Sanders and Trump: How the Political and Media Establishment Got 2016 So Wrong

Perhaps the biggest story coming out of campaign 2016 is not the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, but the fact that the media and political establishment never saw it coming. And the fact that they never saw it coming perfectly explains the rise of Sanders and Trump. Continue reading Sanders and Trump: How the Political and Media Establishment Got 2016 So Wrong


images-9In an odd way,  the Ted Cruz presidential campaign reminds me of the one waged by Dick Gephardt, my former boss.  There are obvious differences in that no one has ever seriously characterized Cruz as either a centrist or a Democrat.  Both had careers of relentless success that create confidence that…

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FDR To Speechwriter On Leadership

pwEditor’s Note The public debate over whether the United States Congress will buck public sentiment and approve a use-of -force resolution in Syria — or whether the potential failure of that resolution would even keep the president from upholding the “values that define us” through military intervention — is expected to continue into next week when the Congress reconvenes from its summer recess.

During the interlude between this week’s special congressional hearings and next week’s impending votes, this FDR quote from 1937 about leaders moving forward without great support seemed timely: Continue reading FDR To Speechwriter On Leadership

Did Romney Channel FDR in Warsaw?

When I read the text of Mitt Romney’s speech in Warsaw on Tuesday, there were two sentences that stirred a vague memory in the back of my speechwriter’s brain. “In the 1980s,” said Mr. Romney, “when other nations doubted that political tyranny could ever be faced down or overcome, the answer was, ‘Look to Poland.’ And today, as some wonder about the way forward out of economic recession and fiscal crisis, the answer once again is ‘Look to Poland.’” Continue reading Did Romney Channel FDR in Warsaw?