By Carl GoldenIn a growing sign that traditional party identification and loyalty are weakening under the stress of internal ideological and strategic conflict, this year’s mid-term Congressional candidates are being advised to utilize opposition to their party leadership as a central campaign theme.The ties that have historically bound Republicans and Democrats to their respective parties have frayed badly and, in some cases, unraveled altogether, replaced by a strategy rooted in personality and style.The late House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s trenchant observation – “All politics is local” – has morphed into “All politics is personal.”Republicans are being counseled to avoid close association with President Donald Trump while Democrats see the benefit in distancing themselves from their House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.Democrats around the country took notice when one of their own, Conor Lamb, won a special election in a southwestern Pennsylvania congressional district carried by Trump by nearly 20 points by breaking with party orthodoxy on gun control and abortion rights, for instance, and promising he would not support Pelosi for Speaker should Democrats regain control of the House.The decision by more than 20 House Republicans to retire rather than seek re-election was interpreted as a warning that Trump had become serious – perhaps fatal – drag on their re-election hopes.Democrats are also preoccupied with a debilitating struggle over the party’s future, attempting to mollify its strident progressive wing who argue the party has lost its philosophical bearings while keeping its more centrist moderate faction calm and united.Pelosi stands between the jaws of this slowly closing ideological vise, absorbing criticism from both sides and fending off their demands by concentrating attention on Trump and the Republican Congress.Republicans confront their own demons as they attempt to chart a course between touting the federal tax cut legislation and an expanding economy and job market and explaining an Administration beset by turmoil and chaos.Trump and Pelosi have become evil twins, campaign flashpoints who arouse emotional responses blotting out efforts to drive a coherent, credible message to voters.Even in an occupation in which hyperbole and exaggeration have become the norm, Trump and Pelosi have raised the bar.The president has spent nearly his entire time in office tweeting demonstrably false, over-the-top commentary while Pelosi has delivered such cringe-worthy comments as warning that the tax reform/tax cut legislation would lead to Armageddon and the end of western civilization.She followed by cementing her reputation as out of touch by characterizing $1,000 bonuses awarded to millions of American workers as “crumbs.”Presumably, the condescension and hypocrisy of her remark never occurred to her.Her San Francisco style liberalism grates on Democrats running in suddenly competitive congressional districts and who rightly fear their association with her and her snobbery will sink their chances.The party was not helped, either, by the recent diatribe from Hillary Clinton who, on a trip to India, attributed her loss to Trump to the backward bigoted people who inhabit that swath of the country between the Northeast and the West Coast.Whether Pelosi shares Clinton’s rationale is irrelevant.Both represent the party leadership and are responsible for its tone, direction, and future.Insulting millions of voters they desperately need if their hopes of a Congressional majority are to be fulfilled is hardly a brilliant strategy.Republicans fear being singed by the flames of uproar and turbulence which have beset the White House from the outset.The executive office seems in need of revolving doors to deal with staff upheavals, resignations, and firings.The President routinely laces into members of his cabinet and advisers, tossing out hints of even more changes to come in an Administration which has established a dubious record for a turnover.Moreover, the special counsel investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents drags on, as does the soap opera of the President’s alleged dalliance with a porn film actress more than 10 years ago.It is small wonder that congressional candidates are ditching their party affiliations, breaking with leadership and establishing their own identities.It’s unlikely the current environment will reach a point at which the traditional two-party system dissolves, opening a path for new political forces or viable third-party candidates.It is, however, a clear indication that, at a time when the American people are fed up with posturing and frustrated at a lack of progress, neither party can continue to rely on unwavering loyalty.FOOTNOTE: This article was posted by the City-County Observer without opinion, bias nor editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The song “Ghost” has long been a fan-favorite of Phish fans, and many will argue that the version performed on May 22nd, 2000 is one of the best of all time. Coming towards the end of a six-song second set at Radio City Music Hall, this type of jam is striking at the reason that fans get into Phish. The band draws you in with the sing-song lyrics, then kicks into gear with some jamming. In this particular version, it’s Mike Gordon and Page McConnell that take the lead in the initial jam, a slow-building funk jam with some cosmic synth accentuation. Spacey cow funk at its finest.If it ended there, it would nonetheless be a satisfying jam. When Trey Anastasio turns on the heat about 15 minutes in, all bets are off. Anastasio is shredding until there’s no tomorrow, starting off with a pentatonic groove before riffing on some new progressions and taking the group in new directions. It’s some disco funk, somehow both ambient and energizing at once.Give the major jam session a full listen below, courtesy of astavely56.Setlist: Phish at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY – 05/22/2000Set 1: My Soul, Chalk Dust Torture, Billy Breathes, Heavy Things, Back on the Train, Split Open and Melt, Sparkle > Horn, Bathtub GinSet 2: Bouncing Around the Room > David Bowie, Sand, The Mango Song, Ghost > Rock and RollEncore: Bug > Golgi ApparatusThe Phish Baker’s Dozen run is coming up and Live for Live Music has all of your late night needs covered! Come get down with us at:7/21-22: The Werks @ American Beauty NYC – Tickets7/21: The Motet @ BB King Blues Club – Tickets7/28-29: Dopapod @ Gramercy Theatre – Tickets7/28: James Brown Dance Party @ Highline Ballroom – Tickets7/29: Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club – Tickets8/5: Spafford @ BB King Blues Club – Tickets
470 The Esplanade, Palm Beach.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoThe luxury beachfront sky-home is pet-friendly and sprawls out on 310sq m, capturing magnificent ocean views. Designed by architect Bayden Goodard, the expansive apartment mixes luxury finishes with coastal ambience. Ms Noon said it was impossible to name her favourite part about the home but said the ocean views from her ensuited main bedroom were therapeutic. “I am really going to miss soaking in the spa. It is such a relaxing experience,” she said.“My son loves watching the whales and surfers from the balcony and it is a huge balcony. It is one of the biggest in the building. There is always something happening on the water, its an exciting yet peaceful view. 470 The Esplanade, Palm Beach.“Ty hardly ever leaves the balcony and he is usually out there with a telescope spotting whales.” The La Vie building is a short walk to cafes which Mrs Noon said had becomes a Sunday tradition for her family.“The cafes are just around the corner and it really is a very coastal lifestyle that comes with the apartment.” 470 The Esplanade, Palm Beach.ROLLING waves echo through this stunning Palm Beach apartment and, according to homeowner Judy Taylor Noon, they are a “sweet lullaby”. Ms Noon bought the luxurious three-bedroom apartment two years ago and described it as the most wonderful place to call home for her and her son Ty, 31. 470 The Esplanade, Palm Beach.“We are on the third level but we spend much of our time outside on the balcony or down on the beach,” Ms Noon said. “We even go to the rooftop terrace and have a dip in the pool and have a barbecue. Ty loves to cook on the barbecue.” 470 The Esplanade, Palm Beach.On the market for the first time, the apartment has luxury features such as Gaggenau Appliances, Calcutta marble and oak Herringbone. With a large open-plan dining area and a ultra-modern kitchen the apartment feels like a house, according to Mrs Noon. “There is so much space we are actually downsizing to a single-level on the water. There is just too much space for two of us.”
An action packed evening of karate culminated at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Sunday when the National Junior Karate Tournament was staged.The National Junior Karate Tournament’s top performers after the curtains came down on the eventThe event, which saw competition in only Kata and Kumite events, had participants ranging in age from 6 years old to 17 years old.An upset was registered in the 12-14 years male category when Shamar Francis topped the category after winning both the kata and kumite events. Also outstanding was Jayanti Ram, who won both the kata and kumite events in the female 15-17 years category.Judging by the crowd reaction, the fight of the night was the final bout in the 15-17 years male 55+ kg, which saw Shemar Parkinson closely defeating Trevon Miller to win gold in the Kumite.The evening ended with the medals presentation, which were done by the president and 1st & 2nd Vice-presidents of the Guyana Karate Federation.