by Mack Williams
30 May 2016

I. Urgent Letter


Dear GOP,

If someone in Cuba, China or North Korea – among other countries – said something like this, you guys in the Republican Party would be drawing up the next proposed set of sanctions. But when it’s referencing urban areas (in Wisconsin and other places), somehow it’s all good.

Instead of trying to suppress votes in urban areas because those voters vote overwhelmingly Democratic, why don’t you come up with policies and people that would enable you to compete for such votes?

A Friend.

II. Open Primaries

Some of the supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders are claiming that the Democratic primary race would be closer, if not showing Sanders in the lead, if independent voters were allowed to cast ballots in the Democratic primaries. I’m not sure the numbers would totally bear that out, nor am I sure I would want that to happen, for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with either Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

There’s a reason why certain voters register as independent, and it clearly has to do with not wanting to affiliate themselves with either major party…which is absolutely fine. I don’t care if you are not affiliated with the Democratic Party, but if you’re not, why should you be able to turn around and vote in the Democratic primary your registration indicated you didn’t want to participate in? You may be honest and passionate about your support for your candidate, but what would stop others from attempting to rig the process in favor of their preferred candidate, who may not be the best for the party? To me, if you want to vote in the Democratic primary, register Democratic; likewise, if you want to vote in the Republican primary, register as a Republican. Simple as that.

III. Little Marco

Donald Trump referred to Sen. Marco Rubio as “little Marco,” and trashed him for months. Rubio, in turn, called Trump a lunatic and a con man, and said he should be nowhere near the nuclear codes. So why is Rubio now saying he would be honored to introduce him at the Republican convention?


IV. The Great Debate

And now, after more back and forth, the debate between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump is off. I wonder when Donald figured out he had nothing to gain and much to lose in going up against Sanders…or looking at it from this perspective, why would he want to face Sanders when he was previously afraid of Megyn Kelly?

V. The Great Series


Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder is in the books, another thrilling game won by the Warriors, possibly in part due to the NBA bigwigs. Apparently there was nothing Draymond Green could do – short of firing at people as rapper Troy Ave is charged with having done at the T.I. show last week – that would have gotten them to give him a flagrant 2 technical foul and a one-game suspension. Had he gotten one, the Warriors might be cleaning out their lockers for the summer instead of dressing at them today at practice for the Finals.

Although I was unsure as to who would emerge victorious, I was relatively certain that last night’s winner would ultimately win the championship. Facing the Splash Brothers and not having home court advantage, the Cavaliers will be hard-pressed to defeat Golden State.

VI. Rip Van Winkle

If you had taken a Rip Van Winkle-like thirty-three year nap in 1983 – when the Sixers, Lakers and Celtics were the three top franchises in the NBA – and woke up last week to this in the newspaper,


you would have thought the newsroom staff was drunk.


VII. Guns Again…


How many people have gotten a gun to keep their home safe, and found – for one reason or another – that it did not?


Playing The Wrong Card

by Mack Williams
16 May 2016


I. Feel The Bern

This piece touting the electability of Bernie Sanders as a third-party candidate sounds great, but it fails to take into account the fact that the entire electorate will not view the three candidates as having a relatively equivalent path to victory. In other words, a certain percentage of the population may wind up believing that a third-party candidate cannot win in this system, and therefore will not ultimately consider him for their vote.

Another thing is that the kitchen sink and all other appliances have been thrown at Hillary Clinton through the years, and she remains standing. The likelihood of further damaging info on her emerging is not that high…but Sanders has not been grilled in that manner, neither during his Senate career nor on the presidential campaign trail. What would the effect of such heightened scrutiny be? My sense is that his support could drop as a result, which would definitely alter these projections.

II. Doing The Math


Back to a prospective two-candidate race, a look at the maps and a look at the demographics demonstrate the problems Donald Trump will face in the fall. Will he be able to flip enough states won by President Obama to get to 270 electoral votes? My guess is absolutely no way.



For instance, Trump wins if he flips OH, PA, and FL, and wins everything Mitt Romney won in 2012. Simple enough? Maybe not…in part because states like OH and PA have major urban centers of such size that any Republican is facing an uphill climb in an attempt to come out victorious in the state. Another reason why is:



Donald Trump. For a guy who has the “best words,” his words and tweets certainly create a lot of trouble.


Bottom line: if Trump only gets <10% of the Latino vote, 5-10% of the African-American vote, and <40% of women’s votes, there aren’t enough crazy wall-building, Muslim-banning voters left for him to win.

III. Ted Cruz

I am so mad at Ted Cruz (and then, subsequently, John Kasich) for bowing out of the race, because I was SO looking forward to a contested Republican convention thrown into a M frenzy when Trump failed to come up with the number of delegates required for a first ballot victory. Would he pout? Would there be violence (as he implied)? Would Paul Ryan or Romney ride in on a white horse to save the day? Unfortunately, we’ll never have the benefit of such wonderful summer TV entertainment – and for that I’m mad at Cruz.

IV. Good Morning

I remember a corporate manager once telling me she didn’t want people to feel obligated to give several weeks notice prior to leaving; if you really want to leave, leave now. I guess that’s where Michael Strahan got to be with “Live” – but here’s my question: Was Kelly Ripa madder because no one told her Michael was leaving until just before the news broke, or because she wasn’t the one that got called up to the big show?

V. Spurs and Warriors

With all the talk about the aging of the Spurs classic Big 3, and how they were unable to withstand the younger Thunder, if Patty Mills had hit his corner jumper in the closing seconds of game 2 following that crazy inbounds pass, the series would have been tied at three games apiece heading into a game 7 in San Antonio which many people would have expected them to win.

As much as I was hoping for a Spurs-Warriors matchup, one thing remains the same: both of these teams had historic regular seasons, yet all is virtually for naught without the Larry O’Brien trophy on top.

VI. Old Man River


People refer to Tim Duncan as Old Man Riverwalk, but the real Old Man River – he just keeps rolling along – is the 42-year-old behind the back flipping, home run hitting (and still good pitching) co-player of the week, Bartolo Colon.

VII. Guns again…

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Excerpts of an article by Christopher Ingraham. Time after time…