Sex scandal brings down another self-righteous Republican

Another holier-than-thou right-wing Republican who preaches morality and family values is caught up in a sex scandal, admitting a five-year affair with a much-younger woman and settling, out of court, a lawsuit because he physically abused her.

Now Democrats see the moral lapses of Rep. Don Sherwood as a chance to pick up what once was a solid Republican seat in the House.

Sherwood admitted banging a woman 35 years younger than him and then additionally had to pay the court settlement because he banged her around physically when they weren’t in bed.

Let the public decide


The Bush White House is secretive to a fault, so it was more news than it otherwise might have been when the president, angry at what he considered the politically timed leak of a National Intelligence Estimate, ordered that four pages of key conclusions from the report be declassified.

When news becomes partisan


An essential American institution is in crisis, but the mainstream media is not covering the story. That’s because the institution in crisis is the mainstream media, which appears incapable of self-examination, much less self-criticism.

When a hero needs help


DENVER — A few months ago, Jay Miller had his hands in Lance Price’s gaping wound, trying to control the bleeding caused by a purse-snatcher’s knife.

Now, he and his fiancee hope to help Price reclaim his life.

The housing bust that ain’t



The headline hints of catastrophe: a dot-com repeat, a bubble bursting, an economic apocalypse. Cassandra, though, can stop wailing: the expected price corrections mark a slowing in the rate of increase — not a precipitous decline. This will not spark a chain reaction that will devastate homeowners, builders and communities. Contradicting another gloomy seer, Chicken Little, the sky is not falling.

Political realities limit chances of ‘Fighting Dems’


The "Fighting Dems" aren’t a collective powerhouse after all.

For months, the Democratic Party has trumpeted the congressional candidacies of several dozen Democratic challengers who served in the military. Six weeks before the midterm elections, only a few have a fighting chance to win.

Stupid is as stupid does

Too often, voters make the serious mistake of assuming that political candidates and elected officials are smart.

Most of them aren’t. In fact, many of them are dumber than fence posts. I’ve covered politicians as a journalist and worked with them as a political operative for more than 40 years now and can count on one hand the number with IQs above that of a two-minute egg.