With his every hair in place and his virtually homespun quips perfectly timed, Zakaria at Yale on Wednesday offered yet another manifestation of himself as the $75,000-a-speech-giver at investment bank dinners.
This could put the tax issue off the table in the short term and give the voters a stark choice -- continue the Bush tax cuts forever under Romney or revamp them in a sensible, context-conscious manner under Obama.
A president can't be a prophet, of course, but he can tell more of the truth than his advisers and apologists think he can about our entrapment in the slippery web of contracts and lies that is closing in on us.
You really can't get more egg on your face than Barack Obama's neoliberal Beltway apologists have after his big speech in Kansas. That's because a portion of the speech reads as if the president were channeling the pundits' nemesis, Drew Westen.
Championing fatherhood rights for rapists would seem to be a politically suicidal position for any candidate for office in America. But this year's GOP nomination race seems to be testing this, in a big way.
A major psychological source originates in people's responses to the crumbling of an overall way of life that's pretty much predominated throughout the 20th Century. Dealing with these shifts can have frightening impact.
With six weeks to go before the mid-term elections and 110 before the next presidential one, those who don't think we should go back to the '50s -- the 1850s or 1950s -- can get off the couch to do six things.
Obama's speech signaled that he's over his obsession with chasing the nonexistent pipe dream of bipartisanship from Republicans. He defined what his party stands for and why their values are superior to Republicans'.
Obama needs to do precisely what he has not done thus far in debates -- connect with voters in a way that makes them feel like they know and share his values, and confident that he will keep them and their families safe.
Just hours after the Democratic Convention, the Obama campaign had forgotten everything it should have learned from its success of Denver -- and had returned to the same failed strategies that gave us Presidents Dukakis, Gore, and Kerry.