Holding Up A Mirror to America

"One of the functions of elections is to hold up a mirror to society and to reflect what voters are feeling and what they want through the electoral process. And those feelings of anger and anxiety coming to the surface are defining the 2016 elections." -- Mara Liasson, National Public Radio, "Here's Why Voters Are … Continue reading Holding Up A Mirror to America

Frontrunners A Year Before Nomination Rarely Last

So, in the summer of 2015, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush are frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, and Hillary Clinton is the Democrats' frontrunner. Remember that in the summer and fall of 1963, John F. Kennedy was the expected Democratic candidate for re-election in 1964. Until the winter of 1968, most thought … Continue reading Frontrunners A Year Before Nomination Rarely Last

‘What It Takes’ To Write A Classic on American Politics: Empathy

After the death of authorRichard Ben Cramer at age 62 on January 7, 2013, I¬†downloaded the first two chapters of his classic,What It Takes: the Road to the White House, published in 1992, for a re-read. Many critics have said it's the best book on presidential politics ever written, and required reading for students of … Continue reading ‘What It Takes’ To Write A Classic on American Politics: Empathy

Theodore H. White: In Awe of American Democracy

In addition to "What It Takes," the other political campaign classics are, of course, Theodore White'sMaking of the President 1960;¬†Making of the President 1964, 1968 and 1972. I'm glad to see that new editions of these books have been released (including as ebooks) and they are still required reading by students of politics and history. … Continue reading Theodore H. White: In Awe of American Democracy