Monthly Archives: May 2014

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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Promising the Impossible

It can’t be all that hard to be a rich and successful political consultant. Strip away the details and it all comes down to one thing you have to tell your client over and over again – strong but wrong … Continue reading

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Managing America’s Addiction

Betty Ford started it. Southern California ran with it. This is the land of the celebrity rehab center. They’re everywhere, from the Betty Ford Clinic out in Palm Springs to New Horizons out in Malibu, with hundreds in-between, fed by … Continue reading

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Most Likely to Succeed

Don’t look back. You’ll be reminded of better days, now gone, when you were young and relatively cool, and probably thin. Or you’ll be reminded of something deeply embarrassing, long forgotten, and forgotten for a reason. You might also be … Continue reading

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Celebrating Big Government

Another Memorial Day has come and gone, and that means summer has started, and summer ends on Labor Day, as everyone knows. Oh yeah – the first holiday is also set aside to honor those who have fought and died … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Armchair Psychoanalysis

Santa Barbara is Southern California done right – green hills that drop down to perfect beaches, a picturesque marina with the evocative little sailboats all in a row, fine restaurants, giant white homes with red tile roofs, a perfectly preserved … Continue reading

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The Odd Current Climate

Those of us who came of age in the sixties – the assassination of one Kennedy and the King “I Have a Dream” speech followed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and … Continue reading

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