He’s Melting, He’s Melting…

“I like people that weren’t captured, OK?” An old political friend once remarked, not altogether in jest, that the most “enjoyable” part...

A Malefactor of Great Wealth

We remember 2008 right? The great recession? The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? Recall the photos of grim faced...

Send in the Clown…

Don’t you love farce? My fault, I fear I thought that you’d want what I want, sorry, my dear But where are the clowns, send in the clowns...

Defining Moments…

Truly defining moments are rare in our politics. They come around perhaps once a decade or so, but when they do occur they often signal a...

History…

A great day for America with expansion of rights for same sex couples or a bleak day where the tyranny of five activist judges trump the...

America’s Great War…

The marvelous British historian David Reynolds argues in his latest book – The Long Shadow – which explores the lasting legacies of World...

What We Permit We Promote…

What we permit we promote. It has all become so predictable, the banality of mass death and guns and race in our exceptional nation. It...

Neither a Ford Nor a Trump…

There is a very simple explanation for why people who have displayed some success in business rarely make it to the big time in politics....

A Warm Bucket of…

I’ve spent a good part of my life in politics accumulating a collection of one-liners and memorable stories uttered by politicians. My...

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...

Advise and Consent…

Years ago I enjoyed a delightful series of conversations with John Corlett, a true old-school newspaper reporter in Idaho who could...

The Senator from McCook

I took a political pilgrimage last week to an out-of-the-way little town in my native state. I’ve taken similar trips in the past to...

The Most Important Election…

There is a wide-open field on the Republican side for the presidential nomination, with at least a half dozen serious contenders, while...

Harry Reid’s Senate Legacy

Having lost the majority after the 2014 election, suffering a gruesome injury that nearly cost him sight in one eye, and facing As a...

The Appearance of Influence

“…this Court now concludes that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the...

A Bias for Action

His critics will probably say that once again Barack Obama has failed to exercise the kind of leadership that goes along with occupying...

The Tragedy of John Kitzhaber

One Oregon legislator said it was like a Greek tragedy, but the dimensions of the decline and fall of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber are...

Criminalizing Stupidity

The embroidered pillow in her living room said: “If you can’t say something good about someone, sit right here by me.” Alice famously...

The Choice

I’d argue that ever modern American presidential election comes down to one fundamental question: do we change or do we continue? In...

Why 2010 Isn’t 1934

In 1934 the unemployment rate in the United States was 21.7%, just two percent lower than it had been when Franklin Roosevelt entered the...