A Lesson, A Plan

In the first blush of political defeat the tendency of many partisans – this is true on the right and on the left – is to take the wrong...

Takeaways

Five initial takeaways from the voting yesterday: 1) In Idaho the controversial effort by top GOP leaders to “reform” education received...

The Right Call?

The Obama campaign and its Super PAC allies spent all summer, as the favorite catch phrase of politics now holds, advancing that...

The Big Mo

The San Francisco Giants (happily for we Giants fans) clearly have what George H.W. Bush once called “The Big Mo.” The dejected St. Louis...

If Obama Loses…

The astute political analyst Charlie Cook nailed the essence of Mitt Romney months ago when he said the GOP nominee is “unencumbered by...

Exceptionalism

More importantly, every week is fashion week in Siena; a city that is to style what Boston is to baseball meltdowns. The old city,...

Seven Rules of Politics

Today no analysis – historic or otherwise – just seven rules collected over 35 years of reporting on politics, working on two statewide...

Break Out the Hand Sanitizer

Thomas E. Dewey, of course, lost to the supremely unpopular Harry Truman in 1948 and is now remembered as perhaps the worst major party...

The Water’s Edge

Vandenberg’s approach to foreign policy evolved over time, which is another way of saying he changed his mind. He went from a staunch...

Themes That Repeat

Yet, amid the dismal economic news, Roosevelt had succeeded in his first term in passing tough new banking regulations, massive public...

So Old It’s New Again

Dirty Harry probably didn’t know it, but his empty chair routine dates back at least to 1924 when a young, very upstart and very liberal...

The Death of Facts

FOX News contributor Juan Williams, hardly an apologist for national Democrats, noted in a opinion column in The Hill today that the flat...

Nary a Word

Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson has one message in his post-Senate life as a truth teller about the nation’s fiscal health. Simpson...

A Very Big Tent

The two events and individuals would seem to have very little in common unless you consider that the very conservative Congressman and...

The Veep

For sure Ryan brings youth, partisan excitement, strong conservative credentials and a certain policy wonk attractiveness to the GOP...

On Everyone’s List

Yesterday I received, I’ve lost count honestly, what must be my 13th or 14th piece of mail from Mitt. On the same day I got a letter with...

Unfair? Sure…And Politics Always Is

allegedly involving sex and an animal – against a political opponent. His staff pushed back arguing that the allegation was untrue, but...

Romney in London

By the measure of world-wide Twitter trending (#Romneyshambles), not to mention the Brit papers, Romney’s visit to London has gone over...

Obama Reflects on Term – Sort Of

If Barack Obama holds off a determined and extraordinarily well-financed challenge from Mitt Romney and wins a second term in November it...

Retroactive

Romney Campaign Crisis Management There is an old truism in politics that holds “when you’re explaining, you’re losing.” By that...