Who in the world, one of my friends asked, could ever have come up with such a ridiculous way to nominate a president?
I looked to my left. I looked to my right. I looked in the mirror.
Mea culpa. I used to be a "rules junkie" along with such well-known fellow addicts as Tom Donilon, Harold Ickes, Elaine Kamarck and Tad Devine. I was on ...Read more
There is one reason young women should support Hillary Clinton for president. It happens to be, in my judgment anyway, precisely the same reason men should support her: because she is, by leaps and bounds, the only candidate in the race with the experience necessary to lead this country. Indeed, The New York Times, in endorsing her candidacy, ...Read more
It was the shortest speech anyone can remember him giving. He was clearly in a state of disbelief.
How could it be?
Whom could he fire?
The great Donald had lost. It could not be true. He made it all the way to Wednesday before the Great One finally made it official.
Donald Trump was robbed. That's right. Ted Cruz didn't win Iowa; he "...Read more
You can pick your headline for Iowa: "Trump Didn't Win!" "Hillary Didn't Lose!" "Rubio's the One!"
I prefer the third.
Of course I've left some out, like "Bernie Almost Ties Hillary" or "Ted Cruz Wins," but those are easy. On the first, we'll have months to discuss whether this is really a reflection of Hillary Clinton's weakness or a ...Read more
"I'm for Trump," the man across the room from me said. We were in the ICU family waiting room, and by that point, given the reach of Boston TV to New Hampshire voters, the television was showing nonstop ads.
The man across from me was a union guy. I told him I worked for Teddy. Oh, he loved Teddy. And then he worked for Kerry, of course. The ...Read more
It would be funny to watch were it not so fruitless and political. ("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
"It" is the latest round of Hillary Clinton "insiders" using the front page of The New York Times to attack those even more inside -- who supposedly were foolish to not start attacking Bernie Sanders earlier. Oy.
First of ...Read more
Like him or hate him, you have to agree that Ted Cruz, graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law, Supreme Court law clerk and million-dollar lawyer, is a smart guy. Smart doesn't mean he's right about anything, but it has to mean that he understood exactly how he financed his Senate campaign. And it was not by liquidating everything his ...Read more
Just when it seemed that things could not get crazier than they are on the Republican side, it now appears that Hillary Clinton is losing her lead in Iowa and New Hampshire. No, update: has lost. What once must have seemed like a brilliant idea to limit the number of debates now seems more like lost opportunities. Ah, hindsight.
What would ...Read more
In a matter of a few short weeks, Ted Cruz will become a household name. Which may -- or may not -- turn out to be good news for him.
My bet is that if I stood on a street corner today anywhere other than in Iowa or New Hampshire, 9 out of 10 passersby would not be able to pick Ted Cruz out of a lineup, much less tell you anything about him. ...Read more
The New Year seems to have come and gone too fast, and in the hopes of holding on to that spirit for just a day or two longer, I offer this simple story.
I was reading an interview with the world's most successful television producer, Shonda Rhimes, about how she juggles life as a single mother of three while working insane hours producing ...Read more
Not satisfied with hurling sexist invectives at Hillary Clinton, the Donald has turned his ire on her husband, the former president, claiming he has "a terrible record of women abuse."
Really? Does anyone recall Bill Clinton ridiculing women reporters (as Trump did with Megyn Kelly), insulting the looks of a female candidate (as Trump did ...Read more
It's hard to think of a year in which the meaning of Christmas has been clearer. Forget about the usual fights about creches in public places or, in Beverly Hills, the huge Chabad menorah in the park. If only that were all we had to worry about. I remember when those were our "big" religious tolerance issues: symbols; days off (if we take ...Read more
"Schlonged." That is what Donald Trump said Monday night, referring to President Obama's victory over Hillary Clinton, the former senator and secretary of state, in the long battle for the 2008 presidential nomination. Appearing at a rally in Michigan, Donald Trump rallied his crowd by saying this: "She was favored to win, and she got schlonged....Read more
It's not exactly like Babe Ruth pointing with his bat to the stands where he was about to hit a home run. But the presidential primary equivalent is that candidates can stay in the race so long as they can point to a state where they are going to win -- and, preferably, it's an early state.
"Winning" in primary politics is very often not ...Read more
By now, probably everyone in the world knows that Los Angeles fell for what has been determined was a "hoax." It was not a serious and credible threat like the one that led Brussels to close its entire city; rather it was, as a former NYPD detective described it, a "cut-and-paste" job that could have been done by just about anybody. New York ...Read more
Are you for or against guns for terrorists?
Do people who have been identified by our law enforcement agencies as too dangerous to fly -- folks on the "no-fly" list -- nonetheless have the right to buy guns?
According to the Republicans running for president, apparently they do. All four Republican senators seeking the top spot voted last ...Read more
Trump has gone over the line. It is as simple as that. Demagoguery in times of terror does not require much skill. It is said of Trump that he is popular because he says what the rest of us -- or at least a fraction of a minority of the rest of us -- only think to ourselves. But of course, even presuming we all have such thoughts, there is a ...Read more
Being nice is, for better or worse, not a qualification for the presidency. "Nice" is not a term one often heard associated with Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon, both -- in their ways, and with obvious limits -- highly effective presidents.
But I don't remember reading quotes about either Nixon or Johnson from those close to them describing ...Read more
After so many acts of horror, it still stands as one of the most horrible. The Olympics -- a symbol of international cooperation, young men and women from around the world joined together by the pursuit of excellence -- succumbing to the politics of hatred and terror. For those who cannot remember, I'm referring to the Palestine Liberation ...Read more
With images of the carnage in Paris and the shuttering of Brussels flashing on every screen, it is hard to take to heart the president's urgings not to give in to fear. A global terror alert does not help. The front-page pictures of all the homegrown terrorists make it harder still. How could these young men have grown up among us, as ...Read more