Failing the Bar

“…President Bush has enjoyed working without an audience. He’s leaving a giant and growing mess when he returns the keys to his office, and frankly, if reporters kept pointing that out, we might not have any willing candidates for president.”

Our collective standards for choosing a president haven’t gotten any higher

By Elan Barnehama

I was recently surprised to discover that George W. Bush was still in office. Two years of a relentless rush to press with every nuance of primary coverage (gossip) had produced a news blackout. And then, after it was over, I barely had time to catch my breath before the six-month election campaign coverage began. The primaries were replaced with daily score sheets rating the McCain and Obama campaigns’ performance, read by newscasters who reported on the days tally. So, it was easy to see how I forgot, or just didn’t remember. Besides, the way things have been going lately, it’s not hard to understand why I felt like no one has been in charge. Continue reading “Failing the Bar”

McCain’s Veepstakes Dilemma

On the other hand, winning political campaigns is about differences and “wedge” issues. Race is a difference and a wedge issue. So maybe McCain picks Barbour and lets the media bring up these very minor and forgivable moments. It would be just enough to remind many voters that Obama is black and to rally many white voters who are threatened by that fact to vote for McCain.

GOP nominee must decide which void his running mate should fill

By Chris Ingram

The “veepstakes” talk has begun to heat up in earnest now that both parties’ presumptive nominees for president have been picked. While pundits focus their short attention spans on the current discussion of “Will Obama pick Hillary Clinton?” (the easy/smart/obvious answer is an emphatic “no”), the McCain veep stakes are more intriguing. Continue reading “McCain’s Veepstakes Dilemma”

Reviewing McClellan

In dissecting the views of those who claimed they were “puzzled” and “astonished” at McClellan’s comments, I’d draw you to the puzzling environment that he worked in. Consider even the most sympathetic-to-Bush history that’ll be written about the character assassination of Richard Clarke, treating Valerie Plame’s career at the CIA flippantly as “fair game.”

Former press secretary’s tell-all book could poison relationships with media for administrations to follow

By Dylan Mathieu

Watching the parade of Scott McClellan’s self-assessed “friends” step up to the plate to try and discredit his book-bound assertions of a wayward White House reminds me of what President Truman said about having friends in that neighborhood: “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Continue reading “Reviewing McClellan”

Feeding Mr. Ed

While it may be just a coincidence, it is certainly instructive to read about how they do things in Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois. And it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see this sort of socialism take root nationally should B.O. make it all the way to the White House. Here’s the (stinking) deal…

Illinois’ redistribution of wealth could foreshadow life in an Obama administration

By Chuck Muth

While it may be just a coincidence, it is certainly instructive to read about how they do things in Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois. And it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see this sort of socialism take root nationally should B.O. make it all the way to the White House. Here’s the (stinking) deal… Continue reading “Feeding Mr. Ed”