Tag Archives: Democrats

George McGovern, 1922-2012

By Ken Feltman A few people have asked me what I thought of George McGovern, who died today. I did not know McGovern when he was an active candidate. I met him years later. McGovern was a gentleman, always engaging, … Continue reading

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The politics of clout: Where’s the bourbon and branch water?

By Ken Feltman A jackass can kick a barn down but it can’t build anything. Speaker Sam Rayburn (D-Texas) Late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen (R-Ill.) once remarked that “the real citadel of strength of any community is in the … Continue reading

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Obama’s audacious strategy: Desperation or deliberation?

By Ken Feltman When a candidate attempts to reprise a past campaign or its slogan, the message almost always stresses “continuation.” The candidate asks for more time to complete unfinished work. President Obama’s case for continuation started by saying that … Continue reading

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With friends like these …

By Ken Feltman Often, the best insight into a political figure’s weaknesses comes from his close supporters. The anxiety expressed by supporters of Mitt Romney reveals a weakness that Romney’s performance reinforces: Romney is slow to respond to questions, especially … Continue reading

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A tale of two uninspiring speeches

What President Obama offered the country on the final night of the Democratic convention was reminiscent of what Warren G. Harding offered almost a century ago: A return to normalcy after a long period of emergency. Ezra Klein, the Washington … Continue reading

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