At the DNC, Bill Clinton restated his successful ideological hybrid of social progressivism, cultural moderation and fiscal responsibility. Barack Obama affirmed these same center-left themes. Let's compare the two speeches.
Whose side is God on in the presidential election? The Republicans -- both at and subsequent to their convention -- have actively laid claim to God's mantle and given the Almighty credit for most things American.
Sooner or later, voting will be as easy as going online and clicking for your candidate, like everything else. But in the meantime, maybe sheer convenience isn't such a necessary factor in voting.
Presidential campaigns aren't decided on the last day of a race. They're decided in all the days and moments leading up to Election Day. Let's look at five moments already conducted, then the five moments still on the horizon.
D'Amour's intentions might be accepted, and even applauded, if she supported her characters with three-dimensional grounding. But here's where she allows herself to believe that presenting a gloomy prediction of national spoilage is all she needs to do. (Or is she just being lazy?)
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Mitt Romney's tour of awkwardness continues. A video of Romney speaking to a group of donors at a $50,000-a-person fundraiser, where he described 47...
Lincoln is back (Spielberg's Lincoln opens in November), and with him urgent questions: Are we locked in a new form of Civil War in our time? If so, why and what is it about? And where is our own Father Abraham? President Obama, an Illinoisan and Lincoln devotee who launched his own candidacy at the Old State House in Springfield, invoked his hero at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, saying that he, like Lincoln, had learned from his own failings. Of course we are not in a fratricidal war, but much of our politics is eerily reminiscent of Lincoln's time, when the country split in two. Now, as then, the party system is broken and achingly in need of upheaval. As the Civil War approached, the two parties of the era were powerless to resolve the fundamental issue of slavery. Only the rise of a new Republican Party broke the gridlock. We may be reaching a similar point again.
... and I don't mean the sultry, breathy, whiskey-and-cigs, sex-goddess reverberations that generated seismic body heat, romanced the stone and enamor...
Which vision and version of citizenship is correct? The answer should be both. Early in this 21st century, however, where partisanship has been elevated to the new art of war it appears that neither may be.
The Republican Party tried to paper over the nastiness of their primary season with empty and abstract rhetoric about jobs and the economy. The Democrats had to counter a sense of disengagement by the public. It does not appear that either of them succeeded.
Defending free speech is easy when everyone agrees with the speech -- it's defending odious and reprehensible speech that is always the harder path. More on this subject next week.
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After the constant mentions of reproductive rights, DREAMers, and same-sex marriage, one might have thought women, immigration activists, and gays were Democrats' sole constituents. As it turns out, they aren't. They just happen to be extremely important.
President Obama's failure to garner greater support among independents and moderate Republicans is in part due to his campaign's reluctance to paint us a picture of a likely future under Romney/Ryan.
While the conventions and the two men who would be president have been uppermost in our minds for the past two weeks, we should not lose sight of other critical races going on across the country, in particular those in the House of Representatives.