For Obama, it’s really always been about unity


If there was ever a question about which commitment President Barack Obama has made in his life that will live beyond his presidency, it is his stubborn belief that a united America, without the distraction of division, can and will accomplish great things. Regardless of whether he is able to reach effective but difficult compromises… Continue reading For Obama, it’s really always been about unity

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Sandy’s reality provides opportunity for Obama ‘One America’ redux


"For alongside our famous individualism, there's another ingredient in the American saga, a belief that we are all connected as one people... "It is that fundamental belief - it is that fundamental belief - I am my brother's keeper, I am my sisters' keeper - that makes this country work. It's what allows us to… Continue reading Sandy’s reality provides opportunity for Obama ‘One America’ redux

Commander in Chief vs Commander of Shift


"You said that, first, we should not have a timeline in Afghanistan. Then you said we should. Now you say maybe or it depends, which means not only were you wrong, but you were also confusing in sending mixed messages both to our troops and our allies." - President Barack Obama, talking to Gov. Mitt… Continue reading Commander in Chief vs Commander of Shift

What’s so foreign about foreign policy?


In a time when so much of U.S. foreign policy involves our global military footprint, ongoing engagements, waning engagements and threatening engagements, it's easy to think that war is the sole function of that governing platform. Americans are conditioned that way; like a computer that insists on entering a discarded wi-fi password at your favorite… Continue reading What’s so foreign about foreign policy?

Administration Benghazi story consistent with intelligence docs


News reports appeared, Friday night, that it was not al-Qaeda that was involved in the terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last month, but a local militia group that launched the assault after watching the violence in Egypt on television, earlier that day. "The attackers launched their assault opportunistically after they learned… Continue reading Administration Benghazi story consistent with intelligence docs

Truth slightly distorted – the Republicans’ latest cobbled frame


"The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted." -G.C. Lichtenberg, 18th Century scientist and satirist Word has come, from a piece in New York Magazine, that former President George W. Bush has begun to paint, "making portraits of dogs and arid Texas landscapes" to occupy his time in retirement. It's a good hobby for a… Continue reading Truth slightly distorted – the Republicans’ latest cobbled frame

It’s not the debates – it’s de base


Forget about a campaign "reset" from the Obama camp, Thursday evening, or anytime during the next twenty-odd days until the election results are final. Forget about the hand wringing and the forget about being nostalgic for September, when Romney was on the ropes. Now is the time for all good activists to come to the… Continue reading It’s not the debates – it’s de base

Romney’s Core


Given all the different positions that Mitt Romney has taken throughout his political career, it may be easy to label him a liar and a flip-flopper. But if voters are looking for the "real" Mitt, they will have a hard time trying to peer through the gauzy obfuscations to the man at the core. Mitt… Continue reading Romney’s Core

Can’t hang your hat on polls when winds of crisis blow


In politics, you can't hang your hat on a poll, because the winds of global events will easily send it tumbling away. In the battle for leading a nation, there are only two things you can plant at the top of a poll: a flag or your ass, and if one isn't up there, the… Continue reading Can’t hang your hat on polls when winds of crisis blow

Come up with a position – Mitt will be along shortly


He has been running for president of the United States for almost six years, and there are still so many doubts about his backbone and his political footing that opposing party partisans are not the only ones questioning his ability to be leader of the free world. But if he doesn't belong in the Oval… Continue reading Come up with a position – Mitt will be along shortly