Hillary Scandal - The indictment of Hillary Clinton's 2000
campaign-finance director, David Rosen, may pose a threat to
the senator's presidential bid. For now, the federal indictment
is focused only on Rosen, but it is not hard to see the process
creeping up the campaign food chain to the senator herself. -
Wednesday - January 12, 2005
A 'Penny Pincher'? - According to New York Times columnist
Nicholas Kristof, America is a land of "penny pinchers"
who are not sufficiently generous to the needy in the rest of
the world. Citing our relatively low level of per-capita official
governmental foreign aid, he refuses to take issue with the recent
charge by a U.N. official that we are "stingy." - More...
Monday - January 10, 2005
Of Changing Cloture - If Senate Republicans change the filibuster
rule to permit closure on judicial nominations by a simple majority
vote, they will be undermining their own president and their
electoral fortunes for years to come. - More...
Wednesday - December 22, 2004
Lost To People Power - The election of 2004 will be seen
historically as the beginning of a dramatic reshaping of the
techniques, methods and tactics of American politics. - More...
Wednesday - December 15, 2004
Save The U.N., Cut The Dues - Whether the United Nations
were located in New York or in Geneva, Congress cannot and should
not continue to spend our money paying dues to an organization
that will not open its records to our elected officials who are
seeking to investigate numerous reports of corruption reaching
high up in the U.N. organization. - More...
Wednesday - December 08, 2004
Not W's Mandate - The Christian right has sought to portray
the president's re-election as a victory for their moral agenda,
claiming that it was a mandate to legislate further curbs on
abortion and to approve draconian Supreme Court nominees. - More...
Wednesday - December 01, 2004
we looked away, Czar Putin stole Ukraine
- Would-be czar Vladimir
Putin has taken a giant step toward reasserting the regional
hegemony of the former Soviet Union by stealing the election
in Ukraine right under our noses. - More...
Thursday - November 25, 2004
Bill's Library, But Hill's Campaign - Events in Little Rock
had less to do with a library retrospective of the Bill Clinton
years than a campaign launch for the prospective presidency of
Hillary Clinton. - More...
Saturday - November 20, 2004
On A Second Term - Some second-term ideas for the triumphant
Bush administration... More
Thursday - November 18, 2004
Ad War: Billion-Dollar Draw - Despite the massive advertising
in swing states by both parties and their allied 527 committees,
the evidence is that ads didn't work in the elections of 2004.
Wednesday - November 10, 2004
Bin Laden - When John Kerry tries to spin the bin Laden tape
to his own advantage, he is fond of saying that the ghoul's message
just serves to indicate that he is still around because Bush
failed to get him "when he was surrounded" in Tora
Bora. - More...
Tuesday - November 02, 2004
Bush Will Win - Here's a two-part test to determine who will
win on Tuesday....
Saturday - October 30, 2004
Knows - So now the Zogby poll, which had seen more Kerry
strength than most, is picking up a Bush surge - while the Rasmussen
poll, which trended for Bush, is seeing a Kerry bump. - More...
Wednesday - October 27, 2004
L-Word Sticks - With only two weeks to go, President Bush
and his campaign demonstrated once again that they are playing
chess while Kerry is playing checkers. - More...
Tuesday - October 19, 2004
Nonsense - Sen. John Kerry has just explained, clearly and
lucidly, the difference between the Democratic and Republican
approaches on how to fight terrorism: He told the New York Times
Magazine that, as a "former law-enforcement person,"
he knew that we could not wipe out terrorism, but hoped we could
repress it until it became a "nuisance," not a mortal
threat. - More...
Wednesday - October 14, 2004
President Is Back - The president finally showed the guts,
determination and focus that earned him victories in the three
debates with Al Gore. He finally did his homework. He focused
on his briefing points and mobilized his rhetoric to win the
second debate. - More...
Monday - October 11, 2004
In The Headlights - Tuesday night John Edwards went from
seeming to be like JFK to emulating Dan Quayle in the space of
90 minutes. Confronted with Dick Cheney's obvious competence,
incisive parries to his charges and devastating rebuttal of his
phony statistics, Edwards looked like the proverbial deer in
the headlights. - More...
