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Like Nixon In 1968, Pence Could Become The Consensus GOP Candidate in 2020

Rich Rubino | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Should Trump lose the upcoming election, Pence would be wise to follow a strategy similar to the one employed by Nixon. Like Nixon, he will not be constrained by a full-time job. He can spend 2018 campaigning for Republican candidates across the nation, collecting IOU's, and keeping his name in the news.

If Trump Should Lose The Election In A Landslide, The GOP Will Likely Survive

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Many political observers believe Trump will lose the presidential election in an electoral landslide and take the Republican Party down with him. However, these pundits and GOP soothsayers underestimate how fast the pendulum swings in American politics.

1964/2016 -- The Bay Area and Cleveland

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

In four weeks, there will be loud sounds erupting in Cleveland, but they are unlikely to be so joyous. They, too, will in a sense be coming from the Bay Area, as an echo from 52 years ago.

The New York Republican Primary: Trump, Cruz, Kasich and Rockefeller

Richard Brodsky | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

It's been decades since a New York Republican primary had an impact on a party nomination, but here we are. Trump has the most at stake. He needs a big win, for political and delegate count reasons. And while the visible dynamic has him in pretty good shape, there are ghosts of years past that may derail him.

Dole Goes After Cruz, but Why?

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

With Friends Like Bob Dole, Jeb Doesn't Need Any... The conservative manifestoes published in the current issue of National Review(as a result, NR no...

Is Ted Cruz the Next Barry Goldwater

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The most memorable political party convention in modern history remains the 1968 Democratic Convention, made famous by images of police brutality on t...

Former GOP Frontrunner Jeb Bush's Battle With "Restless Insurrectionist Syndrome"

Rich Rubino | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Jeb Bush, the early Republican frontrunner, is presently polling in the single digits despite an ambitious advertising blitz. Bush was a weak frontru...

President Donald Trump Holds First News Conference

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 09.30.2016 | Comedy
Arnold Steinberg

My lawyer is Jewish. I like Jews. Many of them, just like the Saudis, buy apartments from me. I can unite Jews and Arabs. I know how to do it! And the biggest Chinese bank is one of my tenants. I love the Chinese. They love me. Mel Gibson has a Trump condo, but many Jews work for me. Ivanka works for me. I love Israel.

DeBlasio's Allies Getting Progressively Ticked Off

Tom Allon | Posted 08.06.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

I am becoming increasingly concerned that New York's Mayor may be losing touch with the normally genial, coalition-building side of his persona. His behavior of late could cost the City in the future.

Restless Insurrectionist Syndrome Strikes in the 2016 Presidential Election

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.05.2016 | Entertainment
Rich Rubino

Few Americans would have predicted that Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, would be leading a formidable insurrectionist challenge to Hillary Clinton, or that real estate magnate Donald Trump would be leading in the polls in the Republican Primary. Why is this happening?

Restless Insurrectionist Syndrome Strikes in the 2016 Presidential Election

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.03.2016 | Entertainment
Rich Rubino

A year ago, few Americans would have predicted that Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, would be leading a formidable insurrectionist challenge to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Presidential Primary, or that real estate magnate Donald Trump would be leading in the polls in the Republican Primary.

Santorum and Pataki Jump In

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As with all the other candidates who have officially thrown their hats in the ring, today we will take a serious look at Santorum and Pataki, and attempt to predict what their chances for victory could be.

Mad Men: One Journey, One Redemption, One Ending

William Bradley | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Don Draper has been shedding quite a few things this season. So it makes sense that he ends the penultimate episode in the epic novel for television that is Mad Men sitting alone on a bus stop in Oklahoma, heading west.

12 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Should Not Have Run

John A. Tures | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

When Mitt Romney made his announcement that he wouldn't make another presidential run (for now), it didn't take long for pundits to add their thoughts. Some pointed out that Reagan won on his third presidential campaign. But the other 12 who tried since 1952 didn't.

Mad About the '60s ... Wild Dr. Strangelove at 50 Reassures That Irrationality Is in the Past (Or Does It?)

William Bradley | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

One of the wildest black comedies ever made, 1964's Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb still stands today for its daring send-up of military and governmental leaders who take American us into nuclear war.

Of Immigration, Brooklyn, A Bridge, 'Royalists' and Rockefeller

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Whitcomb

I wish that President Obama were not using an executive order in seeking to protect millions of illegal aliens from prosecution. The situation doesn't justify acting in legally dubious, delegitimizing ways that will tend to give a green light to more people to come here illegally, with economic and national-security implications.

When Considering a Presidential Bid, When Does 'No' Mean 'Yes'?

Rich Rubino | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Even after a potential candidate says with absolute certainty that he will not run, many do not believe him or her. With the exception of Pete Wilson, one would be hard pressed to find presidential candidates whose past denials actually had deleterious effects on their presidential candidacies.

New York Confronts the Immigration Mess: What Will Progressives Do?

Richard Brodsky | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

For some, it's just a breakdown of law and order. For others, it's a moral challenge beyond ideology. And, quite reasonably, opponents of immigration are waiting to see how Progressive states react to requests to share the burden. Especially New York.

Obama Choosing the Wrong Enemies

Robert Miraldi | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Miraldi

The Obama administration is toying with whether to send New York Times reporter James Risen to jail for refusing to reveal a source involved in a federal leak investigation dating back to 2006.

Michael Rockefeller: Losing My Twin, Finding His Legacy

Mary Rockefeller Morgan | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Mary Rockefeller Morgan

I am a twin, part of a beloved twinship, but part of a primary relationship that abruptly ended in 1961 when I was 23. I lost my twin brother, Michael, when he disappeared off the southern jungle coast of New Guinea while collecting indigenous art for a museum in New York City.

A Portrait of JFK, Rockefeller Reflections

Jerry Kremer | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York
Jerry Kremer

Over my desk hangs an oil portrait of President John F. Kennedy. The painting attracts many comments from visitors to my office who admire its strong resemblance to the late president. Like all good works of art, this one has a story associated with it, and it involves Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

Civil War Dating Back to Joe McCarthy Threatens GOP Hold on Texas

David Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Paul

The image of Joe McCarthy, a Catholic farm boy from the upper mid-west, being humiliated by the Episcopalian, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard lawyer is an enduring one that reflects the historic animosities between Main Street and Wall Street Republicanism.

Mad Men Meets the Assassination of Martin Luther King

William Bradley | Posted 06.29.2013 | TV
William Bradley

The Flood is a good episode of Mad Men, especially in a Season 6 off to an uneven start. It came at a good time, too, reassuring that our characters are not all irretrievably stuck in tedious personal melodramas. That, actually, they can be very appealing people.

New Year's Resolution: Six Reasons to Rout the Republican Redcoats

Jane White | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Jane White

Abraham Lincoln would not be the only one turning over in his grave at the disgraceful state of the Republican party 147 years after he left office -- other dead progressive Republican leaders would, as well.

Jackie Robinson, Not Karl Rove

Michael G. Long | Posted 01.09.2013 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

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.