Tag Archives: Obama the Pragmatist

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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A Pesky Matter of Perspective

The trick is to figure out how the other guy thinks. That’s how you get things done – coaches know that – some players you scold and embarrass, and they perform well to prove you’re wrong and a total jerk, … Continue reading

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No Point in Apologizing When You’ve Won

On the first Monday in December things came to a head. The Jets and the Patriots were tied for first in their division and they faced each other in the big game – the two awesome teams would go head … Continue reading

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That End of the World Stuff

It’s no fun being an old fart. No one knows what you’re talking about. Hell, try to explain that when you say you’ll dial a number on the phone that has to do with telephones once having dials, not buttons … Continue reading

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The Audacity of Persistence

There’s always the question of how you get things done. Some folks will tell you it’s all about having the right attitude – think you can and you can. Anyone who is tone deaf and decided they’d be the next … Continue reading

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