Category Archives: Politics as Marketing

Adjusting Our Cultural Icons

Okay – it’s over. That would be the single most unifying event in American life, the Super Bowl. And the game is over now too – the underdog Giants beat the always-on-top and now quite tiresome Patriots. And even those … Continue reading

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On Ignoring Ominous Background Noise

Do you remember Gary Hart and Monkey Business? No? Well that’s okay – what seems important one day will be trivia soon enough. In a year will anyone remember anything about Rod Blagojevich – and what that led to? Wasn’t … Continue reading

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Guessing What Wins

Political junkies like to think about who will win the next election and why – who made the big gaffe, who looked good in the debates, who had the most to spend, and who masterfully managed the key structural elements … Continue reading

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Regarding the Landscape of Incoherent White American Resentment

They call him Tweety Bird for a reason. Chris Matthews is the guy, with his political talk show on MSNBC, Hardball. He flits around, topic to topic, you never know what he’s going to say next, and he loves to … Continue reading

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And Now for Something Completely Different

If you’re old enough, or playful, you remember a television show that was all the rage in the early seventies, Monty Python’s Flying Circus – although some didn’t care for that sort of absurdist, surreal British humor. That is to … Continue reading

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