July 30, 2016
En route to fight one of his many duels, the French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he pessimistic? "Not at all. I always use my opponent's return ticket for the trip back. " Some Hillary Clinton advisers, although not that serene, think her victory is probable and can be assured. Her challenge is analogous to Ronald Reagan's in 1980, when voters were even more intensely dissatisfied than they now are. There were hostages in Iran, and stagflation's "misery index" (the sum of the inflation and unemployment rates)
July 24, 2016 |
A "divider" like GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will have a hard time winning Ohio, an important battleground that could help decide the election in November, said Buckeye State Gov. John Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate. "Ohio's a snapshot of the country. People in Ohio want to see a positive agenda, a positive way to move forward," Kasich said Friday in an interview at the Union League of Philadelphia. He attended a fund-raiser for Brian Fitzpatrick, a Bucks County Republican running for an open congressional seat.
July 19, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - When quarterback Tim Tebow shot down reports that he'd speak at the Republican convention this week, he became the most unusual big name to skip the Donald Trump show. But he's hardly alone. When the Republican National Convention opens Monday in Cleveland, it will be missing a fleet of the country's most recognizable Republicans, including former presidents, recent presidential nominees, and a chunk of the GOP's congressional roster. With just one exception, every Republican congressman and senator from the Philadelphia area will be somewhere else.
June 29, 2016
ISSUE | IMMIGRATION U.S. owes visas to Afghan interpreters Congress and Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) in particular should be ashamed. It is a disgrace and breach of a sacred trust to renege on our commitment to provide visas to Afghan interpreters and other aides who risked their lives and face retribution daily for their cooperation with our troops and other personnel. I urge Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) and John McCain (R., Ariz) to introduce a stand-alone bill to renew and scale up the State Department's Special Immigrant Visas program.
May 19, 2016 |
WHILE READING Sunday's front-page New York Times piece about Donald Trump's "crossing the line" with women he worked with, dated or casually encountered, I thought, heck, this won't hurt him. Then, by Monday, one of the women, former Trump girlfriend Rowanne Brewer Lane, featured in the piece as objectified by Trump, said the Times misrepresented her, and I thought, whoa, the piece actually helps him. How, you might ask? It displays Trump as the field-playing macho stud he's played for decades.
May 4, 2016
'When you become famous," the famous political consultant James Carville once said, "being famous becomes your profession. " It's a sign of the stunning success of Donald Trump's crossover act that we no longer even think about this campaign's most revolutionary effect on our politics: the demolition of the line between celebrity and political achievement. Of course, success in politics can itself breed celebrity. Carville earned his by combining his eccentric sense of humor with actual skill in helping Bill Clinton become president in 1992.
March 2, 2016
Donald Trump's distinctive rhetorical style - think of a drunk with a bullhorn reading aloud James Joyce's Finnegans Wake under water - poses an almost insuperable challenge to people whose painful duty is to try to extract clarity from his effusions. For example, last week, during a long stream of semiconsciousness in Fort Worth, this man who as president would nominate members of the federal judiciary vowed to "open up" libel laws to make it easier to sue - to intimidate and punish - people who write "negative" things.
December 21, 2015 |
'Maybe this is the year we run the experiment?" I knew immediately what David Axelrod meant. And it wasn't the first time I'd heard the sentiment expressed while in Las Vegas to cover last week's Republican debate. We were sharing notes after the debate, awaiting an appearance on CNN. Axelrod spoke of the philosophical divide within the GOP as to whether the party is best served by nominating a pure conservative or a more pragmatic centrist. For many purists, history begins in 1980 with the nomination of Ronald Reagan.
November 25, 2015
I don't want my children to grow up in Donald Trump's America. Trump, you see, envisions a country that is defined by insult and derision, by hateful rhetoric and by the steadfast belief that only those who agree with him have the right to express their opinions. Trump surprisingly has been successful with that strategy, but it's not Trump who worries me. It's his fans. Because when Trump says that Mexican immigrants are killers and rapists, or insults Sen. John McCain's service to this country, or insinuates that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's job performance is tied to her menstrual cycle, some of Trump's followers can't separate rhetoric from reality.
August 20, 2015
WITH DONALD TRUMP showing staying power, Republican powers are anxious; like in a dentist's chair facing a drill without Novocain. For, despite predictions Trump can't last or will implode, he's holding a lead. He leads nationally. He leads in early caucus and primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina. And he isn't going away. Ed Rollins, former political adviser to President Reagan, this week wrote an op-ed for Reuters saying Trump can win the nomination. Imagine.