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Why the Hagel Battle Made More Sense for Obama Than the Rice Battle

William Bradley | Posted 03.11.2013 | World
William Bradley

Why did President Barack Obama choose a big battle with Republicans over Chuck Hagel rather than Susan Rice? Obama himself, of course, has not said. He never said that UN Ambassador Rice was his first choice for secretary of state.

'This Is About Human Beings'

Gary Hart | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

Disaster relief, including for Hurricane Sandy, is government spending. It is no worse, but also no better, than meals on wheels for the elderly, school breakfast for poor children, unemployment compensation and rent subsidies. All are government spending and all are "about human beings."

Late Former Senator's 'Conscience For Our Nation' Celebrated

AP | CHET BROKAW and BRIAN BAKST | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- George McGovern made history with his loss of the 1972 presidential election in a historic landslide, but he was praised Friday f...

Recalling George McGovern's Last Campaign

William Bradley | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

George McGovern lived these core ideals of the American Republic, acting in the tradition of Jefferson and the Enlightenment. And he lived them in dramatic action, in some of the most turbulent times of American history.

Let's Have Town Halls After the Elections

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

The citizens' assembly, being non-governmental and community-based, would have no power to compel their participation. But I think very few would refuse. Who knows, maybe C-SPAN would want to cover it.

Recalling Total Recall: Schwarzenegger's Comeback Proceeds With A Big (Naturally) Book

William Bradley | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Sufficiently contrite or not, Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to be, as Jerry Brown noted on CNN right after the "surprise" announcement of candidacy in 2003, "a very interesting character."

The Five Presidential Debate Lines You'll Hear Again Wednesday

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

They'll carefully review tapes of their own performances, as well as those of their opponents. But these presidential debates don't exist in a vacuum; they're part of a long chain stretching back (at least) to the Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960. And over the past half century, candidates have landed some real zingers.

After the Romneyrama, and Serious Matters

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

For Mitt Romney, the convention provides his latest attempt to re-introduce himself to the American people. But what's that old ad tag line? "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." It's not a Don Draper line but it sounds like it ought to be.

Gore Vidal: Remembering A Brilliant, Controversial Legend of the Sort We Don't Foster Any More

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2012 | Books
William Bradley

The current scene isn't producing writers like Gore Vidal, one of the towering writers and cultural figures of the post-World War II era. So his passing Tuesday in Los Angeles, where he lived most of the past decade, marks a sad cultural milestone.

The Natural

D. R. Tucker | Posted 06.23.2012 | Books
D. R. Tucker

I am so grateful to Carole King for her new memoir, A Natural Woman. There is no way to do the book justice. It is a book that cannot be analyzed, only experienced.

The Real Game Change: Palinism's Rise, Moderate Republicanism's Eclipse

William Bradley | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

The term "game change," like so many sports-oriented terms in politics, is decidedly over-used. But the events depicted in the Game Change film really do constitute just that, though not in the way that my friend Steve Schmidt intended it.

The New Conservatism

Gary Hart | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

The political media have accepted the myth of "equivalence" that says political polarization and governmental dysfunction are the result of both parties going to extremes of right and left. It is a myth.

Newtonian Motion, the Big Nevada Bust, the Road Ahead (and the Rise of Rick?)

William Bradley | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

The bust that was the Nevada Republican presidential caucuses revealed much about brewing Republican swing state problems, and the decided limitations of Romney's candidacy and that of Gingrich.

Newtonian Motion: Will Gingrich Blow It (Again)?

William Bradley | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

This is a big moment for Gingrich, especially with Romney so obviously in flail mode. The right mix of decisions can put him in the driver's seat in the national Republican Party. If that's where he wants to be.

Iowa Then and Now

William Bradley | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

The chaotic jumble of holding the Iowa presidential caucuses on January 3rd is now fully apparent. It didn't used to be this way.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Cast in GOP's Race to Casa Blanca

William Bradley | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

The Republican presidential race was a reality TV show. But now that the primaries and caucuses are coming right up, it's a road picture. Here's how each candidate, a distinct type, is doing right now.

Newtonian Motion: Action Begets Flawed Reaction

William Bradley | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Romney has very little time in which to pull Gingrich down, especially without doing himself serious damage as well. He may have to let Gingrich win Iowa and hope to rebound in New Hampshire.

Newtonian Motion: In Iowa, a Lot Can Happen in Four Weeks

William Bradley | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Newt Gingrich. Iowa caucuses. To say it seemed an unlikely prospect that the candidate whose staff famously quit because of disorganization would have a commanding lead in a state that supposedly requires a premium in organization would be gross understatement.

Darwinian: Obama Goes Post-Iraq in Oz, Republicans Race to the Past

William Bradley | Posted 01.21.2012 | World
William Bradley

t's a matter of competition, a matter of evolution -- as in who gets the future and who does not -- and a matter of the little city of Darwin, Australia. Ironic, in that most of the Republican presidential field rejects Darwin's evolution science.

Steve Jobs: Hardly a Perfect Person, Perhaps a Perfect Icon

William Bradley | Posted 12.26.2011 | Technology
William Bradley

Steve Jobs made it his mission to develop, design, and diffuse the stuff of the future, today. Recovering from early mistakes in as dramatic a fashion as possible, he delivered. It's not perpetual world peace, but it's enough for one person.

Afghan War at 10, 9/11 at 10+: Did Osama bin Laden Win After All?

William Bradley | Posted 12.07.2011 | World
William Bradley

Osama bin Laden may be the man who crashed the world. With a great deal of help from not unpredictable actions on the part of his enemies.

Of "A Theory That's Out There," GOP Straw Polls, Martha's Vineyard Vacations, and Other Follies

William Bradley | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

A schoolboy asked Rick Perry today at one of his appearances in New Hampshire about evolution. Perry told the lad that evolution is "a theory that's out there" about the world, and went on to explain that in Texas, the schools teach creationism, too.

Inconsistent Sex Scandal Outrage Is Nothing New

Malcom Glenn | Posted 08.07.2011 | Denver
Malcom Glenn

It's not unfair to say that Weiner should resign; it's simply unfair to say so because of political motives hidden behind phrases like violations of trust and broken bonds with voters.

Does a Nation Have a Soul?

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

It is difficult to imagine that a mass democracy of 300 million could have a soul, because we don't know exactly what a soul is.

In the Shadow of bin Laden: Republicans and the Presidential Debate

William Bradley | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

If there was a worse week in which to hold the first Republican presidential debate, it's hard to think of when that might be. It's probably poetic ...