Category Archives: Obama Traps his Opponents

The Curious Case of the Missing Crises

Crises are useful – they can rouse a sleepy and casual and self-absorbed public to action, even to war, but they can also be used to make good money. The news media figured that out. In the early sixties, the … Continue reading

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The Samurai in the White House

Jujitsu – that’s what it is – manipulating your opponent’s force against him rather than confronting it with force. It’s a samurai thing from feudal Japan, a way to defeat an armed opponent when you have no weapon at all … Continue reading

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Always About Something Else

Some things go without saying but perhaps need to be said anyway. Never date a psychotherapist. Sure, she was a tall and elegant redhead, and nicely British, but somehow everything was always about something else. No one wants to be … Continue reading

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Real Change without Intervention

Out here in Los Angeles sports fans miss Phil Jackson – the Zen Master who was also into all sorts of Native American stuff, like burning sage in the locker room at the start of each Lakers season, to drive … Continue reading

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The Rise of Unthinking Adolescent Petulance

Yes, 2009 is ancient history. Avatar was the big movie of the year – Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died, as did John Updike and Andrew Wyeth, and Marilyn Chambers. And on January 20, Barack Obama became president. And everyone knew … Continue reading

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Simply Changing the Game

So, President Obama, backed into a corner by a sluggish economy and what many saw as a gaffe – saying that the private sector, compared to the public sector, was doing just fine – found himself delivering a major speech … Continue reading

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Zen and the Art of Politics

If you listen to Sean Hannity every night on Fox News – not recommended actually – you will learn that President Obama is the most hated American president ever – and he’s so hated no one will vote for him, … Continue reading

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