Politics and Bases

June 14th, 2009

We’ve become preoccupied, if not obsessed, with the concept of “political base.”  Supposedly, politicians are obligated to be highly aware of, take care of, and for heaven’s sake not offend their “base.”  This is more than just their supporters — fellow members of their political parties, independents who are on their side, even big-money contributors who […]


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The Rookie President

March 31st, 2009

Thomas Sowell wrote a column today, A Rookie President, about the danger of having a very inexperienced president, especially now.  Here’s part of it: We now have a rookie President of the United States and, in the dangerous world we live in, with terrorist nations going nuclear, just one rookie mistake can bring disaster down on […]


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Something About Obama II

March 29th, 2009

David Rothkopf is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment and a former Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce in the Clinton administration.  In Where Are the Leaders? in The Washington Post today, he discussed the lack of leadership in the Obama Administration and, more broadly, in the world.  He began: You wake up in the morning and once again […]


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Something About Obama

March 28th, 2009

There’s something about Barack Obama that worries me.  It’s been in the back of my mind since the early days of the primary campaigns, and I’ve only recently begun to understand it.  He’s a man more of form and less of substance who, like a chameleon, instinctively displays the colors most suitable to his environment and most […]


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