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Politics and other nightmares

Snark alert

Not everyone agrees with my opinion that the Fox News candidate questions did a good job:

Debate night

Yeah, I watched the debates last night, both of them, and they weren't as much of a waster of time as I had feared. Certainly it wasn't possible to get an in-depth look at anybody since they all had so little time to speak. But it helps sorting all 17 of them out to just get an overview.

Friends first


Friends and family should come first and politics, second.

Ten spot

So, Americans' top choice for the woman to replace Hamilton on the $10 bill is Elinor Roosevelt:

 But maybe, if the goal here is to break men’s stranglehold on the currency, we shouldn’t start with someone whose appearance on the $10 will ensure that nearly every conversation about it begins this way: “Isn’t her husband much more deserving?” Because he is, you know. Like him or not.

Retrofitting the past

Watch out for the clown

For more than two decades now, the accepted wisdom has been that Ross Perot "cost" George H.W. Bush his 1992 re-election bid. But the reality is that he probably saved Bush from an ignominious and humiliating loss that would have rivaled FDR's 1932 drubbing of Herbert Hoover:

The starting lineup

Now we know the linuep of 10 candidates whose poll numbers qualify them for the main Fox News debate stage tomorrow night:

Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Shall we share?

It used to be mostly musicians who could say, "Hey, I got a gig." Now millions are saying it:

Hedging their bets