Is Chris Christie too fat to be President?

Is Chris Christie too fat to be President?

Chris Christie jokeS that his weight once hit 550 pounds.  He won’t say how much he weighs right now but the rotund New Jersey Governor is the fattest Presidential contender in many years and is drawing comparisons to William Howard Taft, who tipped the scales at 340 pounds when he won the Presidency in 1908. […]

Still here after all these years

Still here after all these years

Seventeen years ago today, I got a fresh cup of coffee from the kitchen, wandered into the den of our condo in Arlington, Virginia, and logged onto my email to find that our Internet service provider — PSI.Net — was offering five megabytes of free space to set up a personal web page. Not being […]

Good news, bad news for both parties

Good news, bad news for both parties

Nine out of 10 Americans think the nation’s economy is in the crapper and most of them still blame former President George W. Bush and the Republican Party. That’s the finding of a CNN/ORC poll released Friday.  It’s the second time since 1997 that so many Americans have felt so much doom and gloom about […]

Will Chris Christie run? Can he save the GOP?

Will Chris Christie run? Can he save the GOP?

In a political season of come-and-go GOP Presidential frontrunners, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the “next big thing,” but only if he decides to run and he keeps saying he has no intention of running, Maybe so, maybe not. Christie said the other day: “What do I have to do? Commit suicide to convince […]

Google, Facebook go right-wing

Google, Facebook go right-wing

Internet giants Google and Facebook have gone right — right wing that is — hiring Republican operatives as lobbyists as both boost their Washington presence in an effort to influence legislation. Google, long known for its left-leaning political persuasion, is suddenly dumping money into right-wing organizations like The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the […]

When politics overwhelms friendships, we all lose

When politics overwhelms friendships, we all lose

Lunch last week with two friends who approach life from opposite ends of the political spectrum:  Fred First, Floyd County, Virginia’s “first blogger” and Jim Connor, a relatively-recent addition to the area’s population of bloggers and diverse characters. Fred — for the most part — is an unabashed liberal, an ardent environmentalist with a passion […]