Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’


Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’ “The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft’ interred with their bones.” That line in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, from Marc Antony’s “Friends, Romans, countrymen…” eulogy of the slain leader, is the bard’s take on how we hold different perspectives in our judgement of people… Continue reading Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’

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DNC rules change leaves Lessig out of 2016 Democrat debates, forced to leave the race


Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig has ended his nascent bid to become the Democrats' nominee for president, despite some remarkable fundraising and outreach. Citing the Democratic National Committee's last minute rules change for qualifying to get into the party's next debate, Dr. Lessig says he is at a distinct disadvantage, one he sees no way of… Continue reading DNC rules change leaves Lessig out of 2016 Democrat debates, forced to leave the race

Will the power of impassioned politicians work down-ticket?


Curiouser and curiouser. It's like Alice herself is guiding us through the United States of Wonderland's early primary season going into the 2016 presidential elections. Showmanship and passionate authenticity seem to be ruling the day, while establishment electoral politics sits bemused on a mushroom. Just how long can this go on? With the angry Republican… Continue reading Will the power of impassioned politicians work down-ticket?

Is another 6 years of obstruction what we really need in the Senate?


"We have to make a hard right hand turn." - David Perdue, Georgia Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Put it down to defensiveness born of desperation. David Perdue has been running marginally close to his Democratic rival, Michelle Nunn, over a string of recent polls, in a state he and the GOP thought was likely… Continue reading Is another 6 years of obstruction what we really need in the Senate?

Leaders come and go, but it’s always up to us – a Nixonian lesson


"To continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the President and the Congress in a period when our entire focus should be on the great issues of peace abroad and prosperity without inflation at home. "Therefore, I shall resign the Presidency… Continue reading Leaders come and go, but it’s always up to us – a Nixonian lesson

UPDATE: NSA amendment limiting surveillance fails in House vote


UPDATE: The Amash-Conyers amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, that would have limited from whom the NSA could gather meta-data, failed in the House tonight, by only a dozen votes, 205-217. Despite the lobbying by the NSA, and opposition by the Republican House leadership, the measure still garnered enough bipartisan votes to make it… Continue reading UPDATE: NSA amendment limiting surveillance fails in House vote

2014 battle lines coming into focus


A famous Democrat told me recently, the Georgia Republicans in the 2014 Senate race - Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston - are all "certifiable." They are some of the loudest, logically dissonant voices in the House of Representatives, but by running, they are out of Congress, permanently. Further, having them in that race… Continue reading 2014 battle lines coming into focus

Pelosi’s less than stellar moment at Netroots Nation


"The fact is, you should reject any notion that President Obama's action have anything to do with what President Bush was doing... "We protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. That's our oath of office, so we have that responsibility." - House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, to the Netroots Nation conference, Saturday, June… Continue reading Pelosi’s less than stellar moment at Netroots Nation

D.C.’s vulnerability tactic – a cry for help?


"I think it comes as no surprise not [only] to the American people, but even [to] members of Congress themselves, that right now things are pretty dysfunctional up on Capitol Hill." - President Barack Obama, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, during a White House press conference It's very hard to tell, but it seems that the… Continue reading D.C.’s vulnerability tactic – a cry for help?

The burning bush of progressivism


"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice." - attributed to 19th c. minister, Rev. Theodore Parker, popularized by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a commencement address to Wesleyan University, 1964 Take your sandals from your feet, America. We've climbed the mountain, and stand on the holy ground of… Continue reading The burning bush of progressivism