An affirmative case for Hillary Clinton

"It wasn’t lost on everybody—including some in the press—that her principal transgression actually seemed to be that she was a woman who said what she thought instead of quietly receding into the conventionally accepted political staging." - from a Politico article about how a 60 Minutes appearance in 1992 planted in the minds of Americans… Continue reading An affirmative case for Hillary Clinton

The problem with Clinton nostalgia

Let's start with, on the whole, I'm a big fan of Hillary Clinton. She commits. She works hard. She gets thing done.Her impressive performance as secretary of state made sure that the good ship Hillary never bottomed out, buoyed by a tide of political good will, domestically and abroad. The energy of, let's call it… Continue reading The problem with Clinton nostalgia

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

Commitment, Compromise, Consensus and Congress

The 2008 Commitment: Taxes will go up on those making over $250,000. The 2010 Compromise: Nobody's taxes will go up, and we'll throw in some more tax breaks that will add a couple of bucks to your paycheck. The Consensus? Um. No. A real consensus, achieved through civil dialogue, would have required agreement from Democrats… Continue reading Commitment, Compromise, Consensus and Congress