Thursday - October 07, 2004
Anti-War Turn Is A Loser - Stung by criticism that his campaign
lacks direction and focus, Sen. John Kerry has chosen to base
his candidacy on an all-out assault on President Bush's record
in Iraq - indeed, opted to move to the left decisively and attack
the war head-on. - More...
Wednesday - September 29, 2004
Shakeup Won't Save Kerry - John Kerry's recent shakeup of
his campaign illustrates his larger problem: He is playing a
simple game of checkers, while President Bush is playing a subtle
game of chess. - More...
Wednesday - September 22, 2004
The Bush Bounce - President Bush enters September with a
remarkable double-digit lead as a result of one of the most successful
conventions in recent years. The key to the GOP success was,
of course, its focus on terrorism, reminding Americans what a
dangerous world we inhabit. The Republicans also moved to the
center, featuring pro-choice and socially moderate orators like
Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Zell Miller and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Friday - September 10, 2004
Target - No wonder Rudy Giuliani, Ed Koch, Mayor Bloomberg
and Sen. John McCain brought the Republican Convention to its
feet with their stirring pleas to fight terror and re-elect President
Bush. - More...
Thursday - September 02, 2004
Bounce A'Building - After one of the weakest convention performances
in memory, John Kerry has had the worst post-convention period
since Walter Mondale found himself defending Geraldine Ferraro's
husband's business accounting in 1984. - More...
Tuesday - August 31, 2004
Next Prez? Osama May Decide - More than any other single
individual, more than George W. Bush, more than John Kerry, it
is Osama bin Laden who will determine the winner of the election
in November. - More...
Wednesday - August 18, 2004
Partisan Peril - It is hard to believe, but recent polling
by the Fox News Channel suggests that more than a third of American
voters believe that the Bush administration is manipulating the
terror warnings for political advantage. This ridiculous suspicion
is the Democratic equivalent of those Republicans who labeled
Bill Clinton's rocket attacks in Afghanistan in the hopes of
killing Osama bin Laden a wagging of the dog. - Read
Thursday - August 12, 2004
Bagel Candidacy - I LOVED Bill Clinton's speech. I was inspired
by John Edwards. Barack Obama thrilled me. Max Cleland made me
grow as a person as I heard him . . . Read
Monday - August 02, 2004
- The master returned to center stage Monday night as Bill
Clinton showed how to address a convention and use issues to
win elections. - Read
Wednesday - July 28, 2004
Quandary - John Kerry has a fundamental strategic problem
that he must resolve during this week's Democratic National Convention
in Boston: Should he campaign on the nexus of issues surrounding
terror or focus on domestic concerns? - Read
Tuesday - July 27, 2004
vs. Clinton: The Dem Divide - Just as the Democratic Party
in the later 1960s was dominated by the schism between President
Lyndon B. Johnson and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, so the party in
this decade is likely to be mired in a split between the Clintons
on the one hand and Ted Kennedy and John Kerry on the other.
Thursday - July 22, 2004
Sharon, Build This Wall - As the Cold War waned, President
Ronald Reagan went to Berlin and defiantly turned to the Soviet
Union and said "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
Now, we should turn toward Israel and say, despite the recent
decision of the International Court, "Mr. Sharon, build
this wall!" - Read
Thursday - July 15, 2004
is Lurking - John Kerry's choice of John Edwards as his vice
presidential candidate is getting predictable but sincere applause
from Democrats, relieved that some charisma will enliven their
presidential ticket. But the initial positive reaction may not
last long as the Bush campaign zeroes in on Edwards' vulnerability:
his presidential campaign contributors. - Read
Thursday - July 08, 2004
Churchill vs. Kerry's Atlee - The basic issue in the 2004
election is not a clash of two leaders or two parties or even
two ideologies. It is a battle between two issues for supremacy.
It boils down to a simple question: Do voters want a wartime
or a peacetime president? - Read
Thursday - July 01, 2004
Stealth Strategy - Senator John Kerry is becoming the first
modern dark-horse candidate - in an old sense of the term. -
Wednesday - June 23, 2004
Declaration Of Independence - On Sunday, a small group of
freedom-loving Brits, the United Kingdom Independence Party,
scored amazing gains in the European Parliamentary elections,
winning almost 20 percent of the vote. - Read
Wednesday - June 16, 2004
Was Reagan's Ratifier - What was most unique about Ronald
Reagan was his inner compass, his internalized sense of himself.
