So You Think You Can be President?

So You Think You Can be President?

In a country with a functional political system, Rick Perry’s presidential candidacy would be laughed out of the room. I mean, really. This is the 21st century, right? It’s the information age. Is it reasonable to take seriously a candidate who...
You Can’t Milk a Butter Cow

You Can’t Milk a Butter Cow

Tim Pawlenty, erstwhile governor of Minnesota, gave up his bid for the presidency after finishing third in Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll, shocking the vast majority of Americans who didn’t know he was running. I don’t know whether it was a wise move or not,...
Loose American Screws

Loose American Screws

My feeling continues to grow that somewhere deep in the psyche of the American people there is a screw loose. We entered the 21st century as the most powerful nation on earth. There was nobody second. We had our problems, certainly, but we also had a budget surplus, a...

Ten Little Republicans

Ten little Republicans, all in a line,discussing foreign policy one at a time.They lambaste Obama as socialist slimeinadvertently refuting intelligent design. They all agree that the Islamic threat is even more fearful than the national debt. They couldn’t tell...
Sideshow Candidate

Sideshow Candidate

I recently wrote a column suggesting that my “lamestream media” colleagues give Michele Bachmann more love. As the most Republican of the Republican candidates, she deserved more attention, I said. They took me seriously. In the recent New Hampshire GOP...
Republicans Find the Culprit

Republicans Find the Culprit

Oh, so that’s who the Republicans are complaining about, Mitt Romney! You know — the unemployed guy just goofin off, schleppin’ around the mansion, flying around on his private jet, stubbornly pursuing only one job, when he’s better suited to so many...

Newt’s Campaign Implosion

The bulk of GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s senior staff abandoned him this week. “The professional team came to the realization that the direction of the campaign they sought and Gingrich’s vision for the campaign were incompatible,”...
Don’t Bet on Huntsman

Don’t Bet on Huntsman

Jon Huntsman is edging closer to announcing his presidential bid, bringing shivers of joy to the hearts of Republican moderates — both of them. Huntsman, a former Utah governor, recently resigned his post as U.S. ambassador to China (as in “Barack Obama’s...
Mitt Romney’s Mexican Roots

Mitt Romney’s Mexican Roots

As a Latino, family heritage is important to me. I believe we can all learn from the journeys of our ancestors. For some, these may have involved crossing the border without papers, seeking freedom from persecution, or fleeing the violence of revolution. These...

Trump Employs Birther Issue as a Weapon of Mass Distraction

A recent CBS/New York Times poll found that 25 percent of Americans and 45 percent of registered Republican voters believe that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. Another 22 percent of Republican voters say they don’t know. For the record,...

Bachmann May Surprise Us Yet

Hey! How about some love for Rep. Michele Bachmann? A while back TIME magazine listed the 10 top Republican candidates for president without so much as mentioning Bachmann, the madcap Minnesota Republican. Besides the usual suspects, the magazine named duds like Rep....

Sarah Palin and the Dozen Dwarfs

There are those–I won’t name them, they know who they are–who have taken to calling the slate of Republican presidential hopefuls “Sarah Palin and the Seven Dwarfs.” That’s unfair. There are way more than seven GOP politicians ready...

Newt Fakes It

At last, Newt Gingrich has come bucking out of the presidential chute, shouting “Yippie-ty-yi-yo, here I go!” On March 3, that grizzled old cowpoke working the far-right-wing corral of American politics declared that he’s raring to go for the...

A Lying Hypocrite for President

If you find it necessary to declare on national television, “I am a serious person,” you’re probably not. Meet Michele Bachmann. She’s currently running for president, but suffering a few credibility problems. One is that she keeps creating her...