Gender Chasm

Mad Men Attitudes and 21st Century Politics By every measure it seems clear that Ann Romney has the smarts, style and personal qualities...

Supreme Power

There is an old and respected approach to judicial review of controversial and essentially political issues that holds that judges should...

One of the Good Guys

More than 20 years ago I was on the way home from a trip to Washington, D.C. with Clancy Standridge, who was for many years the...

Mitt’s Real Problem

Typically in politics the most painful wounds are self-inflicted. Candidates shoot themselves in the foot and hobble around for days...

Boomer Sioux-ners

For most of the 20th Century North Dakota claimed the unenviable distinction of being the one state in the nation that regularly...

Politics 101

For a while during his second comeback of the GOP primary season Newt Gingrich was spending more time talking about Saul Alinsky than his...

Off Message

Memo to CNN: in future debates don’t put candidates for president of the United States at little desks that look like they belong in a...

Monday Reads

Should you desire to get caught up on your political reading, here are several “must reads” to start the week: Walter Shapiro has a tough...

The Missing Mitt

There are few enduring truths in politics. Money usually wins would be one truism. Optimism beats gloom would be another. The truism that...

Where’s George?

For 20 of the last 31 years a Republican president has occupied the Oval Office. Two of those presidents – the first and second George...

A New Gilded Age

If Mitt Romney wins the Florida primary Tuesday, as now seems likely, the media scrum following his every move will no doubt credit his...

Following More Money

It is rare – very rare – that a state Supreme Court rises up on its hind legs and says to the United States Supreme Court we think you...

$$$$$

With two wins in a row in the hip pocket of his blue jeans, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney heads to South Carolina today to...

Assessing the Recess

Republicans and many conservative legal authorities are outraged by President Obama’s recent recess appointments to install Richard...

Confidence Men

So many things we associate with the modern American presidency, including its imperial nature, where created by Franklin D. Roosevelt...

Kennedy

The abbreviated presidency and unfinished life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy is, 48 years after his murder in Dallas, one enduring subject...

Slippery Slope

At least since 1933, when Franklin D. Roosevelt actually suggested in his first inaugural address that he might need to ask Congress for...

2012 Wildcard

Elections and the Court When the Obama Justice Department announced last week that it had asked the United States Supreme Court for an...

Trying Times

At pivotal moments in American history it has often been the case that the right leader somehow emerged from the chaos of the moment and...

Drawing the Lines

When Idaho’s “citizen” reapportionment panel deadlocked recently everyone in the state looked to the Big Man on the second floor of the...