One of the most enduring paradoxes in the American ethos is the way that Americans simultaneously regard higher education with reverence while viewing intellectuals with suspicion. American anti-intellectualism is based in the notion that the universities in which our greatest thinkers thrive are singularly free from the practical tests of real-world viability that are needed in order for great thoughts…Read More »
The President’s re-election campaign is beginning to look like an out-of-control game of Whack-a-Mole.
They say the President doesn’t have an agenda for the next four years. Quick! New 20 page agenda pamphlet entitled “The New Economic Patriotism.” Whack!
The President is losing his edge with women. Quick! New ad with tramp-stamped, big-nosed, androgynous co-ed on how to lose it…
If women were convinced in large numbers, after the first debate, to switch their fragile allegiance from Obama to Romney, if Romney was able, in just those ninety minutes, to convey the “man behind the candidate,” then probably those women suspected already that there might be a special man hiding in there. Read more of my new column at The…Read More »
The town hall style of Tuesday’s upcoming Presidential debate has features which will work to Mitt Romney’s advantage, but overall it is a potential field of landmines for the Republican candidate. Romney will no doubt be on top of his game, as he always is, but with a little anticipation he might be able to turn on some of the…Read More »
My friend Todd Feinburg is fond of quoting Lyndon Baines Johnson’s famous, terse political dictum:
Make the bastard deny it! The story, according to Hunter S.Thompson (so face it, it may be apocryphal), was that when Johnson spoke these words to his campaign manager he was down ten points with nine days to go in his first Congressional campaign. His…
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A number of years ago, the online comedy magazine “The Onion” posted a story that began thus: Gay-Pride Parade Sets Mainstream Acceptance Of Gays Back 50 Years
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA-The mainstream acceptance of gays and lesbians, a hard-won civil-rights victory gained through decades of struggle against prejudice and discrimination, was set back at least 50…