A CHOICE FOR DEMOCRATS.

Democrats have a choice. Go big, go bold, hit hard and win. Or, be careful, politically correct, don’t offend anyone and lose. Trump has demonstrated the power of hate and the big lie. It gives the base their sugar high. They’re going to need more, much more. Imagine what Trump will be willing to do in

IRAN: STAY’IN ALIVE

Sure, Iran did that thing in the Gulf of Oman. Why wouldn’t they? They decided its time to demonstrate they didn’t want to get jerked around forever by sanctions designed to strangle their economy. Sanctions for what? For keeping the deal they made with Obama. Yeah, Barack Obama, the guy who could think and talk

HIT HIM IN THE BASE

You want to beat Trump? Hit him in the base. But in a nice way. Sort of like how Reagan beat Carter and Kennedy beat Nixon and Obama beat Romney. Cheerful, with a bit of self deprecating humor, not angry. More mensch not momzer. (Harry Truman was a mensch, Rick Santorum a momzer). What we

FOREIGN RELATIONS IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

One of my mother’s favorite expressions, invariably addressed to me, was “make yourself useful as well as ornamental.” Another helpful bromide, this one of uncertain provenance, is “tell your own story or someone else will tell it for you.” Practical advice for individuals, businesses and governments. How does this relate to Trump as an actor

ADELSON AND MURDOCH

If it was a boxing match, they’d stop it. Two Jewish octogenarians, Sheldon Adelson and Rupert Murdoch, are beating the jack crap out of decades of American policy and tradition that has had the US pursuing peace as a first option, keeping commitments, and supporting those that have supported us. In its place, Adelson and

IT’S SHELDON ADELSON’S DREAM AND WE’RE LIVING IN IT

Billionaire Casino owner Sheldon Adelson is not wracked by doubt. In Sheldon’s world there is no such thing as the Palestinian People, there was never anything to negotiate with Iran, and Israel’s Capitol is Jerusalem. Sheldon has no trouble keeping things simple and no problem getting to the point. In dealing with the Trump Campaign,

BANNON!

Steve Bannon has a problem. He’s in a tribal fight against the toughest, most effective political tribe in the country, the American Jewish Community, and Bannon’s tribe, Irish Catholics, disbanded 40 years ago. They don’t wear their brass knuckles anymore and they only meet on St. Patrick’s Day. We’re not cohesive and we don’t support

NOT READY TO HATE TRUMP

I can't quite get to that “I hate Trump” spot where all sane folks are supposed to be. After all, I'm an Obama guy and have been from day one, so hating Trump should be a piece of cake, right? It isn't, trust me. Especially if hating Trump means I have to like Hillary, and,

REPUBLICAN DEBATE: THINGS YOU'LL HEAR AND THINGS YOU WON'T HEAR

YOU WILL HEAR 1. After I take the oath of office, the first call I'll make will be to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I'll put our good friend Sheldon Adelson on the phone, and we'll all have a good laugh about the future of the “peace process”. Hilarious. Also, we'll have to talk about

RUPERT MURDOCH IS JEWISH AND TOM CALLAGHAN IS CATHOLIC

Screw Political Correctness. It's boring and, like Jeb Bush, low-energy. Trump proves that every day. He doesn't give a rat's ass about political correctness, and people love him “for telling it like it is”. Right On, Donald. Rupert Murdoch, through his hacks at FOX, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Post stomps all