Cruz Control

Depending on the pundit you read, Ted Cruz either destroyed his political future with last night’s speech—or he insured it. My guess is that he bought himself an insurance policy.

As I see it, the next four years are going to be tough. Neither Clinton nor Trump seem to offer much promise of easier times ahead. Clinton’s brand of cronyism would operate within fairly well-understood bounds and would be kept in check by “the system,” but it would not be generally beneficial for America. Trump’s administration would be a wild card. Even if it turned out to be more good than bad, it would be disruptive. After 12 years of Obama and Whoever, the electorate will be even angrier that it is today. I’ll bet we are about to elect a one-term president. Come 2020, “I told you so,” may be a useful subtext to have running through a campaign. The slogan “A Return to Normalcy” worked in 1920. It may be ripe again a century later.

We’ll see.

The Republican’s have several young potential candidates to groom over the next four years. Who do the Democrats have? Martin O’Malley?

It’s gonna be a rough four years.

Amending the Bill of Rights

Over at WaPo, Dave Weigel has a piece about Hillary Clinton’s promise to seek to “amend” the First Amendment in order to eliminate the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision. That’s an important personal goal for her because what that decision actually did was tell the Federal Election Commission that it could not prevent Citizens United from showing a video that told inconvenient truths about Hillary Clinton within 60 days of an election. She views that as a severe flaw in the First Amendment.

Of course, that’s not the only part of the pesky Bill of Rights that she feels needs … um … modernizing … yeah, that’s the sort of word she’d use … modernizing. Clearly, the Second Amendment will have to go entirely, and the Fourth and Fifth will need work as well, except as they might apply to certain charitable foundations.