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?

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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

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

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

Open, accessible and diverse, versus secret, exclusive and white


Flip the coin over. The Democrats in Charlotte are planning what they consider a kind of antithesis of what the Republicans just did in Tampa, and, they believe, it's as much about population and platform as it is about publicizing policy. “I think it's a little different than the Republicans,” offered Los Angeles Mayor Antonio… Continue reading Open, accessible and diverse, versus secret, exclusive and white

Republicans praise truth one night, bury it the next


"We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers," Romney pollster Neil Newhouse, to an ABC breakfast panel, ahead of GOP vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan's acceptance speech, Wednesday. It is kind of appropriate that Aeschylus' famous, fifth century, B.C., quote, "In war, truth is the first casualty," was popularized by a… Continue reading Republicans praise truth one night, bury it the next

Akin Republicans move Heaven to stop Romney


UPDATE: America Right to Life has launched a website, RepublicansAgainstRomney.com, with a series of Bible banging, highlighted lines, like: "If you fear Obama, you'll vote for Romney. If you fear God, you won't." Among the litany of reasons listed by the RTL for why they do not trust Romney, is a bullet item tracking his… Continue reading Akin Republicans move Heaven to stop Romney