THE ORIGINS OF OUR POLITICAL PREFERENCES: PART I

Like most people, my dislikes are bigger drivers of my political preferences than my likes. Hate is a stronger motivator than love. Its a fact. Hate energizes. Love pacifies. I like and admire Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. They are, and have been, strong figures on the national stage, who have stood the test of

REPUBLICAN WAR: VOTERS VERSUS DONORS

“In the Republican Party, we don’t count voters we count donors.” David Frum, former speechwriter for George W. Bush and close confidant of the late Sheldon Adelson uncorked that little truism not so long ago. Did Frum knock it out of the park or what? David didn’t go into details on what constitutes a “donor”

JUST WIN BABY

Football fans will recognize the title from Al Davis, longtime owner of the Oakland Raiders. Joe Biden should have that phrase painted in bold letters on the ceiling in his bedroom so its the first thing he sees when he wakes up in the morning…which damm well better be before Six AM. You got work

SEVEN WITH A CHANCE…AMY ON FIRE…PLUS COUNTRY BOYS

KAMALA HARRIS. Smoking hot with the eye of the tiger. Great listener. Infectious laugh. Lots of charm. Smart. Tough. Charismatic. Question: Can our President and our Dominatrix be the same person? AMY KLOBUCHAR. As they say in the South, “You say you like Amy Klobuchar, I been liking her.” Calm. Almost sleepy. Very smart. Not

TRUMP: TOO BIG FOR THE JOB

Henry David Thoreau famously observed “Most men live lives of quiet desperation.” After 14 months in office Donald Trump has demonstrated one thing for sure…he ain’t “most men”. The things that have burdened and constrained all of our previous presidents are, for Trump, inapplicable. We’re talking about things like facts, truthfulness, study, consultation with experts,

THE COUNTRY WANTS A REAL FIGHT

That’s what a real Presidential Election is supposed to be. When it’s over the country should feel a sense of cleansing and accomplishment. The winner invariably enjoys a job approval rating over 50% on Inauguration Day. In the the ten elections from Carter versus Ford in 1976 to Obama versus Romney in 2012, the country

BACK TO BASICS

When things get crazy slow everything down and go back to basics. The great truths have not been repealed….ignored, yes…but not repealed. Consider: NATURE (AND POLITICS) ABHORS A VACUUM (PARMENDIES, PHILOSPHER, GREECE, 485 BC) The Office of President of the United States is essentially vacant. The occupant is happy to spend his days at parades

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

The good news is that Trump is down to a record low in job approval for a President six months into his first term…36%. The bad news is that 36% is too high to get rid of him via impeachment in the House and removal in the Senate. Trump is losing the smattering of democrats

TRUMP … PLUS LONG KNIVES OUT FOR BANNON

I guess I should say something about the election. Everyone else has. So, in no particular order: Trump spoke FOR his people. Hillary spoke TO hers. If you read a transcript of the three debates, Hillary won them all. Watching them, Trump survived. He lived to fight another day. He let his people know he

THE CLINTONS AGAIN: BETTER THAN POKING YOURSELF IN THE EYE WITH A SHARP STICK … BUT NOT BY MUCH

The Clintons are coming again. Like a couple of huge Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons. They’ve been around forever. They’re totally familiar, clever opportunists … ambitious, greedy, unprincipled, and lacking a quarter ounce of political courage. They’re also inevitable. They’ve accumulated $100 million without either one of them having other than a government job for