Karl Rove is now a laughingstock. But he remains a power-broker in Republican politics based on work that others began more than 30 years earlier, in the 70s, to create his party's conservative voting base.
Welcome to term two, Mr. President, where you will be expected to be more of a magician than a mechanic. What rabbits can you pull out of your hat?
Good job injecting $300 million into the immediate economy. Don't worry about having nothing to show for it, American's are used to seeing billions of their tax dollars spent on things that are a complete waste of our money.
To be Christian does not necessarily mean that you've received the sacraments of the Church and so have performed the proper rituals to qualify as a Christian. Do not mistake the performance of rituals with practice of faith.
The word zeitgeist frequently gets bandied about in Christopher Chen's new play, The Hundred Flowers Project, which received its world premiere a week before Election Day from the folks at Crowded Fire Theater Company.
The outcome of the 2012 presidential was not a fait accompli, as many are now arguing -- not by a long shot. This election could have gone either way. Anyone who thinks the Obama victory was inevitable or predetermined is in a worse state of denial than the hucksters at Fox News.
President Obama's resounding victory has exposed a core problem within the Republican Party: It is filled with anger and hatred brought on by an identity crisis.
You ready, Republican Party? Are you sitting down? Here's what you have to do to avoid going the way of the Whigs. It's pretty easy -- it would fit on a Twitter message: "Begin championing Puerto Rican statehood."
When we voted for President Obama, what were we motivated by? For each of us it was different, but collectively we knew what we didn't want: a government that would repeal health care reform, end Medicare, cut food stamps, or give a 20 percent tax cut to millionaires.
When Karl Rove dissembled on national TV election night, America got a rare glimpse at the psychological frailty that has long maintained the dark prince of right-wing politics.
For a long time, the Republican National Committee touted Jackie Robinson as an all-star Republican on its website. But Republican leadership should have accepted pointed advice he offered back in the 1960s: Don't become a white man's party.
The polls are closed, the votes are cast, the people had their say / And now it's time to look ahead, put differences away / Extend a hand in friendship as we turn to a new day.
Democracy served us well last night. But we put it to a fairly extreme test. Now it's our job to reform the system so the voters don't need to be quite as heroic next time. And it would be nice of the airwaves were selling us new American cars rather than retreaded political lies.
The trick is to develop enough confidence in the models that we are not tempted to manually override them when they contradict our own preciously-held view of the world. This is unfortunately also difficult in practice.