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 Fred Thompson, RIP

The 2012 Election – “Omnishambles”

Karl Rove The Oxford Dictionaries have chosen the word “omnishambles” as their word of the year. How apt.

Oxford defines the word as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.”

One only has to look at the Romney-Ryan campaign and the misbegotten efforts of the “super PACS” to see how applicable the word is to American politics.

But the Romney campaign is not the only one to merit application of the word of the year. Continue reading The 2012 Election – “Omnishambles”

Stirring Through the Ashes; Lessons from the 2012 Election

President Obama The candidates in the 2012 election may or may not have addressed big issues, but there is no doubt that the voters did. Continue reading Stirring Through the Ashes; Lessons from the 2012 Election

The Twelve Blind Men and the Elephant

Image by DonkeyHotey (apologies to John Godfrey Saxe)

Twelve Republicans of Washington
To party much inclined,
Tried to cure the elephant
(Though all of them were blind). Continue reading The Twelve Blind Men and the Elephant

The Tipping Point

President Obama Can a presidential election be considered decisive when the popular vote was almost evenly divided, when the turnout was lower than it was four years ago and when the opposition party kept control of the House of Representatives? Unfortunately, I think it can. Continue reading The Tipping Point