For Whom The Polls Toll..thoughts on this Horrible, Terrible, Awful Campaign

Following Hillary Clinton’s bout with pneumonia and her self-punishing “Basket of Deplorables” comment, it was no surprise to see her polling numbers stagger. Equally unsurprising the faint-hearted Cassandras of the Democratic establishment scream in terror pounding their chests calling for instant remedies.

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Hillary’s Unanswered Question

For all the clever tweets, sophisticated data, and focus group tested messages the Hillary Clinton campaign pumps out daily, they may have forgotten to ask the simple question that should be at the heart of every campaign: If voters had one sentence to explain why they support her candidacy, what would it be? After nineteen months of campaigning, I’m not sure they have an answer to that.

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Forgetting Oneself Into Immortality

The lives of saints are invariably paradoxical. Whenever Mother Theresa was asked how she kept the adulation that came with being an international celebrity from infecting her with the sin of pride, she would reply that Jesus had given her a great grace: the deepest conviction of her total nothingness. “If He could find a poorer woman through whom to do his work,” she said, “He would not choose me, but He would choose that woman.”

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“Inaction” is not “malfunction”

I remain a part of the dissenting minority who argue that our system isn’t broken. Action on a number of thorny issues — ranging from immigration to education reform — is stymied because of big disagreements on what should be done. Our experience with the Affordable Care Act illustrates the peril of making big changes in the absence of substantial majority support.

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Village Fool

‘Ti Laurent wasn’t right in the head, and wandered from footpath to footpath saying, “Tu fais bien, c’est pour toi; tu fais mal, c’est pour toi.” [“When you do good, it’s on you; when you do bad, it’s on you.” “What goes around comes around.”]

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