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Emil Guillermo: Iowa? Asian American’s knew how to caucus; Why I think Donald Trump lost; And the sign to look for when Bernie Sanders has really broken through.


Cruz’s edging Trump, or Sanders in a dead-heat with Clinton, will be the main  headlines in the mainstream.

Where will you read about how Asian Americans weren’t totally invisible on Monday night?

I talked to three Asian Americans who were all engaged and energized by the grassroots process on display in Iowa.

See my piece here at

Now as for Trump

There was a sense that something wasn’t quite right with the Donald when I saw him on a Sunday morning show and he was saying: “I have heart. If people have no money, we have to help people.”

What happened to America’s wall candidate?

He was talking about how government should help poor people who can’t afford health care. And it was a sign that the businessman who has been  callous, bombastic and vulgar on the campaign trail was starting to soften up.

Too little, too late.

Trump  needs to soften up even more.



When Trump attacked Cruz in Iowa, Cruz deflected the ad hominem approach. He should thank Trump, because it gave  nasty, bad guy Cruz appear nicer and more above the fray than he normally does.

It made him electable. Look what happened on Monday.

Trump’s blunder wasn’t missing the final Iowa debate. It was giving the otherwise nasty pit bull Cruz the opportunity to look sympathetic.

That could be an unpardonable sin.

Going forward, I’d bet Trump learns from this, and  turns his approach to the nice Donald–if he really wants the job.

As for Clinton/Sanders, I found Asian Americans, primarily for women. But Sanders’ emergence from a year ago has been impressive. And heading into New Hampshire, the key for him will be making the case to people of color who have been presumed to be in Hillary’s camp. That will be the sign that Sanders has broken through.

See my other pieces on Iowa here at

and at




Emil Guillermo: Snowed in? This is why God created binge-watching. Opportunity to be snowbound with Rachel Bloom in hot pursuit of Vincent Rodriguez III in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Really, when was the last time you saw a Filipino American male treated like an object of desire on TV?

Not since my perm days as a local TV guy in San Francisco, right?

But Vincent Rodriguez III, born in San Francisco and raised in the Filipino enclave of Daly City, California, wouldn’t have his chance on network TV without Rachel Bloom.

Bloom is seen her taking  stage as her name is called for the Critics Choice Award for best  actress in a comedy series, CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

But I’d name her best executive producer for insertion of a Filipino American story line in a network series.


Read my Column about the show and Vincet Rodriquez III and you’ll see why I have this obsession about this show (at least this season).

Then go to my Q and A with Vincent (edited transcript) on

And you get to see the great performance of Amy Hill, who plays the Filipino mom. One of the original cast members from Margaret Cho’s “All American Girl,” Hill has endured the scene with her comic genius intact.



To watch “Crazy Ex-Girl Friend” for free (at least until Monday): You can start from the beginning, but my favorite is the Thanksgiving show.

If you’re still snowbound, there’s one good reason to move from east to west—to  Daly City, California, West Covina North.


Emil Guillermo: Trump in the corn fields turns to Palin, and now we have the TP Show, the Kardashians of Politics; Or is it just “Dumb and Dumber”? Is this what the Founders imagined, the Trumping of Democracy? Better not to confuse the campaign with actual governing. This ploy was mostly a cruise missile on Cruz. But maybe all this will mean someone with real major league government experience will emerge as the straight man to this comic show. A Christie, a Kasich? Another Bush? At some point, the GOP has to get serious.

Emil Guillermo: Bowie was the individual, Glenn Frey was the individual behind the group; some thoughts of one of the key Eagles of American boomer pop.



“Take it Easy.”

“Hotel California.”


As a Rock DJ in the ‘70s, the Eagles’ music was part of my soundtrack.

And when the British invaded harder, and the best America could offer was disco, it was the Eagles that came up from the West to win the day.

Glenn Frey? Should have been bigger than he was as an individual performer. But he was a vertiable giant as one of the Eagles.

I saw the Eagles a few times live. The best show was 1976. Cotton Bowl. A hot July with the Rolling Stones and the Eagles. That was a show.

Later in the 80s, I was a critic and entertainment reporter on television in San Francisco, and the most important stories were not about the artists’ work.

That stuff lives forever.

The stories that made the beat the newsiest in the newsroom was when the music, the words, the images stopped.

It was when the artist died that became the urgent bulletin.

In less than two weeks, we’ve seen the passing of two creators;

Bowie, the individual.

Frey, the group guy.

Bowie was more rebel and provocateur.

Frey was more troubadour poet.

I remember driving across country with one tape: “Hotel California” on the car stereo.

But it was “Take it Easy” that made me see the road in a new light. Especially when we got to Winslow, Arizona.

There was no girl in a flat-bed Ford who stopped to take a look at me.

I looked.

But that song is about hope, love as salvation, and taking a chance.

“We may lose, or we may win, though we may never be here again.

”So open up, I’m climbin’ in. Take it, easy.”

Between the Summer of Love and Disco, the heyday of British metal and the coming of the New Wave, the Eagles and Glenn Frey were a stabilizing force in American pop. As singer-songwriter, Frey provided the ‘70s anthems that marked the times for the boomer  generation.