No one compelled Mr Sanders to run for the Democratic Party nomination. Since he’s never been a member of the Party until he announced he was running for President, he might just as well have run as an independent candidate, thereby avoiding the Democratic Party nomination procedures. The rules were in place before Sanders announced he would run as a Democrat. He knew the super-delegate situation and he likely knew Ms Clinton would have an edge. However, because he freely submitted to those procedures, he now has to deal the consequences of never having been a Democrat. It is no surprise that Ms Clinton, who was elected to the Senate as a Democrat, and ran for the Party’s Presidential nomination in 2008 as a Democrat, and served in the cabinet of a Democratic President, has the support of other Democratic politicians and grandees.
Adieu Fiorina: Mr Trump basically set her résumé on fire during one of the early debates. Unable to run on her business record, she was left with fronting the defund Planned Parenthood cabal, which was based on the dubious video. When that cause exploded (i.e., the head of Planned Parenthood unmanned the Republican members of the Congressional witch trial and the video-makers were arrested for making fake driver’s licenses), she didn’t have anything to stand on or for.
It’s all over for the Bundy bandits in Oregon. It must have come as a huge disappointment that reinforcements never arrived.
Being anti-Beyoncé is like being anti-puppies. Don Giuliani of the Five Families should know better.
It’s the biggest day in North American culture.
However, it was the worst Super Bowl in world history.
From the start it was clear one team couldn’t drive the length of the field. Then it was clear the other team couldn’t hold onto the ball. Then a mountain of penalties.
A preseason game.
At least there was Schadenfreude.
There also was halftime.
I miss the left shark.
There’s less contempt for Coldplay in the US than across the pond.
Political moments used to last fifteen minutes. Now they last fifteen seconds. Whatever the immediate value of Beyoncé’s performance, it will vanish when the next moment arises. Probably on twitter.
Once every four years, Americans are reminded that Iowa exists.
Donald Trump lost. Now he’s a loser.
Phil Anselmo is backing Mr Trump.
Reverend Huckabee quits, will cash in with a new book and Fox News program.
No one is buying Rihanna’s new album. She’s not at the level of competitors like Beyonce, TSwizzle, Gaga, or Iggy.
I can’t imagine anyone will travel to the Rio Olympics, especially not super-rich athletes.
According to Camille Paglia,
[Taylor] Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props …
Like bell hooks (who a few years ago called Beyoncé a “terrorist“), Ms Paglia employs outlandish provocation as a means to stanch flagging books sales and to maintain her honoraria at an elevated level.
Pundit feminism, comprised of 140 character bon mots, is solely concerned with taking down celebrity women. The collateral damage of its mechanically reproduced outrage can be measured in the troubled status of academic feminism.
Mr Trump is a Harlequinade candidate.
The pacifier and glow stick generation has grown up and is making movies.
Things were better before there were facts. — (Anon. Buzzfeed Journalist).
Concerning his critical appraisal of the “spring clean” of Chartres Cathedral: Martin Filler is likely a typical American blowhard (and the French grandees are right to scoff at his claims), but I appreciate his accurate description of Frank Gehry in the The New York Review of Books.
It is axiomatic among architectural editors and art directors that if a building is not very good, then one should use images of it at sundown; if it is worse than that, show it reflected in water at twilight. This perhaps explains why several publications, including Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times, have depicted Gehry’s newest work in a dim crepuscular glow, rising above its shallow pools and dramatic stepped cascade. Recourse to special photographic lighting does address one of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s basic shortcomings, however, for in a city where it is overcast much of the time, a glass-skinned structure such as this is bound to look rather dull quite often.
I’m surprised there was ever a market for ghost-written autobiographies.
It would be more apt to characterize the careers of Beyoncé, Gaga, and the like as having achieved a “partial Madonna.” Ms Ciccone is the original.
The only time Kanye West was right about fashion was when he donned the leather kilt.
The existence of Babymetal demonstrates there might yet be hope for Japan. An old Situationist like Malcolm McClaren would have enjoyed Babymetal. And tried to make money from it.
Mark Zuckerberg was upset (at 21:38) by the film The Social Network. Even billionaires get hurt.
Taylor Swift is a leading light of post-third wave feminism (joined by Lena Dunham, Keira Knightley, Emma Watson, and Beyoncé).
Elizabeth II R just sent her first tweet, something to do with enjoying a tech show. I wish she had ordered Oasis to re-form.
Queens don’t troll. They send in heavy horse.
Christian Bale is set to portray Jobs. I’d prefer to see him play Job.
The talking wolf who located the head of St Edmund is still out there.
Is Beyoncé or Taylor Swift our Piaf?