Category Archives: Obama the Pragmatist

The Work in the Background

One of the advantages of being old – and not dead quite yet – is that you can talk about the good old days, when they were really good, if anyone will listen. Talk of the sixties can be tiresome, … Continue reading

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Echoes of Oslo

The fjords are rather fine, but Oslo isn’t Paris. Norway isn’t what they call a destination, probably because the weather is dismal, when the place isn’t locked in with ice and snow the other nine months of the year, and … Continue reading

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The Unavailable Boldness Option

Any ten-year-old will tell you they wish they were a grown-up. They could say what they want and do what they want, without picky parents and impossible teachers telling them they can’t say this and can’t do that. Adults don’t … Continue reading

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Adaptive Politics

Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. Don’t worry, it’s a metaphor. It’s just a way of saying the other guys might not be playing by the rules as you understand them, so you’d better adapt to the actual situation. … Continue reading

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The Truth Is What Works

It’s a quiet Sunday evening here in Hollywood – no police helicopters overhead at the moment and no rioting down the block on the Sunset Strip. The massive skateboard riot at Sunset and Vine was Saturday night – things have … Continue reading

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The Obama Uncertainty

They all laughed at Clint Eastwood when he winged it at the Republican convention in Tampa and improvised that conversation with an empty chair, representing a wholly imaginary Barack Obama. That could have been brilliant but it was just strange. … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Cool

For those of us who grew up in the Ozzie and Harriet fifties and came of age in the long-hair stop-the-war counterculture late sixties, there was always the matter of cool. James Dean was cool, and then Peter Gunn was … Continue reading

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