Category Archives: Style versus Substance

Not to Worry

Friday, September 5, thing were supposed to settle down. The political conventions were finally over, capped by John McCain’s workmanlike speech – long on character (he has it, he says), and short on the issues. In fact the issues didn’t … Continue reading

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On Knowing Lots about Lots of Things

It was the mid to late seventies, and the place was Rochester, New York – and the job was teaching English at an exclusive prep school, with the students being, for the most part, the children of old money, or … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Intellectualism, Attack Politics, David Brooks, Education, High-Information Voters, Jack Cafferty, McCain, McCain versus Russia, McCain's Free Pass, McCain's New Crisis, Obama, Pew Survey on News Consumption, Political Pandering, Rick Shenkman - Just How Stupid Are We?, Style versus Substance, Threat Assessment, Welch - McCain: The Myth of a Maverick | Leave a comment

All Campaigns Are Movies Now

Every four years it’s the same thing – a presidential election where Americans are told they have a real choice. Of course they do, even if on many matters both candidate agree – the United States is wonderful, motherhood sacred, … Continue reading

Posted in American Empire, Anti-Intellectualism, Attacks on Obama, Cartoon Politics, Celebrity, Elitism, Exploiting Resentment, Hollywood, McCain and the Press, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Service, Obama, Obama's Celebrity Problem, Personality-Driven Politics, Political Posturing, Project for the New American Century (PNAC), Qualifications to be President, Style versus Substance, The Power of Narrative | Leave a comment

No Free Pass, Although Certain Conditions Apply

Self-deprecating humor can take you a long way. The current president tries it now and then, but it never works. You have to being willing for folks to see there’s some truth in what you say, that sometimes you do … Continue reading

Posted in Character, Journalism, McCain and the Press, McCain versus the Facts, Obama, Political Pandering, Rick Brown, Style versus Substance | Leave a comment

Selling Sincerity

This is being written in the evening, on Friday, June 6, 2008, so the next words may have to be modified – it seems things have been settled, and now one of two people will be the next president, John … Continue reading

Posted in Bush, Character, Feminism, Hillary Clinton, McCain, Obama, Style versus Substance, The Power of Narrative | Leave a comment