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.
July 28, 2015 |
Most of the candidates in the large field of Republicans running for president seem content to act as if Donald Trump will fade from the limelight if they simply ignore him. They may be right. Then again, Trump could be beating them in the polls because he's talking about what many aren't: immigration. Trump is wrong about how the issue should be addressed, of course, but if he can get the other Republicans to discuss what may be their party's most vulnerable issue in a presidential election, he will have done a good deed.
April 20, 2015 |
HUDSON, N.H. - Ejected brass shell casings, glittering as the light caught them, flew as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee emptied a Sig Sauer P238 pistol at a human silhouette target at the Granite State Indoor Range & Gun Shop. Saturday was a great day to test the compact weapon for his wife, Janet, who wants something less bulky to carry, and to pay homage to the Second Amendment as a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate in the first primary state. At the tail-end of mud season and after the sugar maple trees had been tapped for syrup, ambitions were rising in New Hampshire last week as Huckabee and 18 other Republican candidates or potential candidates for president trooped through the state and gathered for a two-day forum hosted by the state party in Nashua.
November 26, 2014 |
No influence: Bono, Obama Guess what Irish world savior-rocker Bono has in common with President Obama ? The poor souls top GQ's Least Influential People of 2014 list! Bono and U2 are at No. 1 for the $100 mil P.R. campaign in which their new LP, Songs of Innocence , was added to everyone' s iTunes library without our permission. Barack Obama, in second place, is chided by the mag for being on holiday as the world fell apart - Missouri exploded, Ebola went wild, Vlad "The Impaler" Putin became Alexander the Great , and U2 became Big Brother.