The Case for Jeannette

Poor old Alexander Hamilton. He’s about to lose his coveted spot on the $10 bill and be displaced by a woman. It’s way past time for that...

When to Quit

One of the most difficult things to do in politics – perhaps the most difficult – is to quit. When do you cut-and-walk-away from a There...

Politics is Motion

Sears “brilliantly stewarded Ronald Reagan’s run from near impossibility to a dead heat” with President Gerald Ford in the 1976...

Normandy Celebrates Liberty

[Port en Bessin, Normandy] – We’ve all heard the classic stereotype frequently attached to the French; they’re cool – even cold –...

Understanding the Mind of Other Men

In Federalist 78, Hamilton, writing as Publius, discussed several issues related to the judicial branch of the government that had been...

If I Had a Hammer

The New York Post – as ridiculous as a newspaper in those days as it remains today – offered the headline: “Dangerous Minstrel Nabbed...

Old Debate, Same Outcome

The Idaho Legislature has devoted considerable time and money over the last few months to an analysis of how the state might take over...

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...

War and Congress

The FBI followed him, particularly after he criticized Roosevelt’s foreign policy prior to American entry into World War II. His...

McGovern

The news this week that former South Dakota U.S. Senator George McGovern is in the last days of his 90 years is a reminder once again...

Keep Calm

I just bought a nifty coffee mug emblazoned with the five words – Keep Calm and Carry On. (It seemed like the right kind of mantra at...

Ron Paul

Watching the GOP field I have come to believe that only Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian from Texas, is truly comfortable in his own skin....

Historic Politics

Thomas E. Dewey, the one-time mob busting New York City prosecutor and later governor of New York, made three different runs at the White...

What Goes Around

It is often said in politics that “what goes around comes around.” This is such a story. In the 1940’s and 1950’s Arthur Dean was a...

The Veto

The presidential or gubernatorial veto may be the single biggest political club our nation’s executives can swing. The House and the...

Changing the Fabric of Idaho

When Idaho Governor Robert E. Smylie cut a deal with the wealthy Harriman family in 1965 to take title to the family’s fabulous Railroad...

A Race for Idaho Governor – Part II

As the New Year unfolds, Idaho voters may experience something they haven’t often witnessed lately – an interesting gubernatorial...

A Race for Governor in Idaho

Since 1994, the Idaho Democratic Party has been living the truth of the old saying about insanity. The definition of insanity, it is...