The Spectacle Blog

Does D.C. Need Metro Rail?

By on 3.17.16 | 1:36PM

Yesterday’s shutdown of the Washington Metro rail system was supposed to result in horrible congestion. In fact, as reported in the Washington Post, congestion was “normal,” with a little heavier traffic than usual in some places and lighter in others.

Kerry Finally Acknowledges ISIS is Committing Genocide…So What Will The Obama Administration Do About It? Not Much Probably

By on 3.17.16 | 11:49AM

From the better late than never category, Secretary of State John Kerry has finally declared that ISIS is committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis & Shi'ite Muslims in Iraq, Syria & Libya.

As recently as last month, Kerry resisted utilizing the term when he appeared in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was taken to task for this by longtime Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. But Congress and Christian groups like The Knights of Columbus kept up the pressure on the Obama Administration.

Adam LaRoche Ends MLB Career Because The Chicago White Sox Will No Longer Allow His Son in Clubhouse

By on 3.16.16 | 8:09PM

Adam LaRoche has ended his 12-year big league career and his reason is raising eyebrows.

It was initially believed that LaRoche, who had a disappointing 2015 season with the Chicago White Sox, had decided to retire due to injuries. LaRoche, 36, came out of a spring training game on Saturday due to back spasms.

But that wasn't the reason for LaRoche's retirement. He is hanging it up because the White Sox no longer want his 14-year old son Drake being in the team's clubhouse and travelling with the team. Chisox Executive Vice-President Ken Williams emphasized that White Sox management and players had no problem with the younger LaRoche. But I was struck by what he said next:

Let's check all the columns with regards to our preparation, with regards to our focus, everything to give ourselves the best chance to win and this is not a problem today. But in management you sometimes have to make unpopular decisions.

Why I Worry About Senate Republicans Not Having Hearings & Holding a Vote on Justice Garland

By on 3.16.16 | 6:34PM

Some of my views on President Obama's appointment of D.C. Circuit Court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court are similar to those posted by Emily and Frank, but I would add some thoughts of my own. 

Senate Republicans are certainly under no obligation to confirm Garland much less have a vote. After all, when Obama and Joe Biden were in the Senate (and for that matter Chuck Schumer) they made no bones about not confirming President Bush's judicial appointees (much less have hearings for them). What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Yet I think such a strategy is practical if there's a good chance if Ted Cruz is elected President. Frankly, the chances of Cruz being elected President much less getting the GOP nomination are slim and none.

Confirm Merrick Garland…

By on 3.16.16 | 1:53PM

If you think that Hillary has a better than even chance of victory in November. All the usual suspects on the conservative side are advising the Republicans to hold fast and refuse to hold hearings on Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Then if Hillary wins, they say, confirm him quickly lest Hillary nominate someone further to the Left. But in that case, expect Obama to withdraw the nomination the day after the election. As usual, our pundits are too clever by half.

Garland is an excellent judge, about the best one could expect from Obama. One could do much worse, and certainly would with Hillary.

Trump to Republicans: Vote for Me or There Might Be Violence

By on 3.16.16 | 1:36PM

It isn't enough for Donald Trump to triumph as he did yet again last night.

Trump must be the Republican nominee - or else.

Should he fail to prevail at a contested GOP convention this summer, Trump said this morning on CNN, "I think you'd have riots. I think you'd have riots. I'm representing a tremendous many, many millions of people."

Yet it wasn't even 48 hours ago that Trump told Greta Van Susteren that his supporters were "peaceful people."

If this is true then why is Trump now saying there could be riots if he doesn't win? If Trump's supporters were truly peaceful people then there would be no reason to even entertain the thought.

Let's call this for what it is - a threat of domestic terrorism.

The FBI defines domestic terrorism in part as involving "acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law" & "Appear intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population."

Trump, Kasich to Skip Debate; Trump Warns of Convention Chaos

By on 3.16.16 | 12:41PM

After last night's round of primaries, Donald Trump is openly considering himself the nominee, even though he has to win around two thirds of the remaining delegates in order to clinch the nomination before the RNC in August. John Kasich and Ted Cruz may have no intention of dropping out (though Kasich, at least, is mathematically eliminated from contention, neading more than 80% of the remaining delegates to make a go of it), but Donald Trump is more than ready for his coronation, and he stand ready to demand it.

This morning, Trump called for Cruz to drop out - not happening - as John Boehner suggested a brokered or contested convention could result in a Paul Ryan nomination. And although there's one Fox News debate left to go in the primary cycle, Trump doesn't plan on attending. He'll speak to AIPAC instead.

President Obama Nominates Justice Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

By on 3.16.16 | 11:35AM

Now that the Presidential race is very likely between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the White House has decided to troll the GOP fully by nominating a Supreme Court justice, just in time for everyone to panic about whether they'd be better off taking a kind-of, sort-of moderate over whatever the two top Presidential contenders would supply to SCOTUS to replace Antonin Scalia.

The President, for his part, has chosen Judge Merrick Garland, who, aside from having a basically perfect Supreme Court justice name, is the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and - as far as liberal justices go - better than could reasonably be expected from the Obama Administration.

President Barack Obama will nominate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, challenging Republicans to reject a long-time jurist and former prosecutor known as a consensus builder on what is often dubbed the nation's second-highest court.

It’s Hard To See a Scenario Where Trump Doesn’t Become the GOP Nominee

By on 3.16.16 | 12:10AM

Last month, I appeared on The Edward Woodson Show to discuss the GOP race. Woodson, who is a Trump enthusiast, told me the race would be over by March 15th.

Well, March 15th has come and gone. Trump has won three more states and could soon add Missouri to his conquest. However, the race isn't over. Not for the moment. John Kasich's victory in Ohio made sure of that. But the fat lady is rehearsing her aria. 

It is hard to see a scenario where Trump doesn't win the GOP nomination. As much as Ted Cruz wants a two man race, I suspect he will finish third in a lot of Northeastern states. Although it is possible that Cruz, Kasich and the delegates that were alloted to Marco Rubio could make Trump sweat at the convention, I don't see them unifying behind Cruz or anyone else. And if Republicans did unify behind someone else, Trump and company would leave Cleveland en masse and Republicans would be in full fledged civil war.

I wish I could see anything good coming of this, but I cannot. 

Cruz Says He Beats Trump Again & Again, But Not Tonight

By on 3.15.16 | 11:36PM

During Ted Cruz's speech this evening, he told his audience that he was the only Republican candidate who had beaten Donald Trump "over and over again."

While Cruz has won 9 GOP contests, he might come away empty handed tonight. While it is possible that Cruz could pull out a victory in Missouri, it would be a very narrow one and Trump could leave the Show Me state with nearly as many delegates as Cruz. At the beginning of tonight, Trump was leading Cruz by 100 delegates. As of this writing, Trump has more than doubled his lead.

Now Cruz says it's a two man race, but many of the 20 contests remaining are in the Northeast and I see Cruz trailing Kasich in many of those states. 

Cruz's only chance is at a contested convention and even if that comes to pass the odds are very much against the Texas Senator. And let's say Cruz does somehow win the GOP nomination. Can anyone see Trump backing "Lyin' Ted"? Trump would most certainly run a third party bid if he doesn't win the Republican nomination.