Political campaigns

May 6, 2016

Paul Ryan & The Donald: Coming to Terms?

So much is happening so fast in this extraordinary political year that millions of Americans are having trouble keeping up. That apparently includes some news media people, who clearly do not understand what is really going on at this point with GOP leaders like Paul Ryan, who have not (so […]
April 23, 2016

Will the real The Donald please stand up?

Thanks to the man who’s now in charge of The Donald’s campaign, we finally know the truth: the candidate is not really a bloviating, blustering bully with a racist, misogynistic, xenophobic agenda. It’s just an act. Here’s what Paul Manafort (the man who’s now in charge) told the RNC leadership […]
April 10, 2016

It’s not fair: so saith The Donald

Believe it or not, there is good news in this political season. Thanks to the protracted primary/caucus process with its crazy quilt of 50 sets of rules in 50 states and now the wrangling over unbound delegates and super delegates, our two-party elections system has been exposed for what it […]
February 27, 2016

Why they don’t diss The Donald

So with a little encouragement from Mitt, Marco and Ted finally stood up to The Donald in Houston – eight months after he launched his campaign. While others debate the question of whether it’s too little too late, let us speculate here on the reasons why almost no one – including […]
February 4, 2016

How to spot a failing campaign

Anyone who has ever done combat duty in politics knows what a campaign heading south looks like. Senior managers and staff disagree on strategy and direction. Funding for essentials is denied or canceled while money is spent on swag and frippery. And the candidate makes wild, unfounded accusations about the […]
December 8, 2015

Fear & Greed: The Great Motivators

Whatever else may be said about him – and there is more than plenty to be said – Donald J. Trump is, above all else, a master of the art of marketing. He therefore understands that the two Great Motivators of human behavior are Fear and Greed. Like his idol, […]
November 3, 2015

The Fixer?

Merriam-Webster defines a “fixer” as “a person who intervenes to enable someone to circumvent  the law or obtain a political favor.” Floridians know Jeb in this capacity all too well. Here’s a look at some of his greatest hits. Jeb “fixed” Florida’s public schools by pushing for an education commissioner appointed by […]