Most politicians are narcissists. They lack a sure grasp of who
they are and seek not only ratification but also self-definition
in the eyes of others. - Read
Thursday - June 10, 2004
For Kerry - Osama bin Laden could have made a good living
as a political consultant if he did not choose to kill babies
instead. The al Qaeda/Ba'ath Party strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan
is, at core, a political one. They seek not just to pull Iraq
into chaos, but to defeat President Bush as well. - Read
Tuesday - June 08, 2004
Bush, You're President of America, Not Iraq - he defining
issue President Bush needs to press in this election is domestic
security against terrorism. Only by expanding the terror issue
and relocating it from Iraq to the United States can he hope
to win the votes of the women who are backing Sen. John Kerry
(D-Mass.). - Read
Thursday - June 03, 2004
World's Firefighter - The horrific human, financial and political
cost of the occupation of Iraq suggests a need to review our
nation's role in the post-9/11 world: The United States can't
be the world's policeman - but must be the world's firefighter.
Saturday - May 29, 2004
War Could Beat Kerry Or Bush - Al Gore let Ralph Nader sabotage
his presidential chances in 2000 by vacating the environmentalist
niche that had sustained him for his entire political career.
By sublimating his greenish agenda to more "mainstream"
issues like Social Security, Medicare and prescription drugs,
Gore invited Nader, the Green Party nominee, to occupy the ground
he had vacated. - Read more...
Tuesday - May 25, 2004
Rigidification Of George Bush - In 1972, presidential historian
David James Barber, writing in the shadow of Vietnam, described
a process he called "rigidification" in his landmark
work on presidential character. - Read more...
Thursday - May 20, 2004
Buck Up U.S. Morale, Let's Leave Iraq To The Iraqis - John
Adams said it best. Quoted by David McCullough in his wonderful
biography of our second president, as Adams defended the Redcoats
in court against charges stemming from the Boston Massacre, Adams
said: "Soldiers quartered in a populous town will always
occasion two mobs where they prevent one. They are wretch-ed
conservators of peace." - Read more...
Thursday - May 13, 2004
Steals The Show - Bill Clinton has now been out of office
for 39 months. There are but six months to go until the election.
Why must he choose June to publish his memoirs? - Read
Thursday - May 06, 2004
To Buy A French Vote - Anyone who pines for genuine international
multilateralism would do well to follow the bribes now being
uncovered in the United Nations' Oil-for- Food scandal. - Read
Friday - April 30, 2004
In Trouble - Both of the polling organizations that track
the presidential race in daily surveys have concluded that the
contest has settled into a stalemate. Scott Rasmussen reports
that for eight of the last nine days, President Bush has gotten
45 to 46 percent of the vote, while Sen. John Kerry ranged from
44 to 46 percent. John Zogby shows Kerry ahead by three and reports
little movement either way. - Read
Thursday - April 22, 2004
Could Doom Bush - President Bush had a narrow brush with
disaster last week as the casualties mounted amid escalating
Iraqi violence. The daily tracking polls of Scott Rasmussen show
that 10 days ago Bush was three points ahead of Kerry. His attack
ads had the Democrat reeling. Then, from April 3-7, Bush fell
by nine points and ended his crash trailing Kerry by six. - Read
Thursday - April 15, 2004
Crash Continues - The latest daily tracking polls by Scott
Rasmussen show that President Bush has moved up six points in
the past week to take a three-point lead over Sen. John Kerry.
The Bush surge is catalyzed by his negative ads, which castigate
the Democrat's record on taxes and terrorism, and by the Kerry
camp's abysmal failure to answer the charges effectively in paid
advertising. - Read
Wednesday - April 07, 2004
Clarke Helped Bush - The 2004 contest is not between two
men, two parties or even two ideologies so much as it is between
two issues. The most recent Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll (March
26, 2004) highlights the contrast. - Read
Thursday - April 01, 2004
Blowout In The Making - The Bush ads are working: Two weeks
ago, the Washington Post poll showed Sen. John Kerry ahead of
President Bush by 11 points, and the Gallup Poll had him up by
8, while more recent polls reflect a dead heat between the two.
