Indiana’s Stars Are Shining

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What a year it has been for Indiana’s 200th birthday as a member of the Union!

Come December 11, the Hoosier State will celebrate the day it was welcomes into the fold of the United States of America, thus claiming #19 forever. President James Madison was in office and signed the congressional resolution which certified, the Cornfield with its capitol in Corydon in the southern part of the state near the Ohio River as another star on the Grand Ole Flag, the Star Spangled Banner.

Now 200 years later, this bicentennial year has been one which has put the state in the national spotlight.

First there was the Indiana Republican Primary in May. The late date for Hoosiers to cast votes in primary race usually means that how the state votes has no relevance to the outcome of who becomes the nominee of either major party.

This year, that vote counted.

Hoosiers are the ones who put an end to the races of Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich to beat Donald Trump to become the GOP presidential nominee.

Even with an endorsement from Indiana’s sitting Governor Mike Pence, Cruz could not rally the troops. Trump walked away with the win.

Now days before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio which will vote Trump the official instead of presumptive presidential nominee, Indiana is capturing attention from coast to coast.

Although he backed Cruz in the primary, Pence is now on the shortest of lists and expected to be named tomorrow at 11 a.m. the running mate of Trump.

The news networks have remained transfixed on Indianapolis, camped out at the Governor’s Mansion, for two days now.

Newt Gingrich flew in to talk to Trump on Wednesday. Jeff Sessions flew in to talk to Trump as well. Chris Christie called in to talk with Trump.

The Trump family flew in and joined their father and step-mother for breakfast yesterday morning with Pence and his family.

Pence’s assistant campaign manager was spotted and interviewed on a plane ride to New York today for meetings at Trump headquarters.

Unlike when another Hoosier was tagged to eventually become Vice President, Dan Quayle who served with President George H.W. Bush, Pence is receiving kudos across the board.

When Quayle was named everyone was scratching their heads and asking who he was. Quayle became fodder for late night comedians.

Pence, on the other hand, is considered to be a safe, smart pick if he is indeed chosen to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate.

From the Cornfield, as you can see the Indiana State flag is torch surrounding by stars.

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Tonight those stars are shining brightly.

Trump’s Choices

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As we all sit, biting our nails, the anticipation growing over whom presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will pick as his vice presidential running mate, I figured I would tell you how I view the top four candidates, according to news sources, for the job as I look through the corn stalks.

Newt Gingrich – The former Georgia Senator, Speaker of House and presidential candidate would be the perfect choice for Chief of Staff and head up the West Wing. With his ability, talents and experience, Newt would be the right choice to get things done in Washington. The fact that he can disagree with Trump and say what he thinks is what a Chief of Staff does. Having unlimited access to the Oval Office and a President Trump’s ear would play right into Newt’s strengths.

Chris Christie – The Governor of New Jersey and former US Attorney should be a shoo-in as Attorney General in a Trump Administration. With his record while with the Department of Justice, the bombastic Christie would be the one to lead the charge into rooting out corruption in and out of government. He would be a strong ally for law enforcement and a friend of those feeling targeted by bad apples.

Jeff Sessions – The Senator from Alabama, a former US Attorney, serves a number of committees which make him a prime candidate to be the nation’s next Homeland Security Secretary. Sessions sits on committees overseeing the fight on terrorism, immigration and the environment to mention a few. Sessions, like Newt, flew into Indianapolis today for a sit-down with Trump.

Mike Pence – The Indiana Governor is in a testy fight to stay in office against this 2012 rival Democrat John Gregg. Pence was make a decision by noon Friday whether he will continue his re-election campaign or run for a federal office. This makes the decision critical for Trump to make by then. Pence would be a safe pick for Trump. With 20 years in the Congress, Pence knows the ins and outs of getting legislation through Capitol Hill. Pence, a social conservative with a strong fiscal conservative record, would appeal to some of those hold-outs who are still saying #NeverTrump. By process of elimination, this would mean that the Cornfield’s loss may be the nation’s gain being Vice President with a President Trump.

