Tag Archives: Policy Wonks

Something in the Air

Here’s something you can look back on with a bemused smile – what was being said the day before the presidential election, when there was no more to say. In a long item at the solidly conservative National Review Online, … Continue reading

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What a Little Moonlight Will Do

Yes, the Republicans have far too many debates, and they really shouldn’t hold them on the night of the full moon. On the last full moon it was that debate at Dartmouth, and that didn’t go well – at that … Continue reading

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A Wonk in Hollywood

Okay, moving to Hollywood seventeen years ago might have been a mistake. No, it’s not the tourists everywhere, or the weekly World Premiere of a Major Motion Picture up the street at the Chinese Theater – the red carpet and … Continue reading

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When Winning Isn’t the Achievement

Sometimes it’s helpful to make distinctions when everyone has the habit of lumping two quite different things together. The midterm elections are over and Democrats have lost the House – they got wiped out – and healthcare reform is getting … Continue reading

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Guessing What Wins

Political junkies like to think about who will win the next election and why – who made the big gaffe, who looked good in the debates, who had the most to spend, and who masterfully managed the key structural elements … Continue reading

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Considering the Allure of Ephemera

A late evening here in Hollywood and quiet – all day long those low dark clouds have rolled in off the Pacific and seem to have pushed some sort of universal mute button. No hint of techno throbbing or crowd … Continue reading

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There’s a Word for It

There’s Christmas shopping for the big items – something someone really wants, or if you can’t afford that, or just can’t find that one special thing in time, something they’ll really appreciate, or that they’ll eventually appreciate once they get … Continue reading

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