Thursday - March 25, 2004 - 12:15 am
Ads Hit the Mark - At last George W. Bush is doing what he
needs to do to win this election - run ads that explain John
Kerry's liberalism to moderate swing voters. - Read
Friday - March 19, 2004 - 1:10 am
Hillary in 2004, It's Now or Never - If Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)
beats President Bush and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) is not
on the Democratic ticket as a vice presidential candidate, she
will probably never be president of the United States. This cold,
hard fact is staring the Clintons in the face as they assess
the best way to inaugurate a new Clinton presidency. - Read
Thursday - March 18, 2004 - 12:55 am
'Flip-Flop' Kills Kerry - It is increasingly clear that President
Bush's line of attack against Kerry will be to describe him as
a flip-flopping politician, changing his positions constantly
to suit the political needs of the moment. One negative ad, previewed
on "Meet the Press," showed an animation of two John
Kerry boxers battling one another. The winner? George W. Bush.
Thursday - March 11, 2004 - 12:50 am
Mistake - The Democratic Party slit its throat Tuesday night,
abandoning 12 years of pragmatism to indulge in a nominee who's
very unlikely to win. -
Saturday - March 06, 2004 - 1:00 am
Dilemma - February 24, 2004 -- THE most recent Fox News/Opinion
Dynamics poll, the worst ever for George W. Bush, shows why he
is in trouble and what he must do to get out of danger. - Read
Wednesday - February 25, 2004 - 1:15 am
W. Must Bash Kerry Now - The 2004 presidential election may
be decided in the next two months. - Read
Thursday - February 19, 2004 - 12:45 am
State Of The Union Message Was Historic Failure - During
Bill Clinton's eight years in the White House, State of the Union
speeches were the pillars that held up his presidency. His popularity
would soar in the weeks after the speech and sag as the year
unfolded, only to be revivified by another speech in January.
Saturday - February 14, 2004 - 1:10 am
Veepstakes - The demise of Howard Dean's candidacy opens
the door to a Kerry/Clinton ticket in 2004. As long as Dean was
favored to get the nomination, Hillary likely wasn't interested
in the second slot on the ticket. With the Vermont governor almost
certain to go down to a massive defeat, Hillary probably wanted
no part in the ensuing carnage. But now that the Democrats have
a real chance to win, it makes all kinds of sense to offer her
the nomination and for her to accept it. - Read
Wednesday - February 04, 2004 - 1:15 am
Race Ain't Over Yet - Most analyses of the New Hampshire
results miss the point. In fact, the Democratic nomination probably
won't be decided by a contest in which John Kerry beats Howard
Dean and never really has to come to terms with also-rans like
John Edwards and Wesley Clark. - Read
Saturday - January 31, 2004 - 1:10 am
By Negatives - The negative ads of Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt
succeeded brilliantly: They both lost Monday in Iowa. The winners
- John Kerry and John Edwards - both abstained from negatives
and won. - Read
Thusday - January 22, 2004 - 12:50 am
Key To GOP's Future - President Bush's immigration/amnesty
proposal will probably be remembered in history as the idea that
saved a political party. - Read
Friday - January 16, 2004
Dean's Advance: Unstoppable - If Howard Dean wraps up victories
in the early primaries, as now seems quite likely, he may find
that he has won them too well, so that his victories contain
the seeds of his own destruction. But he'll likely survive -
thanks, ironically, to the work of the party establishment. Read
Thursday - January 08, 2004 - 1:00 am
Ricochet Effect - Why does the opposition party tend to become
dominated by its own extremists when it is out of power? Why
did the Democrats follow liberal leaders like Walter Mondale
and Mike Dukakis while Ronald Reagan was president? Why did the
right under Newt Gingrich take over the Republican Party during
the Clinton years? Why is Howard Dean dominating the Democrats
these days? - Read
Wednesday - December 31, 2003 - 12:10 am
Senate Hopes - Lost among the focus on the Democratic presidential
race is the likelihood of a huge Republican gain in the U.S.
