With the thoroughbred I’ll Have Another having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and aiming for horse racing’s Triple Crown, the June 9 Belmont Stakes, is the subject of much speculation (not to mention wagering).
We begin this week a new periodic effort to show how we can all help drive some of the hate out of what has already become the Hate Politics of 2012.
Try demanding that your side take the lead by launching a new initiative — not to attack the other side, but correct a few egregious lies, distortions or deceptions. Just to prove your candidates still deserve your votes.
Following the comprehensive failures of President George W. Bush, conservatives faced a hard choice: rethink or go crazy. For too many, the election of Barack Obama appears to have made it, so to speak, a no-brainer. Millions have chosen the comforts of delusion, envisioning the ordinary give-and-take of politics in a democracy as an apocalyptic struggle between good and evil.
Two of the most sage politics watchers of our time are congressional scholars Norm Ornstein of the (mainly conservative) American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of the (more Democratic than not) Brookings Institution. Together they’ve written and just released a book called “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks.” It is about our broken, dysfunctional, nonfunctioning partisan political system.
It is late April, and as America’s president you are about to be reacquainted with the buck-stopping burden of working at the narrow end of the vast global funnel that dumps all that is known and menacing about terrorism threats in your inbox.
Watching Newt Gingrich’s graceful and low-key withdrawal from the presidential race last week, it was hard not to think back to January in Columbia, S.C., when he drew a wall-to-wall, fired-up crowd to celebrate his blowout victory in that state’s primary.
Where to start with Douglas MacArthur? To say that he was general of the Army? To note that he was superintendent of West Point? To recall his famous exit from the Philippines and his even more famous return? To cite his role in the occupation of Japan? To refer to his time commanding U.N. troops in the Korean War? To reflect on his firing by Harry Truman? To quote his remarkable “just fade away” speech, interrupted numerous times by applause, on Capitol Hill?
Remember the sci-fi cult classic “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”? The 1956 movie is about a small town where extraterrestrial “pods” take over the townspeople. Even pillars of the community change into zombielike clones, as revealed by their blank stares and abnormal impulses.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has bestirred a dustup over what one might think is a minor yet symbolic policy change. He wants to ban people on food stamps (a.k.a. the federal SNAP program) from using them to buy sugar-sweetened beverages in New York City.
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