Who Dealt This Mess?

This is my last pre-election post, and hopefully my last about politics for quite a while.  It's long and I apologize, but please bear with me. Almost everyone I know complains that our campaigns are conducted largely through negative, personally-oriented TV ads and that our elected officials pursue the agendas of some set of “special … Continue reading Who Dealt This Mess?

Choose Your Pet

A week or two ago, CNN published a column by Republican consultant and pundit Alex Castellanos in which he got the upcoming election right.  Obama, he said, squandered 20 years of New Democrat centrism and led like an Old Democrat.  He left it to Bill Clinton to remind America what a centrist Democrat looks like, … Continue reading Choose Your Pet

I of Newt, Smile of Mitt

Certain that I owe penance for something, somewhere, I recently watched an entire Republican Presidential debate.  This one was the Newt and Mitt show.  It was certainly less entertaining for the absence of Herman Cain, although you’ll never catch me saying that I privately relished the thought of watching today’s Republican Party have to choose … Continue reading I of Newt, Smile of Mitt

Is Mitt a Moonie?

Let’s start with the answer: no.   He's a very smart, accomplished guy who might or might not make a good President.  Smarts and accomplishments for sure, but not terribly inspiring in his public persona, and it can be pretty hard to tell where he stands much, if not most, of the time.  He will probably … Continue reading Is Mitt a Moonie?