Tag Archives: Political Junkies

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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Suddenly Gone

A lot of politics is inside baseball – in a few years no one will know what you’re talking about. Wendell Willkie? Harold Stassen? Thomas Eagleton? Who? And political junkies are like deadly serious baseball fans – they know the … 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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Irresistible Illusion

Political junkies follow the back and forth on the cable news shows, much as sports junkies, in need of a competition-fix, might find themselves watching curling from Canada or a tractor-pull from Iowa, on one of the more obscure subsets … Continue reading

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