May 15, 2015 |
Suddenly, Republicans aiming for the White House find themselves knee-deep in the big muddy. Twelve years after the United States invaded Iraq, the party's presidential hopefuls are rehashing the decision to go to war, after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in an interview that aired Monday that he would have made the same decision as his brother, former President George W. Bush. Jeb Bush has since tried to clarify his comments, but he has been dragged into a three-day political quagmire as, one after the other, his likely rivals have said they would not have ordered the 2003 invasion of Iraq, given the erroneous intelligence that Saddam Hussein's regime had weapons of mass destruction.
May 5, 2015 |
Where is the Federal Election Commission when you need it? With more money than ever swirling around political campaigns, the FEC should be making sure rules are followed. Instead, it's stuck in the same partisan funk that has debilitated the watchdog agency since 2008. That's when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) decided to gum up the works. By law, the FEC, created in 1975, has three members nominated by Democrats and three nominated by Republicans. The six are supposed to be nonpartisan, and they were for the most part until McConnell, who is now majority leader, chose three Republicans who made it their mission to act as obstructionists.
April 22, 2015
Gridiron activist Even after professional sports allowed black players, team owners failed to consider that these players needed accommodations when teams traveled. In 1960, wide receiver Art Powell refused to play in a Philadelphia Eagles exhibition game when he was not allowed to stay at a hotel with white teammates. In 1961, Powell, then with the New York Titans, refused to play in a South Carolina exhibition game for the same reason. In 1963, Powell, then an Oakland Raider, and three black teammates refused to play in a segregated exhibition game in Mobile, Ala. This football star and civil rights fighter died early this month.
April 10, 2015
ISSUE | DIGITAL SIGNS Hazard in plain sight Put aside the fact that the six-story, full-motion video billboards recently approved by City Council were overwhelmingly opposed by the Planning Commission; are grossly out of scale with their surroundings; generate no meaningful revenue for the city; and benefit only their owner/operator, two nonprofits chosen by that owner/operator, and commercial advertisers. There's an even bigger concern, and that's safety. This legislation should be vetoed by the mayor because these signs are inherently dangerous.
March 26, 2015 |
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush met with some of the region's top Republican donors in Philadelphia on Tuesday as he continued a national fund-raising blitz ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign. Bush had a luncheon fund-raiser for his political action committee with backers at the Union League in Center City, and two smaller meetings later in the day with potential supporters. "I'm certainly listening and learning about all the candidates at this stage of the game, but at the same time, I've been a fan of Jeb Bush for a long time," said William R. Sasso, chairman of the law firm Stradley Ronon, who has worked with the former governor on the board of the National Constitution Center.
February 27, 2015 |
As ISIS barbarities make headlines, Republican presidential candidates are scrambling to outdo each other's hawkish pronouncements on foreign policy. That makes political sense. With the economy improving, polls show that voters now consider terrorism to be as important a campaign issue for 2016 as economic issues. And Obama's incoherent efforts to degrade ISIS make him an easy target. But when Jeb Bush, in a major foreign policy speech last week, tried to pin the blame for ISIS's rise entirely on Obama it made my blood boil.
February 18, 2015 |
THE GOP heavy machinery is merging onto the road to the White House while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems to be swerving in and out of controversies. Christie recently bobbled and backtracked on vaccine comments; there have been numerous reports of his lavish expenses; he roots for a football team in Texas and wouldn't answer questions after watching soccer in London, all while still lugging the "Bridgegate" scandal around. A columnist for the Newark Star-Ledger called for Christie to give up his presidential dream and head back home to focus on Jersey's problems.
February 1, 2015 |
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's declaration Friday that he would not run for president in 2016 boosts at least two other Republican candidates vying for the support of the party's establishment wing. New Jersey's Gov. Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush now can tap a group of prominent GOP donors who had been holding off making commitments to other candidates pending Romney's decision about a third run for president, analysts and donors said. Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, said earlier in January that he was interested in running again but - after finding the path ahead uncertain - pulled the plug Friday during a conference call with advisers and supporters.
January 8, 2015
OK, LOOK, I can't wait. Believe me, I tried. I know it's only 2015. But I can't help myself. The 2016 race for the White House calls like a mythological Siren. The possibility of another Clinton/Bush clash coupled with an expected rerun of the 2012 GOP carnival of candidates is just too much to leave alone. So let's take an early look at what maybe lies ahead. Public polling - which, at this stage, is based on name ID and reflected chatter from cable TV - suggests Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush will be their party's nominees.
June 3, 2013 |
Bob Dole took to Fox News last Sunday to share his views on the state of the Republican Party. Dole said he doubted that Ronald Reagan would be welcome in the current GOP (echoing what Jeb Bush said last year about the Gipper and Bush's father, George H.W. Bush). Dole said the party should hang a "closed for repairs" sign outside its door. "It seems almost unreal that we can't get together on a budget or legislation," he said. When he spoke, a vision of Michele Bachmann popped into my head.