How My Mind Has Changed About George W. Bush

I wasn't a fan of George W. Bush when he was president. Bush looks better in retrospect. In comparison to Donald Trump and the fever in the Republican Party in 2016 and beyond, Bush's stature has grown. His speeches were articulate, he had good speechwriters, his policies were rational, he disclosed all of his tax returns, there … Continue reading How My Mind Has Changed About George W. Bush

Smug Tribal Oneupsmanship Rather Than Respectful Exchange of Rational Differences

One of my Facebook friends, John, has a habit of pointing to the weakest and most extreme arguments of those he disagrees with, as if they are somehow representative of all political opponents, that most are somehow irrational. One can easily do that to him as well. It makes for perhaps a good game of … Continue reading Smug Tribal Oneupsmanship Rather Than Respectful Exchange of Rational Differences

Jeb: America Moving Toward ‘Military Inferiority’

In keeping with his brother's neo-con advisors who believed in a muscular, interventionist American foreign policy, including an ill-conceived and poorly-executed invasion and occupation of Iraq, Jeb Bush in his announcement speech accused Barack Obama of seeking "military inferiority” for the United States. How in the world is the nation that spends more on defense … Continue reading Jeb: America Moving Toward ‘Military Inferiority’

I Have Forgiven Supreme Court for Bush V. Gore

For years I was angry about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bush V. Gore (2000). It seemed like a blatantly political decision, decided on a partisan 5-4 vote, denying the will of the American people, denying the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. It undermined the credibility and objectivity of the high … Continue reading I Have Forgiven Supreme Court for Bush V. Gore

Jeb and Hillary Had Overwhelming Advantage in 2015’s ‘Money Primary’ But Still Lost

My early take in 2015 was that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton would win the money primary, and therefore the nominations of their respective parties. Hurray for dynasty, inherited donor networks and America's ostensible creation of a House of Lords. I thought all the focus on last name and inherited political power would be eclipsed if Jeb and Hillary … Continue reading Jeb and Hillary Had Overwhelming Advantage in 2015’s ‘Money Primary’ But Still Lost

Bush’s Supreme Court Appointees Turn Out to be Ideologues

Originally published on my old blog in 2005. Bush, Democrats Rise Above Partisanship in Nomination of John Roberts to be Chief Justice For all the dire predictions of a partisan bloodbath in Congress over President Bush's nominee to be the next Supreme Court justice, it looks like there will not be one. Roberts Unlikely To … Continue reading Bush’s Supreme Court Appointees Turn Out to be Ideologues