Sunday, May 22, 2016
What's With Bernie?
"Surely," all the talking heads have been saying, "it's time for Bernie to cede the nomination to Hillary and unite the party!" It hasn't happened, and if we need a figurehead for Bernie's problem with the Democratic establishment, look no further than Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She and the DNC were looking forward to a coronation, and set debate schedules, fundraising procedures, and media connections to ensure it happened. Well, it didn't happen, and Bernie is pissed. Should anyone be surprised?
What's With Netanyahu?
Bibi is set to replace Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon with a nationalist, religion pandering, totally despicable psychopath by the name of Avigdor Lieberman. It's not for the good of Israel — it's solely for the sake of maintaining Bibi's hold on power, and any chance for some belated reconciliation with the Palestinians will be destroyed. The Army opposes the move. We'll see what happens.
What's With Maduro?
Venezuela is in crisis. People there can't even buy basic goods like toilet paper, but Nicolás Maduro is stubbornly refusing to accept that his own incompetence is largely responsible. The only thing that can save the Bolivarian Revolution is a rapid jump in oil prices, and that just ain't happening. Things have deteriorated so far that one even could justify calling in the IMF — and nobody has ever heard me say that before!