Ukraine: We’re spending much more than the entire Russian military budget with no oversight, accountability, or end in sight

As President Biden requests another $37 billion, no one seems remotely interested in ensuring these funds are spent wisely, but the dirty little secret of our forever war strategy has always been that the war itself is just a pretext to turn on the government spigot with no accountability or oversight. Earlier this week, the… Continue reading Ukraine: We’re spending much more than the entire Russian military budget with no oversight, accountability, or end in sight

Trump take three and why millions still support him

As the polarizing former President announces his third consecutive bid for the White House, it’s worth considering the difference between political theory and practice.  In theory, we shouldn’t be talking about Trump at all.  In practice, he continues to dominate the political stage like no other. Donald Trump is the political difference between theory and… Continue reading Trump take three and why millions still support him

The national popular vote tells a very different story of the midterms

The Republicans managed to win the national popular vote for the first time since 2014, but a poor performance in competitive states prevented a red wave.  Once, progressives were fond of calling this an “undemocratic” result, but the truth is that our system is exquisitely designed and the GOP needs to look to the states… Continue reading The national popular vote tells a very different story of the midterms

Trump and DeSantis: Rumors of one’s political demise are greatly exaggerated, as are calls for the other’s coronation

Last week’s midterm debacle has renewed calls in certain quarters to dump former President Donald Trump, blaming him entirely for the Republican’s poor performance, and to elevate Governor Ron DeSantis after his domination in Florida.  We should be wary of both.  Many promoting this have vehemently opposed the former President since his candidacy while the… Continue reading Trump and DeSantis: Rumors of one’s political demise are greatly exaggerated, as are calls for the other’s coronation

Republicans need to accept the reality of mail in ballots, Democrats should be careful what they wish for, and other lessons from the midterms

The GOP is behind the times on getting out the vote in the era of mail in ballots and messaging in a world driven by political passion and existential fights, but Democrats should also be wary of ignoring voter concerns.  The red wave did not arrive this cycle, but that only increases the likelihood of… Continue reading Republicans need to accept the reality of mail in ballots, Democrats should be careful what they wish for, and other lessons from the midterms

The bloodbath that wasn’t and the baffling return of regional politics

Votes remain to be counted, but it’s clear the Republicans had a disappointing night, failing to capitalize on voter discontent and underperforming in key states like Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.  At the same time, they were in the baffling positioning of over performing in other key states including Florida and Ohio.  The question is why.… Continue reading The bloodbath that wasn’t and the baffling return of regional politics

Grover Cleveland: Three lessons from a forgotten President accused of raping a woman as recently as 2011

President Grover Cleveland is one of three Presidents to run in three consecutive races, alongside Andrew Jackson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  He is the only one to serve two, non-consecutive terms.  Known for his immovable principles, he rose to power by bucking his party and fell from grace for the same.  Today, he has been… Continue reading Grover Cleveland: Three lessons from a forgotten President accused of raping a woman as recently as 2011

As the midterms are underway, even CNN knows Joe Biden is full of malarkey and always has been

The midterms were always going to be a referendum on President Biden, and no one should be surprised to learn that the country isn’t enthused with a chronically incompetent, serial liar in the White House.  This is who Joe Biden has always been.  It’s the reason no one wanted him in the first place, and… Continue reading As the midterms are underway, even CNN knows Joe Biden is full of malarkey and always has been

Coronavirus: Three conditions for a pandemic “amnesty”

More and more experts are finally acknowledging the lockdown policies were a disaster.  In a stunning turn of events, The Atlantic proclaims the need for a pandemic amnesty to reduce existing tensions, but conservatives are in no mood to forgive and forget without a reckoning of some kind.   Last week, a leading proponent of coronavirus… Continue reading Coronavirus: Three conditions for a pandemic “amnesty”

Biden: Cynical, dumb, hopeless, or all three at the same time?

The President has chosen to mount a self-interested defense of democracy as his closing message for the midterm elections rather than defend his own record.  It’s one of the most cynical strategies in modern memory for furthering dividing Americans in the obvious pursuit of power.  It’s also dumb and hopeless because voters know the deal.… Continue reading Biden: Cynical, dumb, hopeless, or all three at the same time?