Category Archives: Obama as the Grown-Up

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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The Last Grown-Up

It gets tiresome. You know the drill. Republicans are the grown-ups in America – because they know there’s no free lunch. You make it on your own, or you don’t, and of course they hate everything that happened with FDR … Continue reading

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The Rise of Unthinking Adolescent Petulance

Yes, 2009 is ancient history. Avatar was the big movie of the year – Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died, as did John Updike and Andrew Wyeth, and Marilyn Chambers. And on January 20, Barack Obama became president. And everyone knew … Continue reading

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In the Absence of Content

There are political junkies and policy wonks – and then there’s the rest of the country, those who find politics tedious, or absurd, or insignificant. Ask them about Newt Gingrich or Michele Bachmann and you’ll get a blank stare. Even … Continue reading

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Yawn

At least the Republicans are interesting – outrageous, but interesting. After the latest debate – where Newt Gingrich was oddly subdued and methodically torn apart by Mitt Romney’s surprisingly focused ridicule of him – he did fire back: Newt Gingrich … Continue reading

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Faking Sincerity

People say things all the time, but how can you tell if they even believe what they’re saying? Of course out here in Hollywood that’s a meaningless question. The industry, as they call it out here, is built on the … Continue reading

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The Battles Worth Fighting

In classical music they call them the old warhorses – the pieces that please the crowds and bore the musicians to tears – the 1812 Overture, Ravel’s Bolero, Bizet’s Carmen Suite and that sort of thing. And in musical theater … Continue reading

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