An Earlier “Tea Party”

Both Barack Obama and Franklin Roosevelt began their presidency by inheriting a country in economic meltdown. Both were Washington, D.C....

Measuring the Health Care Fallout

Anyone who says they know with any degree of certainty the short and/or long-term political impacts of the health care/insurance reform...

A Passion For Anonymity

What we now think of as the modern White House staff dates back to the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Before FDR – Woodrow Wilson,...

Better Late…

If you need any proof that the confirmation process for high officials of the United States government works about as well as Toyota’s...

An Election That Matters

Great piece in the Boston Globe today on why Massachusetts’ voters made the decisions they made recently; putting a Republican, Scott...

The Press on the Press

Under either scenario, the buzz will dissipate quickly with the pundits and cable bloviators moving on to something else by about...

Dallek on Obama

Dallek’s op-ed piece this week in the Wall Street Journal is a fitting wrap-up of this year in presidential politics and a must read....

Obama’s Nobel Speech

His latest effort, the speech to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, was a moment on the world stage that was ripe with irony. The prize for...

Obama’s War

I have a clear memory of an old basketball coach from high school who preached a simple strategy. Coach would say when someone was trying...

Dithering on War

News today that President Obama is set to announce his Afghanistan strategy next week. He certainly has been getting a lot of advice and...

Only In America

Barack Obama got off a wonderful line last week when he spoke to more than 500 of the nation’s tribal leaders at a major conference in...

Did Obama Get the Wrong Nobel?

The great American writer John Updike never won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He should have. When Updike came to Idaho a few years...

Mistrusting the Government

Candidate Obama got into one of those pointless (but totally consuming, made for the media) debates with Hillary Clinton last year when...

The Survival of the Republic

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that ain’t so.” – Mark Twain OK, I admit it. I...