Category Archives: Press Notes

Clearing Up Basic Misunderstandings

When John Kerry lost to George Bush in 2004 there was a great deal of talk about how Kerry managed to lose, centering on the quite questionable vote in Ohio, but then becoming more generalized – talk of Kerry’s aloofness, … Continue reading

Posted in McCain's Lost Honor, Operation Leper, Palin Challenges McCain, Palin Unqualified, Palin versus McCain, Palin's Ambition, Palin's Party Now, Palin's Power Play, Press Notes, Press Objectivity, Responsible Journalism, The Role of the Press | 2 Comments

McCain’s Press Pass Now Crucial

A quiet Sunday evening here in Hollywood – long shadows in the Hollywood Hills outside the window, a light breeze off the distant Pacific, the just-past-full moon about to edge up into the darkening sky, and only one police helicopter … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Matthews, Foreign Policy, Iraq, Journalism, Maliki Shoots Down McCain, McCain, McCain and the Press, McCain's Free Pass, Nouri al-Maliki, Obama, Press Notes, Timelines for Withdrawal, Withdrawal From Iraq | Leave a comment

Things Will Change, or Must Change

Sometimes you get one of those odd news days – what they call a slow news day – when the news is the residue of the previous day’s blockbuster story, and you can see the next big story barreling down … Continue reading

Posted in Diplomacy, Dunkin' Donuts Controversy, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, Keith Olbermann, McCain, Michelle Malkin, Obama, Perspective, Press Notes, Torture | 1 Comment

Short Attention Span Nation

If you glance over at the right-hand column, the boilerplate stuff, you’ll see why this is a low-traffic site, a hundred or so hits a day. Oh, now and then CNN or Crooks and Liars or Andrew Sullivan links to … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Clinton, Chris Matthews, Complexity, Elitism, Hillary and Bill, Hillary Clinton, Jeremiah Wright, McCain, Obama, Political Posturing, Populist Politics, Press Notes | 1 Comment

Judging Matters Dispassionately

They say love is blind. They say that for a reason. No one figured out why sensible Cynthia married feckless Reginald, or why the fetching Norma Sue married that no-account loser, Billy Bob – or mix and match as you … Continue reading

Posted in Fox News, Hillary Clinton, Jeremiah Wright, Judgement, McCain, Obama, Political Pandering, Press Notes | Leave a comment

Bright Shiny Objects

As performed by National Lampoon on “National Lampoon Radio Dinner” (1972, Blue Thumb Records), from Deteriorata – “Remember my son, a walk through the ocean of most people’s souls would not even wet your ankles.”   If you want to … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Clinton, Class Warfare, Elitism, Hillary Clinton, Manliness, Maureen Dowd, McCain, Obama, Populist Politics, Press Notes, The Power of Narrative, Values Voters | Leave a comment

Putting It to Rest

As mentioned before, back in the sixties there was that anti-Nixon poster – Would You Buy a Used Car from This Man? At the time, and probably still, the least respected folks in America were that damned used car salesman … Continue reading

Posted in Obama, Political Posturing, Press Notes | 1 Comment