Michael Barone, a political analyst and journalist, studies politics, American government, and campaigns and elections. The principal coauthor of the annual Almanac of American Politics (National Journal Group), he has written many books on American politics and history. Barone is also a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner.
“About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop.” So supposedly said Elihu Root, New York lawyer and secretary of war and of state, and U.S. senator from 1909 to 1915.
Today it seems that many liberal “would-be clients” are in desperate need of what Root called “a decent lawyer.”
Continued violence in Ferguson, Mo., brings back memories of the urban riots of the 1960s. Sadly, nearly 50 years later we’re still facing rioting by blacks purportedly protesting police behavior. But there are some differences of varying significance between the riots of the 1960s and Ferguson today.
Just about everyone noticed Hillary Clinton’s scathing comments on President Obama’s foreign policy in her interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. But almost no one has noticed where Clinton hasn’t been seen. That’s on the campaign trail or at fundraisers for Democrats running for the Senate.
Politicians have ranges of positions of varying widths that they they find acceptable. Hillary Clinton, like her husband, has a very wide range of stands she finds acceptable, depending on timing and circumstances. President Obama's range of acceptable positions has been far narrower.
The standard thing to say about the various Republican primaries this year is that the Tea Party movement has lost one race after another. That’s a defensible conclusion but also an oversimplification.
Earlier this week, I was thinking of writing a column about the lying and duplicity of Obamacare backers who argued that the difference between provisions providing subsidies in states with state-run health exchanges and providing no subsidies in states with federal exchanges resulted from inadvertence or a typographical error.