Tag Archives: Benghazi

The Lost Art of Loyal Opposition

Americans grunt and snarl, but the Brits have a way with words. That’s not just Shakespeare and Dickens. In the early nineteen century, the grumpy party out of power at the time decided they were tired of being called losers … Continue reading

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Finding the Killer Issue

“It’s the economy, stupid!” Those words are legendary in American politics. They cost George H. W. Bush that second term in the White House that should have been his, after his wholly justified and highly successful short war to toss … Continue reading

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About Nothing

The most popular sitcom since Lucille Ball was doing whatever that was that she was doing back in the fifties turned out to be Seinfeld – which ran for nine seasons, finally wrapping in May, 1998, after 180 episodes, and it … Continue reading

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Selling the Sizzle

Every cliché has a story behind it, because irritating clichés are no more than things everyone knows said cleverly, or said in a way that once must have seemed clever. Still, they do persist. For some, the obvious is comforting, … Continue reading

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The Evidence Piles Up

Some wag once said that the plural of anecdote is not data. That three teenage girls in Akron decided to shave their heads and wear giant black plastic bags to school every day means nothing much – it’s not a … Continue reading

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And Despair

It’s no wonder kids find high school English tedious. They have to read tedious poetry, and then have something to say about it if they haven’t yet mastered the art of fading into the woodwork for forty minutes each day. … Continue reading

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The Benghazi Calculation

All political thinking is conditional thinking, of the if-then sort – if this, then that. If an incumbent president inherits an economic mess, and can’t fix it in four years, then he won’t be reelected. The other guy will win, … Continue reading

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