Digesting the First Republican Debate

For those of us who survived last week’s first Republican presidential debate, there’s been a good deal of reflection on our lives, just to figure out where exactly we went wrong in deliberately choosing to waste a couple of hours of our lives on something with no redeeming value. And the best answer I can come […]

2016 Quick Candidate Profile – Mike Huckabee

As the never-ending parade of Republican candidates continues its inexorable march toward futility, we drop in to check on Mike Huckabee, who this week is discovering that when you’re running for president, your past can come back to haunt you, even if your name is not Hillary Clinton. We speak, of course, of Huckabee’s stupid […]

2016 Quick Candidate Profile – Lincoln Chafee

Finally, we’ve got a one-time Republican to counter the looks and general tone of Bernie Sanders (who I’m actually falling in love with, by the way). I mean, just look at that hairdo! Enjoy this one, folks. Everything about this run is funny, so we’ll give it the tone it deserves. Presented for your consideration, we […]

2016 Quick Candidate Profile – Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina is the quintessential Republican presidential candidate in all but one respect: she’s white, a business leader, fiscal and social conservative, and a woman. There are questions as to whether her candidacy is purely to allow a cleaner attack on Hillary Clinton without the appearance of gender bias, an overall attempt to show diversity […]

2016 Quick Candidate Profile – Marco Rubio

We continue our tour of the wingnut side of the Republican party with a stop to take a look at Marco Rubio. Rubio is a freshman senator from Miami, proving yet again that apparently every argument against Barack Obama as a candidate (his lack of experience) was total disingenuous crap. Rubio the second candidate with Cuban roots and […]

2016 Quick Candidate Profile – Hillary Clinton

We’ve come to know her and love (or hate) her. She’s been an inextricable part of American politics for nearly 25 years, and has held just about every job besides dog catcher and president. And after all that time as First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is the proverbial elephant in the presidential […]

2016 Quick Candidate Profile – Rand Paul

Libertarianism is, at its heart, focused on the freedoms and liberties of individuals to live their lives unencumbered by governmental interference. It’s a fine ideal, but the reality is that it’s impossible to achieve in its total form in any society: government exists to impose order while providing services that no one else would provide. […]

2016 Quick Candidate Profile – Ted Cruz

This time around we’re profiling the first Republican to fling his hat into the overcrowded ring, Ted Cruz. Cruz is the Canadian-born, Cuban-American Tea Party-aligned freshman senator from Texas, all of which, while it represents a mouthful of weird, is fully representative of everything he seems to be: a contradiction. His father fought with Fidel Castro […]

2016 Quick Candidate Profile – Bernie Sanders

This post begins an experiment at Lathropworld, as we inaugurate a blog devoted entirely to politics. In addition, this post begins what I’m sure will prove to be a very popular feature of quick profiles of all of the presidential candidates for 2016. We’ll try to jump on them as they crawl out of the […]