Category Archives: Political Ambition and Delusion

Just Say Anything

When an old friend, and a former student of all things, talks about running for office, well, it’s hard to know what to say. Public service is wonderful and all that, and helping shape the nation’s future is quite impressive. … Continue reading

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Not Too Swift

It’s hard to explain an affinity for Jonathan Swift – the honors work in college and all the detailed work in graduate school. Swift was an odd duck, and an old duck – early eighteenth century. But there was something … Continue reading

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A Fine Madness

There’s that curious scene in Hamlet when Polonius, who seems to be some sort of advisor to the royal family – James Baker to the first George Bush or Karl Rove to the second – tells the queen that her … Continue reading

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Fighting the Noble Battle against the Inevitable Stupid

Tuesday, April 29, didn’t seem like a good day for throwing anyone under the bus. The bus probably wasn’t moving. The Washington Post explains why:    In every state, the average price of diesel fuel was more than $4 a … Continue reading

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Management Matters

It’s odd to find yourself in management, assigning tasks, keeping an eye on the work of others, work you can probably no longer do, and judging them – scolding the careless, encouraging the hapless (even if that seldom makes them … Continue reading

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Political Ambition and Delusion

“It is my settled opinion, after some years as a political correspondent, that no one is attracted to a political career in the first place unless he is socially or emotionally crippled.” ~ F. F. Bosworth   In Slate, Melinda … Continue reading

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