Unfortunately, the American people seem to be stubbornly split into two camps about what we want America to mean and how we want America to work in a changing world.
For the last eight years the Connect U.S. Fund has brought together a community of advocacy and grassroots groups, philanthropic foundations, and think tanks to push for farsighted American leadership in efforts to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.
The problem the Republican Party has with women is deep and costly. Their attacks on women's rights all add up to a widely perceived Republican War on Women that significantly influenced the outcome of the election by creating impactful gender gaps in many key races.
This column is about four senators who will have extraordinary roles to play in the coming hours and years, and what they tell us about the state of the union as 2012 comes to a close.
Presidents cannot win without policies to include and empower all Americans, not just the slices of communities needed for electoral success. President Obama and Democrats won a mandate to move us forward with jobs, healthcare reform, equality, and nation building here at home.
Although many voters have traditionally seen the Republican Party as "pro-business" and the Democratic Party as "pro-consumer," the reality on the ground isn't quite so clear.
Political junkies among us can allow ourselves a brief moment to gloat at the court jesters whose contempt for our collective intelligence as the presidential campaign came to an end last night and who broke new ground in the realm of Chutzpah even as the votes were being counted.
As David Eisenhower taught me in his class on presidential communication at the University of Pennsylvania, strong speeches often have "echoes" of other speeches within them. Last night's victory speech is a perfect example of a speech containing "echoes."
The honest reconciliation between executioner and victim can only be found in a "face to face" meeting. If a victim's mother, sister, wife, son forgive a crime -- then that's it.
OK, I admit it. I'm a partisan. One hundred percent Democrat, through and through. I've only voted for one Republican my whole life -- Rudy Giuliani for mayor of New York, the second time around. And boy did I live to regret it! I'm not making that mistake again. I bleed blue and I love donkeys.
You can both like long walks on the beach, foreign films, Seinfeld reruns, and vacationing in Napa, but if your core beliefs are on opposite sides of the aisle, it's highly doubtful you will ever walk down the aisle.
Every four years about this time in the presidential election cycle, I yearn to live in a battleground state, a place where I would be spoiled with superpowers.
The next four years provide dramatic opportunities for trade liberalization across the Pacific and the Atlantic. Barack Obama will use those opportunities to build a durable bipartisan consensus on trade. Mitt Romney won't.
Bubba and Obama will never be part of the same old boys club despite all the statements about their "easy rapport" and "strong" relationship from the White House spokespersons. They are far too different as men and in the baggage of history they each carry.
Red states, blue states, purple states -- Mother Nature doesn't care. She rippled through all of them with super-storm Sandy, exposing the true colors of all in her path.
It may be that the superstorm is the finishing factor in this race. Finishing as in putting finishing touches on Obama's re-election, along with his powerful ground operation.