Barack Obama is a happy, happy man today. He trounced his rivals for the Democratic nomination yesterday in South Carolina, and has the wind at his back as the rest of us all trudge toward Super Tuesday. Tenured Radical has a post up that notes Caroline Kennedy’s endorsement of Obama this morning in the New York Times. The Radical … Continue reading Barack and Roll
To all of the very worried Democrats and Republicans fretting and rubbing their hands about the possible end of the filibuster: who cares? The filibuster is a patently anti-democratic parliamentary tactic that should never have existed. The senate is anti-democratic enough to begin with that we don’t need to include all of these bullcrap measures … Continue reading Filibuster this.
LOLsobs for political blogger and trained historian Joshua Micah Marshall, whose eight year-old son was pulled aside for extra scrutiny at Kennedy airport last night in New York: Someone either from the airport or perhaps the TSA (I think not actually CBP [Customs & Border Patrol]) kept asking/insisting* repeatedly suggesting that the rest of the … Continue reading Oh, FFS! Security theater harassment of U.S. families.
David Remnick, “An American Tragedy:” Hillary Clinton was a flawed candidate but a resilient, intelligent, and competent leader, who never overcame her image among millions of voters as untrustworthy and entitled. Some of this was the result of her ingrown instinct for suspicion, developed over the years after one bogus “scandal” after another. And yet, … Continue reading Sad.
What a surprise! Who among us ever would have forseen this? I’m not mocking Rebecca Traister; I truly appreciate her analysis this year and am glad she’s finally getting the teevee time she and her–well, our–ideas deserve. Men’s marital infidelity and sexual adventurism, even sexual abuse, is fundamentally knitted into the spoils successful male pols … Continue reading “An Election All About Sex & Gender.” Who ever would have predicted this?
Modern and mostly secular folks probably wouldn’t think that religious people might teach us something about politics and leadership. But there are important lessons about leadership found in my study of a seventeenth- and eighteenth-century religious order over the course of 150 years or so. After all, Catholic women religious have been electing their leadership … Continue reading Three lessons on women’s leadership from inside an Ursuline convent
Go read and consider Michelle Goldberg’s analysis of “The Hillary Haters” at Slate. The nut: Few people dislike Hillary Clinton for being too moralistic anymore. In trying to understand the seemingly eternal phenomenon of Hillary hatred, I’ve spoken to people all around America who revile her. I’ve interviewed Trump supporters, conventional conservatives, Bernie Sanders fans, … Continue reading Generation and gender in “hating” Hillary Clinton
Commentators everywhere were amazed by the fact that Hillary Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wore similar shades of blue at a campaign event last week in Cincinnati. (Actually, I’d say Clinton’s suit was periwinkle, and it’s obvious that Warren is wearing only a blue jacket, not a suit.) Nevertheless, we should consider the role … Continue reading Matching blue suits: failing the test of presidential leadership.
UPDATED ALREADY! See what happened below. I was contacted by an editor at The Huffington Post this week about re-publishing the blog post I published after last week’s primary elections, “A revolution happened last night and no one noticed,” in which I commented on the ignoring or merely grudging acknowledgement of Hillary Clinton’s pathbreaking, historic … Continue reading The high price of moral principles: why you will not see me at The Huffington Post
How’s this for women’s history month? For the first time in the long history of the republic, members of a major American political party voted decisively to nominate a woman as their presidential candidate, and no one noticed because all we want to talk about is the baloney-faced misogybag DONALD DRUMPF! It’s true! Even articles … Continue reading A revolution happened last night, and no one noticed