Tears for Fears


"Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So, just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are." - President Barack Obama, from his farewell speech, January 10, 2017 There was sobbing, actual wailing, in homes all… Continue reading Tears for Fears

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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?

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

A verdict to be rendered, votes to be gathered, victory to be won


There is a two part movie analogy to what took place at the Democratic National Convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week. One is the the trial drama, where the parade of witnesses for the defense - and the incumbent is always on the defense - testify to the jury of voters, and validate allegiance… Continue reading A verdict to be rendered, votes to be gathered, victory to be won

Cooperation and the Clinton effect


Why is it that a Bill Clinton speech can soften Republican hearts when President Obama hardens them so much? Alex Castellanos, a Republican operator who offers his side's commentary for CNN's political coverage, told viewers, after watching President Clinton's nomination speech, Wednesday night, "...tonight when everybody leaves, lock the doors. You don't have to come… Continue reading Cooperation and the Clinton effect

Reproductive rights not Sandra Fluke’s only passion


Sandra Fluke's accidental celebrity, this year, may have come about over a Capitol Hill clash on women's reproductive rights, and an unworthy epithet hurled at her from a right wing radio blowhard, but when she takes the podium, Wednesday night, at the Democratic National Convention, in Charlotte, she is going to reveal to the country… Continue reading Reproductive rights not Sandra Fluke’s only passion

Democrat platform – familiar themes and contrasts, plus the wonky bits


As a policy document, one could get lost in the weeds about NATO, North Korea and loose nukes, but the wonky bits in the 2012 Democratic National Platform don't start until halfway through the forty page document. The first twenty pages of the platform, which the party will approve at their convention in Charlotte, Tuesday… Continue reading Democrat platform – familiar themes and contrasts, plus the wonky bits