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Michael Dukakis

Planned Parenthood, Unplanned Hearing

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

The clumsiness has been a hallmark of hearings on Capitol Hill, especially now that the Republicans are in charge. Committee members are more interested in the limelight than in persuading the television audience of any abuses requiring reforms, so that viewers might support a legislative remedy.

60 Years in Journalism: Debates, Then and Now

Irv Chapman | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics
Irv Chapman

Little wonder that candidates increasingly do their best to rehearse and rehearse and stick to prepared talking points. However, there are plenty of other opportunities besides the debates for missteps to go viral on the web.

Sorry, Michael Dukakis Fans, He's Not Running

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Friday, something happened on Twitter. Specifically, an account surfaced encouraging 1988 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis to ...

In Politics, It's All About Timing

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

An effective Presidential candidate must strike at the right time with an image and message that resonates for that election cycle.

Open Season on the Elites: Bernie Sanders Is Leading the Charge

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernard Sanders is drawing overflow crowds. He is garnering support at the grassroots level, and is raising "eye-popping" amounts of cash from small donors. Some of his enthusiastic adherents seem to believe there is no God but Bernie Sanders.

Remembering Herb Goodwin, Judge, Baseball Buddy and Angel, R.I.P.

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Of his father, Hamlet says to Horatio, "'A was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again." Herb Goodwin was not my father, whom I love, but Herb was an angelic father figure to me, and I know I shall not look upon his like again.

Lack of Media Context Skews View of Obama's Gulf Arab Summit

William Bradley | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

You'd think that more than 40 years of fixation on the Middle East, often to the exclusion of more important areas of the world, would at least enable sophisticated media coverage of Middle Eastern politics as it impacts American politics. But no.

Hillary Clinton's Battle With Cultural and Financial Elitism

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In the 2016 Presidential election, Hillary must counteract charges of both cultural and financial "elitism." She must prove to voters that despite her recent fortune, she is still the same woman who grew up in a middle-class household in Park Ridge, Illinois, moving to Arkansas after college.

Birth of an Institution in Boston

Llewellyn King | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Will the Boston Global Forum become, like so many, a smooth propaganda machine? Or will it be a place where the outlandish can live with the orthodox?

The Gay Best Friend Must Die

Tré Easton | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Tré Easton

No dear, I don't know why the guy you're into won't text you back. (I still haven't figured that out for my own purposes.) And, for the love of all that is good and HOLY: I am not -- repeat, NOT -- an honorary girl.

Who Is Citizens United? (WATCH)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

As we mark the 5th anniversary of the disastrous Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. FEC, it is worth heeding: Who is Citizens United, and how did they manage to subvert generations of campaign finance laws?

Rand Paul May Hedge His Electoral Bets in 2016

Rich Rubino | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

American political history is littered with examples of politicians who ran for their current office as well as another office in the same election. Paul is not the first Kentuckian to seek re-election to his current post concomitantly seeking the presidency or vice presidency.

Ferguson, Lakewood and Mike Huckabee

Fred Karger | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Fred Karger

Mike Huckabee's actions when he was governor led to four police officers being executed. Just like Governor Dukakis never did with the Barnes', Governor Huckabee never uttered the slightest apology to the family's of the four slain police officers.

Greek Tragedy and John Wick

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

The accomplishment of the movie is less its athleticism than its inducement of empathy. The audience is more than rooting for the antihero. We take on the same desire to punish.

Gary Hart's Waking Nightmare Marked Media Devolution

William Bradley | Posted 09.24.2014 | Media
William Bradley

The storyline has long been that Hart challenged the press to follow him around and, in the post-Watergate spirit of enterprising investigative journalism, the press did just that, fearlessly uncovering, well, er, what?

Eric Cantor Is Not the First National Political Figure to Lose His Congressional Seat

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

The fact that the formerly obscure Randolph-Macon College Economics Professor defeated U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in his bid for renomination to his congressional seat sent shockwaves through the body politic.

Two Potential 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates Face Re-Election Hurdles

Rich Rubino | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Absent the stratospheric job approval ratings of George W. Bush in 1998 and Hillary Clinton in 2006, Kasich and Walker are more likely to face a similar scenario to Bill Clinton in 1990. They will have to go full-throttle to win re-election and maintain their political viability.

What Mitt the Movie Tells Us About the Republican Party

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The leap between being surprised on Election Night in 2012 and believing climate change is a hoax is not that big. In both cases, eschewing scientific approaches leads to fundamental misunderstandings of reality.

Jon Ward

Why Remaking The Modern Republican Party Is So Damn Hard | Jon Ward | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Al From, the engineer of the Democratic Party's rebirth after Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, at first seems an unlike...

Broken Promises/Broken Presidencies

Ken Blackwell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

When Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the GOP nomination for president in New Orleans in 1988, he memorably said: "Read my lips, no new taxes....

Republicans Finally Ready for Rehab?

Daryl Rowland | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Daryl Rowland

This is the GOP'S Michael Dukakis moment. The GOP can finally check itself into recovery and begin to heal, having clearly hit rock bottom this week.

Screaming at Michael Dukakis

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Joe Hutcheson

In 1974 Michael Dukakis was elected as the governor of Massachusetts. That year, thousands of miles away, on the opposite coast of our great nation, I was born. Little did either of us know that 13 years later we would come face to face.

If Hillary Were a Republican She Would Have a Better Chance at Winning Her Party's Presidential Nomination

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

If Hillary Clinton chooses to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, she will be in the catbird seat, at least on paper.

The Unusual and Peculiar Office of Lieutenant Governor

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Almost no one aspires to become lieutenant governor, outside of the fact that it is a launching pad to higher office. Future President Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge both got their cards punched as lieutenant governor on their journey to the White House.

The Miracle of Political Resurrections

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Easter is upon us, a time when Christians celebrate their belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In the political sphere, there are also resurrections.