her. She is a winsome creature of obviously high intellect. I have looked around the internet and see no one who claims she is gay. She seems to live alone, alone with her work. She tried living with her 88 year old mother three years ago but that did not last. What would the old girl have done with herself in Kiev with her daughter working all the time? So, the maman went home to the States. Marie is still employed as a Career Ambassador (a high rank) in the Foreign Service of of the United States She is currently assigned at Georgetown U. It is too bad for the Dems that she is ineligible to be president because of her foreign birth. What is her gripe? She lost the love of her life, diplomatic work. A word about the Foreign Service in general might be needed. To hear these stuck up creatures praised for their resolute service in "dangerous hardship posts" is funny. Whatever can be shipped in for their comfort is sent. Ask Ambassador William Taylor, a once upon a time infantry company commander, or Ambassador Ron Neumann (rifle platoon leader in VN) if he believes the Foreign Service suffers much except from thwarted ambition.
2. Adam Schiff. The GOP should work on weaponizing his nasty little personality against the Democrats. The spectacle on TeeVee yesterday of Schiff repeatedly gavelling GOP members into silence was most instructive. He is from Burbank? Land of Johnny Carson? How does that happen? Tell me.
3. IMO the Dems have an entertaining but ineffective set of candidates for president; Joe Biden – senile, corrupt and nasty, Bernie – a hypocritical member of the rentier class, a man who reminds me of the early American communists who flocked to the USSR to fight for the revolution (John Reed, etc.), We are all just waiting for Bernie's physical collapse, Warren, while waiting for Bernie to go, is burdened by her history of obvious falsehoods and a lack of understanding of basic economics. If she gets the nomination, she will lose because there are just not enough dummies who can't do arithmetic, Bloomberg – Nah! Deval Patrick, the man who is an enemy of capitalism and is now employed by a hedge fund? Nah! Buttigiege is their best bet. His gayness, cuteness, smartness, veteranness, "family" manness, moderateness, all point to He bein' da man. If he were smart enough to pick the lovely Tulsi for VP, he might well win
4. Trump. A NY City junk yard business dog incapable of real feelings for other people. He sees them all as tools to advance his agenda, namely himself. His pretensions to patriotism or nationalism are unconvincing for me. Policy positions are just public relations for him, but he knows he must perform on these implied promises or fatally lose support. He said recently that his major failing in his first three years was "personnel." I would agree with that. He is really an empty suit. People do not give their all for empty suits. Trump can be beaten but not by running dotards, communists or obvious phonies against him pl