The two political parties are fractured. While there is no viable third party to collect the disaffected, each of the parties, as institutions, are weaker than at any point in recent history. A recent poll by the respected Pew organization divided Americans into eight different constituencies...Read More
For better or worse, Donald J. Trump’s demeanor dominates his presidency. He appears as a man with a burning need to respond to every issue, blowback and challenge—he needs to “pick his spots;”...Read More
In my role as an observer—here are winning strategies for Democrats and Republicans.
Last week, Governor John Kasich publicly suggested that the Democratic Party is squandering a “golden opportunity” to win elections because of their failure to stand for anything except being the anti-Trump party. The Governor is dead on. Resistance alone is insufficient...Read More
Donald Trump was a de facto independent during the Republican primaries; he succeeded in
large part by belittling his fellow Republican candidates. It worked. Trump continued the attacks
against Hillary Clinton, turning the general election as a referendum between the least offensive
candidate. Trump was not Hillary and the strategy worked again...
“The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally; not a 20 percent traitor,” President Ronald Reagan. Loyalty to one’s political party is a constant debate. Currently, intellectuals at both ends of the political spectrum are offering conflicting advice...Read More
2016 was Clinton vs. Trump. 2017 is Trump vs. Republican Senators McCain, McConnell, Flake, Murkowski and his own Attorney General Sessions.
Why is the President so intent to challenge and dismiss leaders from his own party? Is this part of a grand and brilliant strategy?Read More
How did we lose to him?
That is the question that haunts the Democratic Party in the era of Trump. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was roundly criticized when he dared to answer that question. While impolite, he was accurate in citing the unpopularity of Hillary Clinton as one of the main causes...Read More
Life imitates art.
Kid Rock, the Michigan based rock star, has launched a voter registration drive to lay the groundwork for a possible run against United States Senator Debbie Stabenow. In my upcoming novel Roll the Dice, Tyler Sloan, a member of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, leaves the Las Vegas stage to campaign for Nevada’s United States Senate seat...Read More
Despite having raised more than $30 million, the recent loss in Georgia by Democrat Jon Ossoff further confirms the two major failures that plague Democrats. First, the Party lacks a substantive, optimistic policy agenda and need to cease the fixation on identity politics...Read More
Shattered is the first book to chronicle the seemingly impossible—how Hillary Clinton’s campaign spent over $500 million and lost to the, under-funded, insult-driven, chaotic, Donald Trump campaign. While trumpets blared in the media with praise for the supposedly “well-oiled” Clinton machine, the book’s authors, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, reveal the Clinton campaign’s depths of dysfunction...Read More
Los Angeles has learned the lessons of its own history. Hosting the Olympic Games for any municipality can be a financially precarious, high wire walk across the tightrope. Yet if staged with fiscal prudence, the Games can infuse a city with two weeks of inspiration, excitement and a brief moment of international cooperation...Read More
Government attempts to provide healthcare to over 300 million Americans is a noble goal. The first effort was in Teddy Roosevelt’s 1912 Progressive Party platform that “sickness insurance” should be guaranteed by the states. TR lost and the issue has bedeviled Democrats and Republicans ever since.Read More
Before focusing on the results in Georgia, last month’s Congressional special election in Kansas bears another look. Kansas Republican Ron Estes won with an underwhelming eight point margin. In 2016 Republicans dominated the district’s election; President Trump carried the district by 27 points and former Congressman, now CIA director Mike Pompeo by 31 points...Read More
The night after the election, my wife and I celebrated my birthday with a dinner at a new, trendy Italian restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. The charming waitress took our orders and then ever-so-pleasantly refused my wife’s request that the chef sprinkle Parmesan cheese across her linguine...Read More