February 17, 2020
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Bill Clinton’s Missed Opportunity

In August 2011 Bill and Hillary Clinton were with several guests at their home in Chappaqua NY. Bill was trying to persuade Hillary to challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012; Hillary resisted the idea.  One of those present later reported that...

Some Thoughts On “Explaining Stuff”

Some Thoughts On “Explaining Stuff”

President Obama was so delighted with Bill Clinton’s speech at the September Democratic convention that he remarked to the press, “After [Clinton] spoke, somebody sent out a tweet that said “you should appoint him ‘secretary of explaining...

The Problem With Records

I recently re-read Amity Shlaesʼ wonderful tour de force, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. This time I was particularly struck by the similarities between FDRʼs strategy to win a second term and that of President Obama. Both...

The Decline Of Leadership

The Decline Of Leadership

Every day brings new examples of the intellectual deficiencies of people in leadership positions. Consider these examples. The U.S. Senate ignoring its obligation to create an annual budget for over three years (and counting). Congress pressuring...

A Crucial Distinction

A Crucial Distinction

If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. . . somebody along the line gave you some help. So said President Obama in a campaign appearance, and his subsequent remarks made clear he was continuing his theme that successful people...

The Usefulness Of Political Blather

It’s election year and we are once again inundated with political blather. But all is not lost. Even the most tiresome political attacks can invite interesting questions and produce insights. Take, for example, the suggestion in many political ads...

He Called Us Friend

About nine years ago, I had an opportunity to see General Norman Schwartzkof, Stormin Norman!  I attended a luncheon at which he was the guest speaker.  I had never seen the General in person before, and I was impressed.  He is a very good speaker. ...

The Perils Of Cynicism

A friend recently sent me an email explaining some interesting facts about Mitt Romney. I’ve received enough stories of this kind, positive and negative, to know that the responsible thing to do is check them out at Snopes.com, Truthorfiction.com or...