Senate in the 2004 elections. Even without a landslide victory
for Bush (quite possible if Howard Dean wins the Democratic nod),
the way races are shaping up, the Republicans have a lot to gloat
about. - Read
Saturday - December 27, 2003 - 12:30 am
Veepstakes - Especially now that the capture of Saddam Hussein
could turn the Iraq war into a positive for George Bush, Howard
Dean may turn to Hillary Rodham Clinton to be his vice presidential
candidate. And, especially now that Al Gore has un-retired, Hillary
might just accept. - Read
Saturday - December 20, 2003 - 12:45 am
Gore's Backing Dean - It's payback time for Al Gore. Dissatisfied
at how thoroughly forgotten he is among active Democrats and
resentful of all the attention Sen. Hillary Clinton, his White
House rival, is getting, Al has reportedly decided to flank the
Clintons by backing Howard Dean for president. - Read
Wednesday - December 10, 2003 - 1:00 am
Badwill Tour - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has just returned
from a badwill tour of Iraq, seeking to use the façade
of saluting the troops and sharing their Thanksgiving to undermine
the political support for their mission. - Read
Wednesday - December 03, 2003 - 1:00 am
Front - The Democratic Party is being replaced by a new group
called "Americans Coming Together," which has been
launched with two $10 million donations from financier George
Soros and Peter B. Lewis, chairman of the Progressive Corporation.
The new organization wants to raise $94 million to finance a
massive campaign against Bush - all with soft money. - Read
Wednesday - November 26, 2003 - 12:30 am
Iraq Quagmire - It is very easy for Howard Dean to predicate
his primary campaign on criticizing U.S. involvement in Iraq.
But it may be very hard in the general election. - Read
Thursday - November 20, 2003 - 12:55 am
Clark Collapse - Old soldiers who run for president, to paraphrase
MacArthur, never die, they just fade away. Wesley Clark has just
faded. - Read
Wednesday - November 12, 2003 - 1:00 am
Weapon Against Dean - As Howard Dean rolls toward
the Democratic nomination, there seems to be no stopping him.
Dick Gephardt is making a last-ditch stand in Iowa as is John
Kerry in New Hampshire, but I don't give much for their chances.
Once Dean hits the first multistate primary and faces Wesley
Clark for the first time, he will have so much momentum that
he will run over the general without even a pause. - Read
Thursday - November 06, 2003 - 12:50 am
Activist Primary - The Democratic presidential races usually
feature a thematic competition that foreshadows the earliest
of primaries and determines the eventual nominee. The tough part
is figuring out what this pivotal contest is about. Often, it
is only apparent after one candidate has won it. - Read
Wednesday - October 29, 2003 - 12:30 am
Losing Plan - Attempting to cash in on his national standing
without mucking around in the trenches of electoral warfare,
Gen. Wesley Clark trumpets his decision to avoid the Iowa caucuses
entirely and downplays his prospects in New Hampshire. But he
cannot win the nomination without battling his way through the
early caucuses and primaries. - Read
Wednesday - October 22, 2003 - 12:50 am
Raging Fury Against The Political Establishment - There is
always a temptation to put a partisan spin on voter anger and
pretend it is directed at one or the other of our political parties.
Republicans celebrate the upheaval of the Democrats in California.
Democrats chuckle at Bush's dive in the polls. Republicans have
their share of fun in watching first Howard Dean and then Wesley
Clark eclipse the best and the brightest among the Democratic
candidates. - Read
Thursday - October 16, 2003 - 12:45 am
at The Gate - How did Arnold Schwarzenegger get to become
the frontrunner in California's recall election? How did Wesley
Clark come out of nowhere to lead the pack seeking the Democratic
nomination? How has Howard Dean been able to parlay the Internet
into fund-raising that surpasses the entire field of traditional
Democratic pros? Why has President Bush slipped so dramatically
in the polls? - Read
Wednesday - October 08, 2003 - 12:50 am
E-Reform - As he surges into the fund- raising lead among
the Democratic '04 presidential contenders, Howard Dean is also
catalyzing the most far-reaching of reforms in campaign finance.