From the Cornfield, personally I am not a fan of Pence due to his social views and how those were born out in his first year in office when Indiana became a national scandal passing a religious freedom law that had to be amended.

But when looking through the lens of politics, Pence makes sense for Trump.

Of course when it comes to Donald Trump, when does making sense play into the equation?

No Electoral Majority – Then What?

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As if this election cycle has not been bizarre enough, what if come January 6, 2017 no one wins a majority of the Electoral College?

What happens if neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton reach the magic 270 votes from the electors of the 50 states and the District of Columbia?

Article II Section 1 of the US Constitution sets up the Electoral College and what to do in the event no candidate receives a majority of electors.

It is not that there is no precedence of nominees not reaching the requisite number in our 240-year history since proclaiming our independence from Great Britain.

Yet in each of those cases in history, it has not been a pretty affair.

Most recently, most of us can recall when this came close to happening in Election Year 2000 when sitting Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote to challenger George W. Bush as the Florida votes were in dispute.

In that situation, which Democrats refer to the election robbed and handed to Bush, the third branch of government, the Supreme Court, stepped in and decided along ideological lines (conservative versus liberal) that Florida went to the Bush column.

Crisis averted.

The first instance took place shortly after the birth of the nation in 1800. Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, won as Congress voted to make him the nation’s third President.

However, the opposition Federalist Party members of the House of Representatives considered giving the presidency to his vice presidential pick, Aaron Burr, instead.

The Federalists had backed John Adams for a second term.

What triggered the House stepping in to decide the election was that the Democratic-Republican Party, which backed Jefferson and Burr, gave each 73 electoral votes, thus triggering the need for the House to step in and decide the election.

Following this debacle, since at the time the top and second vote getters were elected President and Vice President, the 12th Amendment was ratified in 1804 which called for the two nominees for the top slots in the Executive Branch be from the same party.

For a few years all was sane, then came the 1824 Election pitting Andrew Jackson against Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams and William H. Crawford, the sitting Treasury Secretary.

There was no majority of electors.

Under the 12th Amendment, the top three vote getters would be cast to the House of Representatives for a vote. Clay was out, but agreed to throw his support behind Adams in exchange for becoming Secretary of State for the son of the first Adams to be President.

Jackson had won the popular vote, but the Clay-Adams could not be beaten.

In an election that gave rise to the image of powerful men with cigars in a smoke-filled back room making deals to decide the fate of the Oval Office, Rutherford B. Hayes became President in the 1876 Election although rival Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote.

Under a commission set up by Congress to determine which slate of state electors to seat in the event a state submitted competing rosters of electors, but the commission kept splitting 8-7 to over which slate to seat from Florida, South Carolina and Louisiana.

Hayes cut a deal with commission members to withdraw Reconstruction Era federal troops from the South in exchange for the South to protect and respect the rights of freed blacks.

The commission approved the slates of Hayes’ electors handing the election to him.

Although Hayes kept his word and withdrew federal troops, as history has shown us, it was nearly a century later before the South finally lived up to its end of the bargain.

There is also the unusual situation where Gerald Ford became President after Richard Nixon resigned from office rather than be impeached over the Watergate scandal.

Ford, a member of the Michigan House delegation, was elevated to be Vice President after Spiro T. Agnew was removed from the vice presidency on charges of taking bribes while Governor of Maryland. This set-up the situation for Ford to become the first and only President of the United States to have not been elected to office.

This brings us to this weird year. We have the two most unpopular candidates for office ever as the nominees or soon to be of the two major parties – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

There is rebellion among Establishment and some conservative Republicans who have lined up as #NeverTrump. These GOP members are looking for another candidate to support. The opposition to Trump even includes the GOP 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney.

With Democrats there are those who felt “the Bern” and pledged their all to Bernie Sanders. Uncle Bernie today endorse Clinton. His supporters, however, are not falling inline and looking for an alternative.

Independent voters, the largest voting bloc, are not happy with the choices being set before them. Independents want a real vote, not a vote against someone instead of for someone.

