Blog

The first time Hillary Clinton got widespread praise from Republicans was at the start of the 2008 general election.  In an attempt to attract female Democratic voters who were still bothered by the Obama-Clinton primary battle, Republicans began to say nice things about Senator Clinton.  It continued when McCain picked Gov. Sarah Palin, and Palin lobbed praise on the New York Democrat.  It was all an odd show -- there was never any chance liberal women were going to ignore the policy difference between the presidential nominees and vote for...

January 29, 2013

We all show our age in our own way, and it often reflects our life story. A former high school basketball player in his forties might hobble around on sensitive knees. A college debater might grow more frustrated at losing quick access to the facts she used to instantly recall. For Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, the “tell” was using an old time journalist phrase -- showing not just his age, but his awareness of the high profile he’s carried around for forty years.

Woodward has a column in today’s Post about why President Obama...

January 28, 2013

Republicans in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are proposing to change the way electoral votes are awarded in presidential elections.  Instead of the winner of the state getting all the electoral votes, they would be awarded by congressional district. It is a blatant attempt to rig the system to help the next Republican presidential nominee. At the individual state’s level, the change at first sounds reasonable.  If you win 51% of the popular vote, you shouldn't get 100% of the electoral votes.  But if the change is only made in...

January 25, 2013

I worked in the Pentagon during the Clinton Administration, when the opportunities for women in the armed forces greatly expanded. Women were allowed to pilot combat aircraft, serve on fighting ships, and compete for thousands of other positions previously closed to them. There was lots of loud opposition to the moves, but all of it seemed to me based on speculation rather than facts. Opponents worried that standards would be lowered for female fighter pilots, but no one provided a rational reason why a qualified woman shouldn't fly a jet that...

January 24, 2013

Pages