Indeed, the Dean campaign will likely mark the end of the big
money era in our politics, when campaigns were dominated by ultra-wealthy
donors or special interests contributing massive amounts of money.
Friday - October 03, 2003 - 12:50 am
Clark Will Fade - The shocking truth about the U.S. presidential
race is that the sudden and headlong collapse of President Bush's
popularity has created such a vacuum that a new candidate such
as retired Gen. Wesley Clark has no difficulty soaring to the
top of the polls based on one week's publicity. - Read
Thursday - September 25, 2003 - 12:50 am
Fears Fade Too Fast - The 9/11 attack is a wound that healed
too quickly. The skin has knit over the gash; only a scar remains
visible. Yet, underneath, infection still roils and an abscess
oozes. - Read
Thursday - September 18, 2003 - 12:20 am
Dubya Sinks, Al and Hill Scheme - Here's what I see happening
in the 2004 presidential race: Al Gore is watching President
Bush. Hillary Clinton is watching Gore. Bush is watching Hillary
and the Democrats are watching Dean. - Read
Wednesday - September 10, 2003 - 12:55 am
On Rocks As Viewers Taste Straight News - I am sure we were
all surprised to learn in the Aug. 11 issue of The New York Times
that people are " burned out on serious news." How
else could the bastion of establishment journalism account for
the falloff in network news viewership and, unnoted in the article,
the newspaper's own decreasing circulation? - Click
here to read more...
Wednesday - August 21, 2003 - 12:30 am
Clinton Might Not Want to Wait Until 2008 - In 1968,
a carpetbag senator from New York pondered a race to unseat an
incumbent president. Determined to capitalize on his family name,
raised to mythic proportions by his relative's tenure in the
White House, he judged, nevertheless, that his time had not yet
come and that he should wait for four more years to venture out
and run on his own. - Click
here to read more...
Wednesday - August 06, 2003
Bush Falters, Watch Hill Run - George W. Bush's job approval
ratings are dropping a point every other week. Most polls now
have his support down in the high or mid-50s. Pollster John Zogby
has them at 53 percent - a huge drop from the low 70s he was
registering just two months ago. - Click
here to read more...
Friday - July 25, 2003 - 12:05 am
Dominoes Begin To Fall - Does anybody seriously believe that
there would be a cease-fire between Israel and the most extreme
Palestinian terrorists groups if the United States did not have
150,000 troops in Iraq? - Click
here to read more...
Wednesday - July 23, 2003 - 12:15 am
Let's Hear The Good News - An unexplained
vacuum of good news from the Bush administration has surrendered
the stage to the media-inspired doubters and naysayers who have
searched since Sept. 11 for a way to blunt the nation's momentum
as it confronts terrorism and terrorists. - Click here to read more...
Thursday - July 17, 2003 - 1:25 pm
McGovern II - Dr. Howard Dean, the former
Vermont governor now rallying liberals in the nation's Democratic
primaries, is forcing the party into a potentially lethal march
to the left. - Click here to read more...
Saturday - July 12, 2003 - 2:20 pm
Sending Troops To Liberia Could Be A Bridge Too
Far - The Bush administration is showing signs of all of
the vices of successful foreign policies - arrogance, overreaching,
elitism, and messianic zeal - in its decision to enter the Liberian
quagmire. - Click here to read more...
Thursday - July 10, 2003 - 12:30 am
And Now The Dominos Begin To Fall - The Vietnam
War, waged for the sake of falling dominos, gave the chain reaction
a bad reputation as a reason for public policy. - Click here to read more...
Monday - July 07, 2003 - 1:50 pm
W's Triangulation - President Bush has stolen
all the Democratic issues.... Offering prescription-drug benefits
under traditional fee-for-service Medicare. Expanded education
funding. Boosting Head Start. Banning road construction in Wilderness
Areas. Providing tax credits for lower-middle-income families.
Ending racial profiling. Replacing expensive branded medicines
with cheaper generic drugs. - Click
here to read more...
Sunday - June 29, 2003 - 2:20 pm
Not A-Changing - Anyone who thinks that Howell Raines' resignation
will restore editorial balance to The New York Times is in for
a sad disappointment. The following excerpt from my book, "Off
with Their Heads: Traitors, Crooks and Obstructionists in American
Politics, Media and Business" (published today), examines
an incident that shows the partisan tilt of Joseph Lelyveld,
Raines' successor - and predecessor - as the Times' executive
editor. - Click
here to read more...
