Tag Archives: Political Posturing

Positioning by Posturing

The next year and a half is going to be painful. We elect another president in 2016 – in November, late in the year. Everyone knows what’s coming. Between now and then the news will be full of politicians trying … Continue reading

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A Day of Hedging Bets

Media companies hedge their bets, and Fox News isn’t Fox Sports. On the last Wednesday in October, Fox Sports was carrying the sixth game of the World Series, and perhaps the Red Sox, one game away from winning it all, … Continue reading

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Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?

Almost everyone finds politicians useless, but if pressed, would find it hard to say why. We elect these guys to keep things running reasonably smoothly, or at least to keep collapse and catastrophe at bay – and with the vague … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Parlor Tricks

World-weariness is rhetorically and socially useful. You know how that goes. Assume an air of world-weariness – you’ve seen it all before and anyone who is all excited and enthusiastic, or are in a panic asking if the sky is really … Continue reading

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In a Snit and Claiming That as Policy

Times change, and sometimes it’s just not like the old days. Back in 1973 it was the Saturday Night Massacre – the Attorney General resigns, rather than do what President Nixon tells orders him to do, fire the special prosecutor … Continue reading

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The Virtual Agora

The ancient Greeks had the agora – the open marketplace, where, along with buying the day’s zucchini and feta and bad wine, the affairs of the day were discussed, and the big questions pondered. That’s where we get the concept … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond High School Confidential

It sounds like a plot device in one of the endless stream of raunchy high school movies Hollywood studios churn out when they need cash to finance the serious movies – if there are such things – and the absurdly … Continue reading

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