Obama v Putin – a New Realism?

Barack_Obama_addresses_the_United_Nations_General_AssemblyThe prospect of Russia fighter jets and special forces setting about ISIL with gusto and no mercy whatsoever warms the cockles of Western leaders’ hearts. And maybe some grimy deal that keeps Assad afloat for the time being is better than Syria collapsing completely and all those refugees banging on the door. Plus shared progress here might lead to shared progress over Ukraine. Continue reading Obama v Putin – a New Realism?

The State of the Union is still very much alive

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 8.28.31 PM“Rumors of my death have been highly exaggerated,” Mark Twain is supposed to have said after one news story reporting it.

Actually, he didn’t. He wrote a brief, dull note telling someone they had confused him with a cousin. Someone else made it better.
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My Three Cents Worth—or Everyone Else has Analyzed the Election—why not me?

3016985275_3d8bb990ff_bI blame the Democrats’ debacle on many things, among them their smug confidence in the “ground game”.  In fact, the Republicans turned out more voters in significant states than the Dems, largely because they had more motivation and more passion. Continue reading My Three Cents Worth—or Everyone Else has Analyzed the Election—why not me?