I’m not convinced that longer incumbency equals greater (what exactly is the problem?) incompetence or poor performance. In fact, I think surveys have shown that the most bipartisan and effective members tend to be the ones who have been there the longest (Alan Simpson and Ted Kennedy come to mind). The most partisan members tend [...]
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March 9th, 2011 · Comments Off
August 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments
There’s lots of craziness and lies being perpetrated by the right wing in this health care debate. But what’s got me amazed, more than anything, is how the mainstream media and Republican legislators (both backed by health care industry sponsorship) have convinced so many people that other countries which have nationalized health care systems (ie, [...]
November 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment
This reminds me so much of 1992. That one, was the first time Democrats had won the White House since I was of voting age. This one is sweeter because the victory is more transparent — no third party candidates (ie, Perot), Obama got a clear majority, not a plurality. And because Obama may have [...]
November 4th, 2008 · Comments Off
I don’t understand why so many places went for touch screens. Paper ballots have proven themselves as reliable mainstays in much of New England. They can be machine counted, hand counted, and recounted as necessary. They are pretty intuitive and easy to use.
September 21st, 2007 · Comments Off
Wow, seven years too late, somebody in the mainstream media has written an article about how the media misreported Al Gore’s presidential candidacy in 2000. If you’re interested, the incomparable Daily Howler has been on this story for years.
October 23rd, 2006 · Comments Off
Saw, heard and photographed the Senator from Illinions during a local appearance a couple weeks ago. He had had a long day, was running late, and was visibly exhasted. But he still gave a good off-the-cuff speech before a supportive local audience. I guess he saw the talk as an opportunity to prepare for his [...]
October 12th, 2006 · 1 Comment
So Mark Warner has chosen not to run for the presidency in 2008. I have to say, I’m disappointed. The last two Democratic Presidents have been Southern governors, and I don’t think that’s a co-incidence. In fact, every President since 1976 has been a governor. I think the governorship is better preparation for the presidency [...]
September 19th, 2005 · Comments Off
John Kerry came out swinging in what he termed a “major speech” at a local University today. Me and my 20D and a borrowed 70-200/2.8 were there.