Hope and Optimism Triumph Over Fear and Division

November 7, 2012

  On Tuesday, over 50 million voters expressed a strong preference to continue the journey launched by President Obama in 2008.  The President’s strong message of hope and change, and a desire to complete the job, eclipsed a competing message of fear, division, obstruction, and partisanship. In more than a dozen states, voters endured voter […]

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The GOP and The Aging Of Their Ideas

October 11, 2012

  I recently learned that the Republican Party today, primarily suburban and rural, is enjoying declining favorability ratings in nationwide polls. The same polls show that their ideas and policy prescriptions, on Medicare and Social Security, for example, lacked currency with the majority of those polled. Polls, however, are a snapshot of a moment in […]

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What This Election Is About Depends On Who You Talk To…

October 3, 2012

In an article posted recently, Robert Reich, former cabinet secretary during the Clinton administration, said this election is more about the details of the September 2012 Jobs Report to be released this Friday and less about the debates.   Meanwhile, pundits and other media commentators are asserting that presidential elections often turn on pocket-book issues, how […]

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The Romney Brand: A Position A Day Keeps His Base In Play…Or Does It?

September 24, 2012

  Was an inconsistent message the center piece of Mitt Romney’s strategy to capture the GOP nomination in 2012 and then move on to the White House?  If so, he failed to explain to swing voters, undecideds, and those willing to vote against the President, how that makes him the better choice to repair the […]

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Obama Redux – A New Profile in Courage?

September 8, 2012

  In an immediate post-convention period, wavering progressives and independents, and some liberals, now feel more confident in supporting Barack Obama for a second term. This is despite a faltering economy. Obama now has to maintain their support. Romney, on the other hand, tenaciously clings to a strategy of ambiguity on every important issue: trust […]

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The Reality That Could Be Romney-Ryan

September 4, 2012

A Romney-Ryan presidency would likely rule over us but not be of us.  Revisit some of the policy prescriptions Romney took during the Republican presidential primaries – and that he and Paul Ryan continue to take.  Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman notes their policy proposals are neither honest nor responsible.   Romney and Ryan, however, remain […]

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Republicans Say Medicare Threatens National Solvency: A View From the Perplexed

August 24, 2012

  David Brooks’ “Guide for the Perplexed” left some moderate voters more perplexed.  What is perplexing is his belief that Medicare is THE entitlement problem of our times and thus constitutes the biggest threat to national dynamism and contributes to our national decline. Brooks’s argument against Medicare is well timed to resonate with the current […]

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Why I Will Vote On November 6.

August 15, 2012

 I will vote on November 6, 2012 because the democracy I was proud to represent throughout a lengthy career is in peril.   The most effective way to sustain and nourish American democracy is to register, obtain the proper identification, and vote!  It really is that simple.  If you’re among the undecideds, that is a luxury […]

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A Ballot Box Lockout – The Life And Death of American Democracy in The 21st Century

August 10, 2012

    In the classic World War II film “Patton”, there is a brief scene in which Patton expresses horror at the image of an enemy bullet coming directly at the bridge of his nose. That image was powerful yet threatening to one of America’s warrior heroes. Patton and others of that “greatest generation” defeated […]

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Election 2012 – November 7, The Morning After

July 18, 2012

November 7, 2012 will be a banner day for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney – barring a tie in the electoral vote that, according to some campaign observers, is a distinct possibility. The salient question for each of us that morning becomes, “What now?”  It is a safe proposition that following this presidential election, we, […]

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