Thursday - June 19, 2003 - 11:55 am
AL SHARPTON FACTOR - WILD CARD FOR '04 - Will civil rights
activist Rev. Al Sharpton be the Ralph Nader of 2004? Sharpton,
now running for the Democratic nomination for president knows
he can't win his party's nod, but he turns coy when he's asked
if he'll run as an independent in November, '04. "I intend
to be my party's candidate," he says, making a statement
that the average six year old knows isn't true. "The question
is: Will the other candidates support me after I win the nomination!"
- Click here to read more...
Saturday - June 14, 2003 - 12:05 am
Puts Tax Cuts On '04 Agenda - As he desperately tried to
head off Bill Clinton in 1992, President George H.W. Bush could
not use his best weapon - the tax issue - to defend his incumbency.
Although Clinton's record of tax increases in Arkansas offered
an attractive target, Bush's reversal of his 1988 campaign pledge
- "read my lips - no new taxes" - left him unable to
make the likelihood of a Clinton tax increase the key issue in
the campaign. His failure to do so cost him the presidency. -
Click here to read more...
Saturday - June 07, 2003 - 12:50 pm
Book About Clinton's Wasted Second Term - A second
term is a terrible thing for a president to waste. Sidney Blumenthal's
new book makes clear how totally Bill Clinton wasted it. He was
a one-term president who lived in the White House for eight years.
- Click here to read more...
Thursday - May 29, 2003 - 12:30 am
Importance of Being Present - Presidential candidate and
former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt has dug himself
an early grave in his pursuit of the White House. During his
campaign, since the first of the year, he has missed 84% of the
votes in the House of Representatives, showing up for fewer than
one vote out of every five. - Click
here to read more...
Wednesday - May 14, 2003 - 12:05 am
Noor's Anti-Semitism - OH, that Khadafy! Jordan's Queen Noor
assures us that the Libyan dictator and his wife are such a "delightful
and charming couple," with whom she spent "a remarkably
pleasant evening." - Click
here to read more...
Thursday - May 08, 2003
BUSH CAN LOSE - As George Santayana
put it "Those who do not remember the past are condemned
to repeat it." He might have included an injunction to remember
the past accurately. - Click here
to read more...
Wednesday - April 30, 2003 - 12:05 am
PLACE AT THE TABLE - Moscow, April 18... A week in the Russian
capital meeting with the staff of former President Boris Yeltsin
and the Russian experts on America makes clear how far President
Vladimir Putin has strayed from Moscow's real interests in his
misguided policy on Iraq. - Click
here to read more...
Friday - April 25, 2003 - 1:00 pm
HONOR SADDAM'S OIL BRIBES - Why do you think France, Russia
and China sided with Saddam Hussein in the United Nations Security
Council against the invasion of Iraq? It was because their support
was bought and paid for by the Iraqi dictator. Now, in the ruins
of his empire, the question is whether the world will honor his
bribes. - Click here to read more...
Tuesday - April 22, 2003 - 12:45 pm
Meltdown - One byproduct of war is often a major change
in media and news reporting. In the Civil War, photography was
born. In World War II, Edward R. Murrow brought radio into its
own with his dramatic reports of the Nazi blitz on London. In
Vietnam, television became pivotal as images of bloodshed soured
American backing for the war. The Gulf War saw the growth of
CNN as all-news television became essential. - Click
here to read more...
Saturday - April 19, 2003 - 7:00 pm
Giving Government a Good Name - The alienation
between the government of the United States and its people has
narrowed sharply in the past two weeks, as the story of the war
in Iraq has unfolded on our TV screens. The conviction that the
government will not tell the truth, which lay at the root of
that distrust, has been laid to waste by the forthrightness and
openness of the war coverage by the Bush administration. - Click
here to read more...
Thursday - April 10, 2003 - 10:50 am
Mind The Media - Don't get too worried by the absurd media
gloom about the war: The American people aren't listening, and
neither should President Bush. - Click
here to read more...
