By most measures Hillary Clinton had a pretty good night in her first debate with Donald Trump. But something was missing. Her disciplined performance may have convinced wavering voters to be somewhat more comfortable with the idea of her as President. Clinton's cool, calm demeanor contrasted with Donald Trump's repeated interruptions and bluster. She was … Continue reading Hey, Hillary! Tell More Stories.
Unscripted comments often give us the worst moments of the Presidential campaign. Look no further than the embarrassing Republican debate in early March, when Donald Trump bragged about his penis. But once in a while a tense, uncomfortable encounter can turn into a civics lesson. And so it was when Bill Clinton stood up … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? How Bill Clinton Smashed the Passion Gap
How many times have you heard someone say: "I'm fed up with the campaign and politics in general." That's hardly surprising at a time when media coverage has focused on personal insults, name-calling and partisan gridlock, instead of governance and compromise. But much of this is our fault. Not just the politicians. From older angry … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? You and Me. Our Role in Partisan Divide
The results are in from the latest batch of primaries. Once again, the year's most surprising trends persist: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are doing far better than pundits, pollsters and elites had expected. Despite a furious and well-funded campaign against him by the Republican establishment, Trump trounced his rivals in Mississippi and Michigan. … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? What Elites and Pundits Don’t Know About The Rest of Us.
Ready for a word that Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders would consider to be an obscenity? Compromise. Insults, anger and disgust are in, while deal-making, compromise and governance are so old school. We're all too busy having a national hissy fit to sit down and do the boring, important stuff. My friend Mark … Continue reading How Do We Fix It? 2 Cheers For Compromise
Laura Kuenssberg, one of the new generation of savvy, smart women commentators on British TV London - There's nothing quite as brutal as politics. No fewer than three party leaders resigned here within hours of the UK's surprising election. Scores of highly experienced Liberal Democrats and Labor politicians were stunned by their defeats as … Continue reading Women Are Winners in Britain’s Surprising Election. So is the UK Economy.