The ‘Power’ of Satire and the Power of Poetry
Jul26

The ‘Power’ of Satire and the Power of Poetry

A little less than two years ago, when we were getting ready to elect a new president, or re-elect Barack Obama, I wrote a little piece at the Huffington Post that created somewhat of a mini uproar. In the article I explained why “I [Was] Voting for Mitt Romney on Nov. 7.” It was satire, of course. There were two clues I thought would signal such. First, November 7 was the day after the 2012 elections. Second, my concluding paragraph...

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It’s Any Somebody’s Horse Race in 2016
May05

It’s Any Somebody’s Horse Race in 2016

Why Jeb Bush Won’t Run 4 The Triple Crown A Clinton Always Beats A Bush The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist The skull and bones have been rolled. The die has been cast – and Jeb Bush is definitely running in 2016 – or is he? And even if he is, as Ronald Reagan once said: “you can run, but you can’t hide” (from your brother and your Dad’s record, that is. So the question two and a half years before the...

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Immigration Reform: Cruz, Boehner Vie for Less
Feb02

Immigration Reform: Cruz, Boehner Vie for Less

After building the most powerful nation on earth by welcoming those around the world who want a better and freer life, a significant number of Americans now want to slam the gates. Sorting out and integrating millions of illegal aliens is no easy matter, too long delayed, but John Boehner and Ted Cruz are taking off the masks that Republicans donned after losing the White House in 2012 largely because of the minority vote. Shackled by...

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State of the Union: Super Bowl on Empty Field
Jan30

State of the Union: Super Bowl on Empty Field

The sharpest commentary was a repeated cutaway to John McCain smirking as the President went through a laundry list of ways to improve the State of the Union, mostly by executive action, inviting the GOP to join the game with him. But with John Boehner visibly reacting only to the reference to himself as the “son of a barkeep” who attained high office, the Republicans refused to suit up. It was like the Super Bowl, with one team...

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Did the real Mitt Romney stand up?
Jan28

Did the real Mitt Romney stand up?

Here is another review of the Netflix documentary Mitt for TMV to enjoy. This will appear sometime this week on my site. … In the heat of the 2012 elections, I had a real deep seeded hatred for Mitt Romney. There were a number of reasons for this: He was going up against a man who I considered a hero, I thought he represented a type of venture capitalism that I loathed (the bloke reminded me of Gordon Gekko) and he seemed like a...

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State of the Union Address – With all the Trimmings
Jan26

State of the Union Address – With all the Trimmings

On Tuesday the White House will be offering a special, enhanced version of President Obama’s State of the Union address featuring graphics and charts that’ll lay out his case for making 2014 a year of action. Watch the video above to see what it would have looked like if other presidents had been able to present an enhanced version of their State of the Union...

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Gates Is No Rumsfeld (Updates)
Jan13

Gates Is No Rumsfeld (Updates)

UPDATE III: The Hill reports that President Obama is downplaying the charges his former Secretary of Defense makes in his memoir. Obama dismissed questions about his commitment to the war in Afghanistan, after Gates wrote in his book that Obama did not believe in his own war strategy. “Just as I have continued to have faith in our mission, most importantly, I’ve had unwavering confidence in our troops and their performance in some of...

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The Blame Obama Era Is Starting to End
Jan06

The Blame Obama Era Is Starting to End

For Republicans with brains, the handwriting is clear. Five years of bashing the President on everything have left the GOP in opinion poll hell, and their frontrunner for the White House in ’16 is Chris Christie, no Tea Party icon. Little surprise, then, that the disloyal opposition is in rebranding mode: Paul Ryan makes a budget deal with Democrats and edges toward other accommodations while John Boehner shows up with a kind word for...

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(Updated) Cool Article on a Cool President
Dec20

(Updated) Cool Article on a Cool President

Update: During a recent interview with comedian Steve Harvey, Harvey suggested that the two should surprise some visitors on a tour through the White House. President Obama immediately said, “Let’s go spread some Christmas cheer” and the two walked up to the tour group and… Well, see for yourself — talk about cool! The special Steve Harvey Show, with the interview and the entire President- meets-visitors episode airs...

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If the Tea Party’s Over, What’s Next?
Dec14

If the Tea Party’s Over, What’s Next?

The House passes a two-year budget deal to release Congress as a hostage from sequester insanity by a vote of 332-94. Half the naysayers are GOP diehards, half liberal Democrats. This sudden lurch toward two-party give-and-take should come as no surprise, according to a new Gallup poll that finds the Tea Party dropping past a tipping point, with a slim majority viewing them unfavorably for the first time. Now the real work in...

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Will Paul Ryan Replace Boehner as Speaker?
Dec13

Will Paul Ryan Replace Boehner as Speaker?

