Most of us would agree humans have a natural predisposition “to stay close to our crowd.” We tend to want to generally align with what our peers are doing and thinking. If all our friends are moving in this direction, we are pretty likely to lean toward doing so ourselves. I mean, that’s where they’ll […]Read more
There is an interesting lesson for all of us in “Gulf Coast States Politics” that illustrates both a key way our current polarization developed and the adverse consequences when it happens. Most of us know that for over 100 years the Democrats controlled the South, but now they don’t. Wikipedia: “For nearly a century after […]Read more
Quick quiz: Who said this? “We don’t need to work with the other party. We control the Congress, White House and the Senate. We can do whatever we want.” Was it:A) Democrats in 2020B) Republicans in 2016C) Democrats in 2008D) Republicans in 2000E) … You see the point. Alright, then let’s instead turn to how […]Read more
Click the image to see the full cartoon on Politico.com. See more visual commentary from Matt Wuerker at Politico.com.Read more
A most fundamental lesson for Americans from the events in Washington, DC this January is that we should not delude ourselves into believing that systems such as our own simply operate on auto-pilot and function to protect society and its structure, irrespective of how members of that society behave. Our democracy was never going to […]Read more
I got pissed-off yesterday listening to a governor trying to re-cast his costly decisions during the first month of the COVID crisis as heroic leadership. But I caught myself. Because getting pissed-off doesn’t solve anything. Arguably, it’s just a way to viscerally salve angst without actually doing anything. You get angry. The hormones flood. You […]Read more
I am calling it in from Iowa. After last night’s monumental tech glitch I thought I would report in from my caucus in Polk County, Iowa. My very first Iowa caucus, and I was excited to be there. “Warren will have the most support if Yang stays in the race. If he drops out, his […]Read more
There is an extremely important lesson in Secretary Clinton’s recent attack on Senator Sanders that, if learned, will massively help the party’s chances in 2020.Read more
There are two spectra along which to evaluate candidates:
(a) Political: are they left, right or center, and by how much?
(b) Effectiveness: Are they rigidly uncompromising or willing to work with others to get things done?
Often people confuse these as the same thing; all compromisers are centrists, all extremists are rigid, etc. That is a false assumption.