Category Archives: The Primaries

Painful to Watch

Some things are just too painful to watch. Back east, at the moment, it’s the woeful Boston Red Sox, and out here on the west coast it’s the impossible San Diego Padres – long baseball games which offer a few … Continue reading

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Seasonal Integrity

The middle of March in an election year – that’s when things get strange. That’s when the party out of power has to inspire its base, or outrage its base, or both. Do everything you can to win the party’s … 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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The Daily Breeze Blows

No one pays much attention to Torrance, California, a bedroom community in the flats south of Los Angeles. Why should they? It’s all oil refineries, aerospace suppliers, a big mall and lots of car dealers and sad strip malls, and … Continue reading

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The Back of the Bus

Perhaps, on Monday, March 10, Barack Obama was just too polite to say it, but we all were thinking it. After two days of Bill and Hillary Clinton saying all the Obama fans need not be disappointed – when she … Continue reading

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She Will Have What She Wants

You know the good-cop bad-cop routine from the movies, or from years of watching that television crime show, Law and Order. The frightened young man everyone knows committed the crime sits in the cold, harshly-lit interrogation room. The designated bad-cop … Continue reading

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On Relevant Experience and the Relevance of Experience

It has to come down to this. After Hillary Clinton won three out of four primaries on March 4, after losing eleven in a row, and then with everyone noting that she may have gained all of eight or ten … Continue reading

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