This brings us to third party candidate from the Libertarian Party, former Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

Although no one expects Johnson has any chance of winning the White House, there is the possibility the Republican turned Libertarian could match or best the showing of either Ross Perot in the 1990s or George Wallace in the 1960s.

What if Johnson drew enough votes from the Sanders camp, the disgruntled Republicans and perplexed independents to not win the Electoral College, but to prevent either Trump or Clinton from getting a majority?

The election outcome would then fall into the House of Representatives where each state would have one vote.

A simple majority would determine the presidency.

A simple majority would also with a vacancy on the Supreme Court could determine which direction the Judiciary Branch would travel for at least a generation.

This means that the down ballot races are even more important than ever before. Who controls the House of Representatives controls the fate of both the Executive and Judicial Branches of Government.

From the Cornfield, this one year that one vote, your vote could make a difference.

This is not a year to sit out.

References:

http://www.leinsdorf.com/House.htm

http://history.house.gov/Institution/Electoral-College/Electoral-College/

A Blended America?

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As I sit and listen as President Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service for the slain Dallas, Texas police officers, who were brutally killed by hate last Thursday night, I wonder if a blended America, a color-blind America is possible.

The great American experiment has been one of a melting pot where diverse peoples and cultures have come to these shores “in order to form a more perfect union.

The national motto is E pluribus unum – out of many one.

On the base of the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the US known around the globe, are the words, “…give me your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

The country has had its first non-white President for almost eight years now, but the racial divides seem to be worse now than when President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

A little over a week ago, a study from Pew Research was highlighted in the July 3rd The Sunday Paper on racial divisions in the US of A. There is a wide disparity in how whites view race relations and blacks and other people of color view those relations.

Most whites see improvement. Most blacks see a deterioration.

Most whites think the nation has recovered from past sins. Most blacks think those sins are still being visited on the children and the children of the children.

Can we actually have a blended society?

Can I as an older, white male understand?

My thoughts: Guilty: Failure to Understand, Incapable of Empathy

The President had the difficult task today of trying to bring together three separate incidents over a little more than a week which has brought the divisions in our American society to the forefront – the killing of two, young, black men in Louisiana and Minnesota by white police officers and the ambushing of the Dallas police, which left five officers dead.

Not an easy task.

Often as he has been speaking, the President has found the right tone, maneuvered to play the correct notes, but occasionally slipping into more political and ideological positions.

Yet, as the President speaks, the question rises more in my mind if  a blended America, an America without divisiveness is possible.

I hear the rhetoric on the campaign trail. I hear the words of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

I see the lines being drawn in the halls of Congress.

On social media there is the blistering commentary, the lack of empathy, the shouting too loud to hear the other side.

From the Cornfield, does this great divide that seems to be impossible of being bridged have its roots back in the annals of time?

Is a blended America not a reality which can be accomplished because of the dispersal at the Tower of Babel, where the tongues were confused and people pushed to differing parts of the globe?

I do not have the answer.

Memories of Yesteryear

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Before retiring last night and after I rose this morning, I have not been able to stop the memories of yesteryear from flooding my mind.

It was the summer of 1968, prior to my returning to school for my freshman year of high school. We were living in Aurora, Illinois at the time.

It was a summer of unrest. Riots and demonstrations in the streets flooded the nightly newscasts on all three of the only networks of the time – ABC, CBS and NBC.

I was already something of a history and political buff. So I watched intently to the scenes playing out on our color television.

The images were much more real than what they were that other July night watching on a black-and-white screen as President John F. Kennedy warned the nation about the Red Scare 70 miles off our coast, which I had watched as a second grader living in Anderson, Indiana.

Come to think of it – it had been a decade of unrest.

The standoff with the USSR, the assassination of President Kennedy, the social upheaval of the hippies and flower children, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, the marches of those seeking civil rights for all, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, the burning of bras and draft cards, the running away to Canada, the protests against the Viet Nam War, Woodstock – all were part of this decade.

