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Concession Is Good for the Soul

From the Left / Mark Shields /

The first time I ever saw my sainted mother cry was late at night on Nov. 4, 1952, as she listened to Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic presidential nominee, graciously congratulate -- from the Leland Hotel in Springfield -- Dwight D. Eisenhower on Ike's landslide victory that day. Stevenson consoled his supporters: "Someone asked me...Read more

The Unanswered Question

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Eleven years ago, the re-elected George W. Bush was president, and Hillary Clinton was both the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from New York and the first spouse of a president in U.S. history to have won election to any public office. In the Senate -- by her thorough preparation and unpretentious manner, by her faithful ...Read more

What's That Scent in the Air?

From the Left / Mark Shields /

It is all but impossible for you or for me to understand, let alone appreciate, how painfully public and publicly painful it must be for a losing major-party presidential nominee to bear the agony of losing the November general election. The first line of your obituary has now been written. Your entire life is now unfairly defined by your ...Read more

Presidential Campaigns Are About the Voters

From the Left / Mark Shields /

One of the shrewdest American politicians I both know and like, a man who has actually managed Republican presidential campaigns, was openly discouraged after the first debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. "It's all about him. (Trump) has a belief that this campaign is about him," he lamented.

Like every savvy ...Read more

October in America

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Ignore, if you can, the insult marathon that passes for a national election while we turn to America's real October drama: the final chapters of our baseball season. Why? Because we Americans, especially those in my adopted hometown of Washington, urgently need, in this unhappy year of 2016, to appreciate anew the values of our national ...Read more

Debating the Future

From the Left / Mark Shields /

The presidential debates, especially this year's first scheduled one -- at New York's Hofstra University on the night of Sept. 26 -- are really a national job interview. We the people will have a chance to make our own judgments on the character, intelligence, personality and humanness of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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The Sound of History

From the Left / Mark Shields /

What comes to mind when you listen to the two last names of a presidential ticket spoken as one word? For example, I always thought the winning 1980/'84 combination of Republicans Ronald Reagan and George Bush, or "Reagan-Bush," sounded like an Oktoberfest event in Wisconsin. "We had a great time at this year's Reagan-Bush."

Did not the ...Read more

Democrats Really Need White Blue-Collar Voters

From the Left / Mark Shields /

You're a white male blue-collar voter, and you think about how your nation's political and financial establishment has treated you and yours over the past 25 years. All "the best people" -- presidents and prize-winning professors and respected editorial writers -- told you that American trade deals with Mexico and China would be good for ...Read more

Missing Jerry Ford in 2016

From the Left / Mark Shields /

During my more than a half-century of living and working in Washington, D.C., in my semi-humble opinion, Gerald Ford was the most emotionally secure president I have observed. To support that position, allow me to tell you about President Ford's 1976 campaign against his Democratic challenger, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter.

Ford, who had ...Read more

Happy New Year

From the Left / Mark Shields /

As regular readers may remember, I have long insisted that Jan. 1 -- smack in the middle of winter and completely overshadowed by Christmas, just a week earlier -- makes no sense as to when to begin the year. Labor Day -- the first Monday in September, when days grow shorter and weather cooler, when vacations end and schools reopen and summer ...Read more

Trump Likes Snub From Republican Elite

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Mark Shields is off. The following is a column by Jamie Stiehm.

From on high they have spoken to us, we the people.

The neocon foreign policy elite vigorously embraced and enforced President George W. Bush starting three wars going into the 21st century: Afghanistan, Iraq and the global "war on terror." Detainees, drones and now ISIS in...Read more

In the Company of Heroes

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Air Force Col. Bud Day, having already fought in World War II and the Korean War, was flying his 65th mission over Vietnam, when his plane was shot down and he, after bailing out, suffered a broken arm and injuries to his back and eye. Captured by North Vietnamese soldiers, he was beaten up before becoming that conflict's only U.S. prisoner of...Read more

Another Iwo Jima Memorial

From the Left / Mark Shields /

In 1945, Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn, the first Jewish chaplain in the history of the United States Marine Corps, was asked by his senior Protestant colleague to deliver the sermon at a single, interdenominational service dedicated to the fallen after the historically bloody Battle of Iwo Jima -- which cost the lives of nearly 7,000 Marines, ...Read more


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