Tomorrow, Los Angeles voters go to the polls to elect a new Mayor. (At least a few of them, anyway: current estimates predict onyl 25% turnout, about which more later). In September, New Yorkers will do the same. And depending upon the way things turn out, political and cultural reporters could have a field day. [...]
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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who [...]
As God once said, and I think rightly… -Margaret Thatcher My other thoughts on the Iron Lady here and here.
Musings about laughter and politics from the fireside on a London evening just parky enough to keep me indoors. A vivid political memory: I am listening to an erudite speech by a highly distinguished, venerated member of the U.K. House of Lords. His weighty topic, thoughtfully engaged from a Christian perspective, is the role of [...]
David Hume on Wat Tyler’s rebellion.
Hume on not fighting on the wrong ground.
Politicians crave being the one who “gets to” respond to the state of the union address. Yet Rubio is one of a series of people who came out minimized (see also Jindal, Bobby). Even when they are delivered competently (see Daniels, Mitch), they are swiftly forgotten. Yet no one seems able to resist the siren [...]
At one of those Washington parties where unimportant people mix with important ones and ask them annoying questions, I decided to ask Senator John Warner why he had recently decided to retire. Before I could open my mouth, he shocked me by seeking my advice: “Have you been able to find the can in this [...]
Joe Biden is no joke
Annie Lowrey laments that the budget lines that are big are the ones people want to spare from cuts, and the ones they want to cut don’t make up much of the budget. But the big counterexample–from her own chart–goes unmentioned.