Now in July of 1968, transfixed I watched the National Guard on the streets of Chicago a mere 60 miles away. I saw mounted police trampling on protesters. I saw the barricades, the smoke from tear gas, from Molotov cocktails, bloodied faces outside the Democratic National Convention.

I watched protesters dragged out of the convention. I saw the inability of nominee Hubert Humphrey to quell the unrest.

It was total chaos. A couple of weeks later, I remember Everett Dirksen, our own Senator, take control at the Republican National Convention. I watched as if in a trance as Dirksen had the hall on its feet reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

But it was still a summer, a decade of unrest.

Over the past week, once more I have been transfixed seeing reminders of that summer nearly 50 years ago.

The killings.

The marches in the streets.

Presidential nominating conventions in the wings.

The saying goes that history repeats itself.

We are also admonished to learn from the past so as not to make the same mistakes.

Have we learned nothing?

From the Cornfield, America the Beautiful, God shed His grace on Thee.

Hoosier Politics Getting Interesting

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What looked to be a rehash of the 2012 election between Governor Mike Pence and former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg may not happen. And that lock it looked like the GOP would keep on retiring Senator Dan Coates seat may not be so safe after all.

The Governor is in the running to be presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick. He will campaign in Indianapolis tomorrow with Trump.

A decision from Trump is expected this week on this Veep pick. However, Pence must decide between now and Friday whether to pull out of his re-election bid. Indiana law will not allow him to run for both a state and federal office at the same time.

Hoosier Republicans, according to scuttlebutt, are now racing to find someone else to run against Democrat Gregg or kiss the Governor’s Mansion good-bye.

A couple of weeks ago I noted that like in 2012, I would be backing Gregg for Governor against Pence. That may change depending on who the GOP puts up to run against him if Pence pulls out of the race.

Now we hear that former Congressman and perennial Democratic candidate Baron Hill announced today he is dropping out of his bid to replace Coates in the US Senate.

Rumor has it Hill, who has been struggling as he faces Congressman Todd Young, a shoe-in to replace the retiring senior Indiana Senator, bid farewell today to make room for another of the Cornfield’s favorite sons.

I may have to rethink who I am voting for Senate now too.

The word on the street is that former, very popular Governor and former, very popular Senator Evan Bayh is putting his name in the hat for a return to the body he left in 2010, calling it too partisan in Washington, DC.

Bayh, who is also the son of a former Senator, the late Birch Bayh, is more moderate and someone Republicans even like. He is a co-founder of the non-partisan No Labels organization.

Yep, Hoosier politics may be getting very interesting indeed.

From the Cornfield, forget the national election, we have a real-live, political slug fest about to happen here at home.

Get ready for a rollercoaster ride to outdo anything Holiday World has to offer and waves to beat anything at Indiana Beach.

For me, it’s back to search and research and then search some more before tipping my vote one way or the other.

Talk about splitting a ticket!

Good thing I am an independent moderate.

Guilty: Failure to Understand, Incapable of Empathy

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The truth is staring me in the mirror.

I am an older, white male.

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As such, I have a failure to understand, an incapability of empathy and am justifiably labeled guilty.

Why deny it?

How can I as an older, white male be able to “get it”?

How can I as an older, white male know how it feels to be abused both verbally and physically?

How can I as an older, white male know the hurt of being turned down for employment or fired from employment because of being who one is?

How can I as an older, white male be able to relate to police hostility or brutality?

How can I as an older, white male think I can be party to healing wounds that cross time?

How can I as an older, white male have the gall to talk about injustice and inequality?

How can I as an older, white male discover my options limited in achieving the great American Dream?

How can I as an older, white male know the humiliation of mothers pulling their children close to them when passing by?

How can I as an older, white male relate to the shame as people cross to the other side of the street in avoidance?

How can I as an older, white male comprehend being refused service in a restaurant or store simply for being alive?

Anyone can see it clearly in the photo that I am an older, white male – thus I am suspect.

It is plain to see that I have no seat at the table with the downtrodden.

The only participation I can have in the conversation is to admit my guilt and complicity for actions perpetrated 50, 100, 200, 300 years ago.

