March 19, 2010

Cultural Change & the President

(Note: This piece was first posted in February, 2009, on my Website. As the health care reform bill heads for the House floor, it seems appropriate to reprise it.) There are two ways to change a culture. The easy way is the approach taken by guys like “Chainsaw Al” Dunlap, […]
February 6, 2010

Political Realities: A Campaign Primer

Tis the Season — for political campaigns.  So for everyone who’s about to run one — or run — here’s everything learned in 20+ years in the trenches, summed up in 20 short statements. 1. Campaigns are not won: they are LOST. 2. Your friends are far more likely to hurt you than […]
January 9, 2010

The Future of the Tea Party Movement

Will the Tea Party party on or will it turn into the Tea Party Party? We’ll know more after their convention next month in Nashville, an ironic but suitable choice for such a conclave, but all breathless anticipation aside, and despite the efforts of at least one enterprising Florida pol […]
December 25, 2009

Health Care Reform: Understanding the Process

Three factors contribute to the confusion and consternation much of the American public feels with respect to health care reform legislation. 1) Most Americans don’t really have a frame of reference for what’s going on, because they either weren’t alive or weren’t paying attention the last time a reform effort […]
December 4, 2009

Narcissism: Trend or Fad?

All trends and fads have life cycles: the difference between a trend and a fad is how long it lasts. Fads die quickly – nowadays within weeks – while trends either exhaust themselves over months or morph into permanent components of our cultural milieu. So it is that many of us […]