The Deal is even bigger than it appears on the surface. As the first break in two years of wall-to-wall Tea Party obstruction in the House of Representatives, it forebodes a new alignment there. Paul Ryan, who ran for VP last year as a policy wonk and ended up exposed as an habitual liar, is now in line to pull the House GOP together as the next Speaker. Lying can be a disability one heartbeat from the Oval Office, but it’s part of...

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Can Obama Unplug the Ears of a Deaf Nation?
Dec06

Can Obama Unplug the Ears of a Deaf Nation?

Barack Obama’s “best speech” on the economy goes unheard, like the tree in the GEICO commercial. The ambient health-reform noise leaves him looking like the nation has pressed a mute button. More response comes from implacable haters than admirers. “For all of their mutual public admiration, Presidents Clinton and Obama react differently to political trouble,” huffs the Wall Street Journal. “Bill moved to the middle, while Barack...

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Democrats and GOP Obamacare Suicide Pact
Dec04

Democrats and GOP Obamacare Suicide Pact

If and when the ACA finally works, what will be left of Barack Obama’s power to make things happen? If and when a Republican finally retakes the White House, what will remain of the GOP’s ability to govern? Both parties should step back and consider what happened to the Greek King Pyrrhus who defeated the Romans but lost so much in doing so that his name is enshrined in history as a symbol for losing by winning. Pyrrhic victories loom...

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The Certainty of Tea Party Train Wrecks to Come
Dec03

The Certainty of Tea Party Train Wrecks to Come

A commuter train derails in the Bronx, killing four and injuring scores, while Congress squabbles over health care reform. No connection? Only for those who were politically asleep for the past three years while the GOP in Washington brutally stripped budgets that might have allowed states and municipalities to perform minimum maintenance on a crumbling American infrastructure. No matter what turns out to be the proximate cause of the...

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Quotes of the Weekend
Nov25

Quotes of the Weekend

It was predictable that, on such a grave and contentious issue as the preliminary agreement that was reached over the weekend on Iran’s nuclear program, there would be equally argumentative and mixed pronouncements on both sides of the issue. As is evident from Joe Gandelman’s excellent roundup of such reactions, they were all over the place and, generally, along Party lines. But also, generally, the reactions were and continue to be...

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Some Reflections on Today’s Dire Predictions Following the Execution of the ‘Nuclear Option’
Nov21

Some Reflections on Today’s Dire Predictions Following the Execution of the ‘Nuclear Option’

I ask our readers’ indulgence for two reasons. First, for musing (some may wish to call it “crowing” or “making light of” — it’s their call) over some of the faux outrage that is being expressed today around the beltway after Democrats got some spine and put a stop to the blatant abuse of the filibuster by Republicans in the Senate. As Eugene Robinson so eloquently put it in the Washington Post, “Way to nuke ‘em,...

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The Roiling Polling Pollsters
Nov20

The Roiling Polling Pollsters

Squinting into the sun, in Richmond, 36 hours ago I have been in Williamsburg, Virginia for a conference and a research trip outside of the conference, and, seemingly, have missed nothing. Poll: Obamacare support, Obama approval sink to new lows CBS News President Obama’s job approval rating has plunged to the lowest of his presidency, according to a new CBS News poll released Wednesday, and Americans’ approval of the...

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Saving Obama From His Sinking Ship
Nov19

Saving Obama From His Sinking Ship

For nights after the Kennedy assassination, I had fever dreams of rescuing him. So did other Americans, as psychiatrists reported. Now 50 years later, it is Barack Obama who needs to be saved—-from his own stubborn determination to pass health care reform four years ago. When the Congressional butchering began in 2009, the President stubbornly persisted and walked into a bear trap. Now conservative columnist Ross Douthat argues that...

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The Supreme Court Episode 3: Fernandez v. California
Nov18

The Supreme Court Episode 3: Fernandez v. California

This is the 3rd post in my series on cases pending before the US Supreme Court during the 2012-2013 session. If you haven’t checked out the ones from past weeks please take the time to do so. I also of course welcome feedback on these posts and the things I can do to improve them or make them more useful to the reader. Last week we were looking at the 1st amendment but this week we move to the 4th. The case at hand is Fernandez...

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Have Democrats Blown It for 2014?
Nov17

Have Democrats Blown It for 2014?

Until the Obamacare nightmare, the Tea Party was headed toward oblivion at the ballot box next year. Now? As the House passes veto-certain “Keep Your Health Care Plan Act of 2013,” 39 Democrats join the GOP to send a message that reflects their fear for 2014. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says, “This isn’t about elections. This is about making sure people have affordable health care.” In today’s...

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