Huffington Post, March 31, 2011
The Public Will Blame the GOP for a Shutdown in 2011, Just As It Did in 1995
A tweet from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor the other day (March 28):
If @SenatorReid @ChuckSchumer force gov to partially shut down b/c they oppose sensible spending cuts, Americans will hold them accountable
Dream on, Congressman. Americans won't blame Democrats like Harry Reed and Chuck Schumer. They'll blame Republicans like you.
One day in August of 1995, Paul Begala went jogging with President Bill Clinton at Fort Myer, the military facility near Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. "It was humid and hot," Begala recalled. "Both of us had gained a lot of weight during the campaign and both of us were losing it — we were proud of that, two fat boys trying to jog off the fat."
Begala, looking at the upcoming negotiations over the federal budget, spoke to Clinton of the attitude among Congressional Republicans: "Newt and those guys think they can roll you."
"They can't think that," the president responded.
Huffington Post, February 23, 2011
President of the World? Legacy Hunting With Bill Clinton
Monday night, watching "President of the World," the Chris Matthews documentary on the post-presidency of Bill Clinton, one sensed a man in a race against time. One day Bill Clinton's in Northern Ireland, the next in Malawi, then it's off to Kosovo. He's sharing a stage with Bill Gates, he's holding hands with Nelson Mandela, he's wowing Mick Jagger. The adulatory film barely mentioned the underside to Clinton's globe-trotting, high-powered philanthropy: his globe-trotting, high-powered personal moneymaking. But even allowing for the time and effort he expends to feather his own nest, we should all be impressed by his post-presidential record of doing good.
Like so much about Bill Clinton, his energy is not that of an ordinary human being. Even so, his frenetic pace suggests that this man is trying to cram as much activity as he can into the remaining years of his life.
Huffington Post, January 12, 2011
Lessons from Pastor Bill Clinton's Lessons from Oklahoma City for Pastor Barack Obama in Tucson
At a prime-time news conference on April 18, 1995, President Bill Clinton aroused both ridicule and pity when he stated, "The president is relevant." The comment seemed to encapsulate his weakened political position and what appeared to be his woeful state of mind as the new speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, dominated the news in the wake of Republican victories in the midterm elections just past.
But only hours later came the event that would prove to the nation that the president — this president — was, indeed, relevant.
New York Post, October 31, 2010
Lessons from Bill: Clinton outfoxed a Republican Congress, but is Obama as nimble?
"I think he was stunned. He got the biggest spanking, probably, that he’d ever gotten.”
That’s how Dan Glickman, then a Democratic congressman from Kansas, found Bill Clinton when he met with him in November 1994. Days earlier the American electorate had treated Republicans to gains of 54 seats in the House and eight in the Senate, delivering both chambers to GOP control.
If polls are accurate, voters are about to apply force to the current presidential backside. If they do, Barack Obama should take heart: In November 1996, just two years after his political obituary had been written, Bill Clinton won re-election, and it wasn’t even close. How did he do it? And can Obama follow his example?
Huffington Post, October 18, 2010
Bill Clinton, Still the Biggest Dog in Town
There's Bill Clinton on television talking about President Obama. There's Bill Clinton talking about the Tea Party. There he is talking about the midterm elections, the Clinton Global Initiative, his healthy, not-quite-vegan diet. There he is talking about Ireland. There he is talking about Tony Blair. (There's Tony Blair talking about him.) He's receiving invitations to campaign from politicians around the country who wouldn't be caught dead standing next to Barack Obama. Chris Matthews is making a documentary about him. All this just weeks after the celebrity media couldn't get enough of his daughter's wedding.
And now there's a poll pronouncing him "the most popular politician in America."
It's time for Obama to pull a Clinton
Huffington Post, September 20, 2010
Bill Clinton Feud With Rachel Maddow Springs From a Legacy Full of Contradictions
Oh, What a Lovely War! So?
Los Angeles Times, July 4, 2004
They Behead; We Do It With Smart Bombs
At an Iraq War Memorial, Will We Weep or Cheer?
Los Angeles Times, Veterans Day, 2003
Don't Deny Horrors of War
Washington Post, Veterans Day, 2002
Honor and Sacrifice: Thoughts for veterans and for the fate of warriors to come.
New York Times, April 28, 1984