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.
The slide below from Washington lobbyists Mehlman Castagnetti illustrates how easy it is to misread public sentiment and incorrectly conclude that rigid partisanship is what Americans voters will reward at the polls. To lay the groundwork, first let’s ask ourselves two quick questions. What do we think? 1) Do more Americans want their politicians to […]Read more
Hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio, despairing recently over such acute concerns as wealth inequality and climate change, bemoaned at Summit LA18, “I’m concerned because we’re not working together around our common principles. How do you bring together all of these disparate ways of operating, and operate for the benefit of the whole? I think that […]Read more
There were several thoughtful perspectives offered in reaction to my recent observation on how the coming, split congress offers renewed incentive for bipartisanship. Carr predicts we’re in for two more years of gridlock. “Pretend for a second that Nancy Pelosi and the Dems in the House even want to make deals. Who are they dealing […]Read more
[Editors note: Receive blog posts by email: on mobile, scroll all the way down. On desktop, look right. ===>] For a moment imagine that we actually got things done. The middle class had increasing economic opportunity. The world did not cook off. We had really good healthcare! That the recent election resulted in not just […]Read more
[Editors note: Receive blog posts by email: on mobile, scroll all the way down. On desktop, look right. ===>] No need to be alarmist; I don’t believe we are headed for civil war. But I do believe things are currently on their way to getting worse before they get better. And they are already violent. […]Read more
[Editors note: Receive blog posts by email: on mobile, scroll all the way down. On desktop, look right. ===>] Old Ebbitt Grill. Back in “the day,” the place was a symbol. On TV and in the newspapers you would see these political firebrands, senators, congressmen, resonating with the regional passions of their constituents, telling you […]Read more
[Editors note: Receive blog posts by email: on mobile, scroll all the way down. On desktop, look right. ===>] (Synopsis: In a democratic union, one has only two choices in working with opposition: find a way to work together toward a common good, or defeat them. The latter is not behavior conducive to either party […]Read more
Admission: I’m not a huge fan of Chris Cillizza because to me, his role at CNN appears to be mostly click-bait; reacting as quickly and often as possible, in a sensationalist way, to current news. I don’t blame him for it, business is business and CNN needs to feed its kids. I can also admire […]Read more