Category Archives: Hardball Politics

The Issue of Age and the Race Card

Thursday, May 8, what had to come up finally came up. Three were left running for president, with the respective ages on that day of 46 years, 9 months, 4 days (Barack Obama), 60 years, 6 months, 13 days (Hillary … Continue reading

Posted in Age as an Issue, Hardball Politics, Hillary Clinton, McCain, Obama, Populist Politics, Race and Politics, The Race Card | 2 Comments

Those Dread Tales

You’d think someone who has won the Nobel Prize would know a thing or two. Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005 – the Swedish Academy said Pinter was “generally regarded as the foremost representative of British … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Hardball Politics, Harold Pinter, Hillary Clinton, McCain, Obama, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Political Bullying

Politics is about compromise, listening and working out what’s best, while making sure everyone saves face and at least something gets done for the good of everybody.   No, that’s diplomacy. Politics is about competition and power, belittling those who … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Competition and Cooperation, Hardball Politics, Hillary Clinton, McCain, Obama, The Uses of History, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

No Party Is Any Fun Unless Seasoned With Folly

When Erasmus commented that no party is any fun unless it is seasoned with folly, you do have to assume he was not speaking of political parties. He died in July of 1536 – they didn’t have such things back … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Bill Clinton, Hardball Politics, Hillary and Bill, Hillary Clinton, Nasty Politics, Obama, Power Struggles, The Uses of History | Leave a comment

Unfit for the Impossible Job

The war in Iraq enters its sixth year and people do wonder just what we’re doing there and why we’re doing what we’re doing, whatever it is. By way of an answer, the man behind the war – from its … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Certainty, Cheney, Complexity, Foreign Policy, Hardball Politics, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, McCain, Nasty Politics, Political Posturing, Race and America, Race and Politics, Reality and all that..., The Sixth Year of the War, The War | Leave a comment

On Character

Things change. More information becomes available. People offer new and interesting perspectives. So you adjust, and acknowledge it all. Doing so keeps you honest – or close enough, which is probably all one can hope for these days. The column … Continue reading

Posted in Character, Fallon, Feminism, Ferraro, Foreign Policy, Hardball Politics, Hillary Clinton, Iran, Military Matters, Nasty Politics, Obama, Presidential Hopefuls, Race and Politics, The Power of Narrative | 1 Comment

On Relevant Experience and the Relevance of Experience

It has to come down to this. After Hillary Clinton won three out of four primaries on March 4, after losing eleven in a row, and then with everyone noting that she may have gained all of eight or ten … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Complexity, Hardball Politics, Hillary Clinton, Nasty Politics, Obama, Presidential Hopefuls, The Power of Narrative, The Primaries | 4 Comments