Monday, November 19, 2012

For Start, Get The Losers Off The Stage

I am a fan of British politics. Ever since I started watching Prime Minister Question Time on C-Span, I have longed for something similar in the United States. Imagine. A president having to answer questions about his policies and actions on a weekly basis instead of the current system of  press conferences scheduled at the convenience of the White House resident.

A girl can only dream.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

It's Arithmetic, Stupid

Former President Bill Clinton speaks to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on September 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
When Bill Clinton announced he was running for president on October 3, 1991, George H.W. Bush was enjoying an approval rating of 65% according to Gallup. At the time, it seemed highly unlikely that a governor of a small state who bombed his national debut as keynote speaker at the 1988 Democrat convention could beat such a popular incumbent. But he did. Following the election, Clinton's political strategists James Carville explained the campaign's strategy with one (now famous) sentence: "It's the economy, stupid".