Fred Thompson, RIP

Fred_ThompsonFormer Senator Fred Thompson, who died Sunday at the age of 73, was one of the most colorful public figures of recent times. A politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host, he was known to millions by his craggy visage and deep, gravely voice. Every time I saw him, I was reminded of what people once said of another prominent senator from our history, Daniel Webster: “He was a living lie, because no man could be as great as he looked.” Continue reading

It’s in the Constitution somewhere!

Constitution DayKasich is referring, of course, to those golden days before the onset of the federal government’s massive intrusion into our lives. He repeats the Republican mantra about the almost unspeakable evil practiced by the Obama Administration, which regularly stomps all over the doctrine of the supremacy of state governments and free market capitalism so deeply etched into the Constitution of the United States. Kasich laments that bygone era of unregulated commerce and the individual freedom and prosperity that went with it. Continue reading

Likability Shouldn’t Matter When Electing a President

bushOlympicIt’s now routine for the scribbling pens and chattering class to pose the beer question or a variation thereof, and, based on a candidate’s perceived likability and relatability, they create a self-fulfilling narrative of electability.

If a candidate is warm and likable, these pundits say, Americans will be more inclined to vote for him or her. But woe to any politician who seems unable to kiss babies with ease, feel someone’s pain, look relaxed on television, or down a beer comfortably. Continue reading

Ben Carson, the Nutty Neurosurgeon

Ben CarsonWhat does it say about higher education that you can graduate from Yale and still believe that the devil made Darwin do it?  What does it say about medicine, that you can both be a gifted neurosurgeon and also declare, “I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away”? Continue reading

GOP Presidential Math: 1X1= -15

What Trump and Bush have done is narrow the major focus of the race to two candidates and leave the other fifteen candidates and would-be candidates out in the cold, desperately jumping up and down trying to get anyone to pay attention. Continue reading