Saturday - April 05, 2003 - 1:00 pm
STRONG GROW WEAK THROUGH INHIBITION" - As American
troops face Iraqi soldiers, they confront an enemy whose major
defense is our reluctance to use the force we have if there is
a significant danger that we will kill innocent civilians. No
better example can be found of what Henry Kissinger called the
process by which "the weak grow strong through effrontery
and the strong grow weak because of inhibitions." - Read more...
Wednesday - March 26, 2003 - 1:15 pm
BEARS THE BURDEN - His tie hung low around his shrunken neck
like a necklace. His ears seemed larger as his face looked gaunt.
Hair graying, his eyes burned with intensity and purpose as he
addressed his nation announcing the war. The burden of the presidency
seemed etched in the lines of his face. George W. Bush looks
like he has aged ten years in the last twenty-seven monthsand
matured twenty years. Elected president, he has become a leader.
- Read more...
Wednesday - March 19, 2003 - 3:30 pm
GET ON WITH IT - Support for military action to disarm Iraq
and remove Saddam Hussein from power is higher than it has been
in the past six months, but Americans are getting antsy about
the endless diplomatic delays. The latest FoxNews/Opinion Dynamics
survey showed that 71% support invading Iraq - with a new high
of 54% strongly supporting it - but Americans want it done now!
- Read more...
Sunday - March 16, 2003 - 3:40 pm
THE UNITED NATIONS - If the long awaited second resolution
authorizing the use of force in Iraq does not pass the United
Nations Security Council, the Bush Administration should deconstruct
the U.N. vote and pin the blame on specific countries. - Read more...
Wednesday - March 13, 2003 - 12:40 pm
WHOLE (HISPANIC) WORLD IS WATCHING - The Democrats
are talking themselves to death in their filibuster against the
nomination of Miguel Estrada to the federal bench. The more they
talk, the more it is clear that they have nothing to say and
no reason to block the nomination of one of the few Hispanics
to be nominated to the senior levels of our judiciary. - Read
Monday - March 10, 2003 - 12:45 pm
THEORY WORKS IN IRAQ - Remember the domino theory? First
explained by President Eisenhower, it posited that if Vietnam
fell, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, and Singapore would be next.
Then the Philippines and Indonesia. Soon we'd be fighting in
San Francisco. It was wrong. Vietnam felland nothing happened.
- Read more...
Tuesday - March 04, 2003 - 1:15 pm
BLAIR - THEY'RE TRIANGULATING - Most Americans are baffled
by Chirac's hostility and thrilled by Blair's support of Administration
policy. But few really appreciate the internal political reasons
for their positions. - Read more...
Thursday - February 27, 2003 - 7:45 pm
STATES LAUNCHES A COUP AGAINST IRAQ - American plans
for invasion of Iraq look a lot more like a coup d'etat than
a takeover of a nation. By aiming surgically at the leaders in
Baghdad and isolating them from the rest of the military structure
they command, Bush seeks to decapitate the Iraqi leadership rather
than conquer the nation. - Read
Wednesday - February 26, 2003 - 1:45 pm
POST IRAQ CONSEQUENCES - It doesn't matter what the polls
say right now about the War in Iraq. When we invade, we will
either find or not find what Secretary of State Colin Powell
says is there. If we do not find it, Bush will be in serious
trouble. If we do, all of his critics will be. - Read
Wednesday - February 19, 2003 - 12:25 pm
EUROPE'S LAST HURRAH - The objection of France and Germany
to acting on the obvious necessity of disarming and dismantling
Saddam Hussein's regime is not the first breath of a new age
of peace but the last hurrah for outdated ex-colonial powers
seeking to throw around a weight they don't have. - Read
Tuesday - February 18, 2003 - 1:00 pm
DEAL FOR SADDAM? - In times past, dictators packed their
bags when they saw the Marines land and headed out of town. That's
how we democratized Haiti without loss of life. The Haitian dictators
left the country in 1993 at the behest of emissaries Jimmy Carter
and Colin Powell as an amphibious American force was anchored
ominously offshore. - Read more...
Monday - February 17, 2003 - 8:00 pm
Copyright 2003 Dick Morris
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