February 2, 2016 |
BLOOMFIELD, Iowa - Rick Perry took the microphone at a church here and lashed out at Washington elites whom he accused of consolidating power there in a "total affront to our constitution. " Perry, a former Air Force pilot, lamented the way the country had treated its veterans. As a former longtime governor of Texas, he said, "I wrote a letter a week to a mom or a dad, to a wife, to a loved one, that had lost an individual in the war against terror. We owe those individuals so much.
August 31, 2015 |
A crowd of seasoned politicians competing for the Republican presidential nomination is being dominated by a former New Jersey gambling mogul - and not a very good one at that - who openly disdains the Constitution, not to mention accepted standards of decency and hair care. Meanwhile, the Democrats' heir apparent is apparently losing New Hampshire to a professed socialist who makes Vermont's last presidential contender look conservative. Growing disaffection? Probably. Slow-starting establishment candidates?
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.
April 25, 2013 |
WEST, Texas - From money, food and clothing to new appliances and crews armed with chain saws, help is pouring into the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant exploded. As the donations come in, how long and how much it will take for West to come back aren't yet known. Residents have just started burying the 14 people who died in last week's blast and some don't yet know what happened to their homes. They're struggling to replace missing medications and documents. Others are just starting to work with insurance companies to figure out how much money they'll get for repairs.
April 20, 2013 |
WEST, Texas - Buck Uptmor didn't have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn't a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a ranch of horses next to the flames needed to be moved to safety. "He went to help a friend," said Joyce Marek, Uptmor's aunt. "And then it blew. " Two days after the fertilizer facility exploded in a blinding fireball, authorities announced Friday that they had recovered 14 bodies, confirming for the first time an exact number of people killed.
October 25, 2012 |
Really, is that all there is? With two weeks to go, is it all over but the voting? (OK, based on the ferocity of robocalls and solicitations for non-super PAC funds that my household is receiving, maybe not.) Perhaps, like me, you are experiencing some form of debate withdrawal, not quite delirium tremens but close. Folks, there were 27 primary debates! True, I am prone to exaggeration, but here I do not. There were so many oratorical rumbles that K-Tel could produce a Debatin' to the Oldies Collection, Volumes I and II. It would include Rick Perry's crowd-pleasing, campaign-demolishing moment from Nov. 9, 2011 (nearing its one-year anniversary!
August 2, 2012 |
The easy victory of Houston lawyer Ted Cruz in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff in Texas shows the tea party movement remains a potent force in American politics. It also highlights an antiestablishment frustration among voters, especially grassroots conservative activists, which could influence national elections in November. Cruz, a tea party favorite, defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by 13 points Tuesday, even though most of the Texas GOP establishment - including Gov. Rick Perry - had backed Dewhurst.
July 15, 2012 |
As Texas Goes ... How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda By Gail Collins Liveright. 288 pp. $25.95 Reviewed by Jean Marie Brown Gail Collins examines the trends and conditions of American society and national politics, charter schools, the economy, the great divide between Democrats and Republicans, and finds a common thread: Texas. In As Texas Goes ... How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, Collins makes the case that Texas is leading the rest of the nation down a rabbit hole.
January 20, 2012 |
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The race for the Republican presidential nomination is veering toward South Carolina- surreal. Mitt Romney was stripped of his Iowa caucus victory yesterday, then was stung by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's withdrawal and endorsement of Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who was stunningly accused in turn by an ex-wife of seeking an open marriage so he could keep his mistress. Perry abruptly quit the race shortly before an evening debate and fewer than 48 hours before the polls open in Saturday's first-in-the-South primary.
January 20, 2012
Dump Biden for Clinton If President Obama really wants a second term, Hillary Clinton needs to be on the ticket. Joe Biden was Jon Corzine's biggest supporter, pushing hard for Corzine to get Timothy Geithner's job. Do you really think our Treasury secretary should be somebody who "doesn't know and doesn't remember" what happened to billions of dollars? Joe Biden did. When Biden was Delaware's senator, he blocked all attempts at tougher financial consumer protection laws.