Those actions surely were committed by someone like me. I am guilty whether I am blood-related or not to the perpetrator.

I am guilty whether any thoughts of malice have ever crossed my mind or not.

I am guilty whether I have ever committed any acts of inhumanity or not.

I am the spitting image of the guilty.

From the Cornfield, not sure if I mentioned it, but I am also gay.

I have been asked to move from where I lived.

I have been beaten.

I have been threatened with jail time.

I have been met at the church door and told I was not welcome.

I have seen employment opportunities disappear.

I have been called things which would make the most vile person blush.

None of that matters.

I am betrayed by my appearance in the picture.

I am an old, white male.

Nothing matters except for what is so obvious by one look.

But don’t call it profiling.

What Are Voters Thinking?

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We are still over a week away from the first national convention by one of the two major parties and four months away from the General Election on November 8.

At this point in the race for the White House what is on the mind of voters? Pew Research set out to find out.

What was found is that most Americans are not happy with the current state of the race nor with the choices being offered up for their consideration.

w704As you can see from the chart only 43% of Democrats and leaning Democratic are satisfied. Even fewer, 40% of Republicans are satisfied.

When it comes to the question of interest of which party wins, a big majority of Americans think it matter and even more Americans are or have been thinking about the election.

w704aSo who at this stage is getting more voters leaning their way?

w704bAs you can see at this point Hillary Clinton has a 9-point advantage over Donald Trump. Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and other 3rd party candidates trail far behind.

Yet this election cycle more people are voting against a candidate than they are planning on voting for a candidate.

w704cWe have been watching a reality show play out on the national stage, but Americans actually do have real concerns and issues.

w704dTopping the list is (it’s the economy, stupid) followed by terrorism. Rounding out the top 5 issues closely are foreign policy, health care and gun policy.

Of the two major candidates, Clinton and Trump, which is better suited to deal with issues?

w704eClinton has the edge over all, but not by that much. The exception is primarily dealing with race relations, which are back in the spotlight after two police shootings resulting in the death of two black men in two days.

All the rhetoric this campaign cycle is changing the way Washington conducts business to be more in tune with working men and women.

But which of the two major players will change Washington?

w704fAs you can tell from the chart, Trump is most likely to change Washington – but – not for the better.

With the conventions starting on July 18 for Republicans to be followed soon after by the Democrats, all the talk is about uniting the party behind the presumptive presidential nominees.

w704gTrump still has a lot of work to do. If all goes as is speculated, rival Bernie Sanders will lay his campaign to rest and get behind Clinton next week in New Hampshire.

The full Pew Research survey: http://www.people-press.org/2016/07/07/2016-campaign-strong-interest-widespread-dissatisfaction/

From the Cornfield, I am not yet sure for whom I will cast a vote.

I am certain there are two candidates I will not throw my support. I disagree on too many issues and have too many concerns about one of those candidates.

This has me considering two other candidates.

How much faith do I really have in our system of checks and balances to rein in anyone in the Oval Office attempting to push the envelope too far?

Am I willing to vote for a candidate, who most likely has no chance of winning, only to maintain my integrity?

I am a firm believer in voting or keeping my mouth shut for the next four years. Thus, I will cast a ballot for someone – not sure whom.

Clinton Judgment in Question

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is breathing much easier today after Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told the nation that there would be no request for criminal charges being filed over her use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

But – Comey raised serious concern about Clinton’s judgment.

A woman who is wanting to be Commander-in-Chief was in Comey’s words, “extremely careless.

National security may have been jeopardized by hostile actors on the world stage.

Read these statements from Comey’s address to the country and you make your own judgment about Clinton’s judgment in deciding to use a private email server:

  • Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.
  • There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those with whom she was corresponding about those matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.
  • None of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these emails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at agencies and departments of the United States government — or even with a commercial email service like Gmail.
  • Only a very small number of the emails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information. But even if information is not marked ‘classified’ in an email, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it.
  • We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial email accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent.
  • She also used her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related emails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.

