The Last Non-Despised President…

“The nation has become spectacularly meaner, to the point that George H. W. Bush is likely to be remembered as the last President of the...

The Last Non-Despised President…

“The nation has become spectacularly meaner, to the point that George H. W. Bush is likely to be remembered as the last President of the...

Racist-in-Chief…

“The textbook definition of a racist comment.” Speaker Paul Ryan on criticism of Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel ——– How did it come to be that...

Racist-in-Chief…

“The textbook definition of a racist comment.” Speaker Paul Ryan on criticism of Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel ——– How did it come to be that...

Jeb!

“I realize I need to get better.” — Jeb Bush commenting on the state of his candidacy. – – – – – In a year when a majority of the...

Jeb!

“I realize I need to get better.” — Jeb Bush commenting on the state of his candidacy. – – – – – In a year when a majority of the...

Suppose You Were An Idiot…

“Well I think he had really no choice. He’s doing very poorly in the polls, he’s a very low-energy kind of guy and he had to do...

Suppose You Were An Idiot…

“Well I think he had really no choice. He’s doing very poorly in the polls, he’s a very low-energy kind of guy and he had to do...

The Education of the Younger Brother

It’s difficult, no matter your personal politics, to not have some sympathy for Jeb Bush and his efforts to articulate a plausible...

The Education of the Younger Brother

It’s difficult, no matter your personal politics, to not have some sympathy for Jeb Bush and his efforts to articulate a plausible...

The Self-Reflection Deficit

One of the most distressing things about current American culture – or perhaps I should say the most depressing thing – is the complete...

The Self-Reflection Deficit

One of the most distressing things about current American culture – or perhaps I should say the most depressing thing – is the complete...

Assessing LBJ

Dallek titled one of his volumes on Johnson – Flawed Giant. That, I suspect, will be the ultimate verdict of history. A big, passionate...

Bethine Church

Bethine Church died at age 90 on Saturday. Her health had failed markedly in the last few months and, as son Chase said, she simply died...

The Rhyme of Political History

It was 1966 and three-term incumbent Republican Robert E. Smylie, pictured here dressed like he might have been trying out for The Sons...

Are You Listening?

Here’s a prediction. When the history of the Obama Administration is written, the admittedly monumental screw ups with the health...

Everything Old…

As the media fixates on security leaker Edward Snowden and his every movement, it may be worth remembering the role Church played in...

Bigness

On the downhill side of the Gilded Age in American political and business life – that would have been in the late 1800’s – progressive...

The Spy from Boise

Years ago as a very young, very naive reporter, the boss handed me a piece of wire copy ripped straight off the teletype machine and told...

A Little History

Edward R. Murrow famously said of Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy that he had not created the fear of Communism that swept the nation...