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 […]

Obama to blacks: Stop whining and get to work

Obama to blacks: Stop whining and get to work

President Barack Obama, under fire from African-Americans for what they see as his inattention to their needs — fired back at the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus Saturday night, telling blacks to stop whining and get to work helping him win a second term. “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your […]

Michelle who?

Michelle who?

Remember Michele Bachmann?  She used to be a candidate for the Republican nomination for President. No, she hasn’t dropped out of the race. Not yet. But she might as well do so because she has become less than an afterthought in a campaign season where political stars grab the spotlight and then fade faster than […]

As Rick Perry heads for the political dumpster, Ron Paul stands ready

As Rick Perry heads for the political dumpster, Ron Paul stands ready

After watching another lackluster debate performance by Texas Governor Rick Perry it’s safe to say the current tea party poster child is the new Michelle Bachmann — a flash in the pan headed for the trash compactor. Rick Perry on stage stumbled, sputtered and spat.  He started strong then got off script and couldn’t find […]

Should Barack Obama pull a Lyndon Johnson?

Should Barack Obama pull a Lyndon Johnson?

On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson went before the nation in what was expected to be another policy speech attempting to justify his escalation of the war in Vietnam. It turned out to be far more than that. At the end, Johnson shocked the nation by announcing: With America’s sons in the fields […]