From the Cornfield, while I am not enamored with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, am uncertain about Libertarian Gary Johnson and a no on Green’s Jill Stein, this information is disturbing.

The lack of good judgment is a major downer and typifies the story line that that has swirled around Clinton for over three decades.

Making matters worse, Clinton, like her husband 20 years before, bold-faced lied to the American people. Clinton said no classified emails were ever sent or received on her private email server.

Not so, said Comey.

Instead of clearing a path to the White House, today’s pronouncement by the FBI muddies already political waters steeped in mire and muck.

Race for the White House

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With the national conventions of the two major parties only weeks away, what is the state of the race for the White House on this Independence Day holiday weekend?

Falling flat.

That’s what happened in New Hampshire on Thursday when Donald Trump attempted to make a joke about Mexico, pointing to a plane flying above the crowd. Trump said it might be Mexican and the country was ready for war.

Thud!

Then Trump let slide a woman asking him about replacing Transportation Safety Administration workers who wear those “hibby jobbies” with veterans.

Rather than let the woman know her reference was inappropriate, Trump said he was “looking into it.

Double Thud!

A new ad out from the Hillary Clinton camp, slamming Trump for being “too volatile” to be Commander-in-Chief, uses video of him in Scotland following the Brexit vote talking like a businessman in soft, controlled terms which belied there was anything volatile about him.

Fail!

Remember yesterday about Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who is overseeing the criminal investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State, meeting former President Bill Clinton, husband of the candidate, on the tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona?

Seems the two retired to the AG’s plane and had a sit-down for about an hour. Lynch and the former Prez both say it was purely social and about the family and grandkids.

Oh, but the optics!

Today Lynch, while not recusing herself, said she will not object to whatever finding the Federal Bureau of Investigation concludes at the end of the investigation.

Double Fail!

Trump says he is fighting on two battlefronts – the Democrats and Establish Republicans who refuse to be assimilated into the new GOP he is creating.

All this is making it difficult for The Donald to hire staff he needs and to find anyone willing to speak at the Republican National Convention which gets underway July 18 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Some of the staff he has hired are jumping ship.

Shoot, Trump can’t even get the sitting Republican Governor and former rival John Kasich to attend the event in Kasich’s own state.

Moody’s Analytics, not to be outdone by Nate Silver, is handing the race to Clinton as well.

Here’s how Moody’s puts it:

The closer we come to election day, the more that two-year change is based in history and less on our economic forecasts,” said Dan White, a Moody’s economist who oversees the monthly model.

With just over four months left to election day, the chances of an economic forecast error distorting the results are fading,” he said.

This ups the confidence level in the model’s results, though forecast risks are always present, especially when it comes to politics.

Scuttlebutt has it that Trump will name his vice presidential pick – soon – before the convention. The top contenders: Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Bob Corker and Jeff Sessions (both Senators).

Christie would be a better pick IMHO as Attorney General.

Newt is so 1990s – wait we already have Clinton talking about the good ole days of the 90s.

As to Corker or Sessions, both would be great picks in any other year – not so sure about this crazy Reality Television Election.

There is even talk about the Cornfield’s own Governor Mike Pence being consider for Veep.

Talk about an election killer.

Plus Pence has his hands full trying to fend off another run for the Governor’s Mansion by former Indiana Speaker of the House John Gregg (my personal pick).

Uncle Bernie Sanders is trying to quell the pronouncement by Vice President Joe Biden that he will endorse Clinton.

Joe and I talked about three weeks ago, and as I said, right now my hope is we can reach an agreement on some very important issues and I can go forward to the millions of people who supported me and say, ‘Look this is the progress we’ve made, this is where we’re gonna go as a country,‘” Sanders said. “So, I hope it happens. As of this moment we’re not there quite yet.

So will he or won’t he?

When questioned why he was bothering to run, considering the chances of a third party win, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson said, “I would not be doing this if there wasn’t the opportunity to win.

From the Cornfield, that’s how the race for the White House is looking as Americans prepare to enjoy fireworks to celebrate the birth of the nation.