I. Pregame Warm-Up
What a morning! On Meet the Press, the mad caricaturist’s match-up between the strangely feline James Carville, an R. Crumb creation out of Fritz the Cat, and, from the Bush camp, a gumdrop-eyed man named Charles Black who evoked Dondi as a 45-year-old. Between them was beaming Tim Russert, watching as Mr. Carville pistol-whipped Mr. Black, who just kept blinking. Next door on Face the Nation, we had a made-for-TV movie in which Bush spokeswoman and Carville girlfriend Mary Matalin mud-wrestled Clinton spin-mistress Mandy Grunwald, who kept smiling and calling the Bush campaign “sad.” This was a fairer fight, due partly to Ms. Matalin’s wildcat passion and her determination to leave no eye unthumbed. By the time, back on NBC, that Mr. Russert asked Mr. Carville to say something nice about Mr. Bush (an invitation that the hypnotic Mr. Black took to be sincere), Mr. Carville sloe-eyed across the channels to CBS and said, “anyone who Mary Matalin likes that much, there must be something good there.”
In 1995, President George H.W. Bush gave up his lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association via an angry open letter in which he expressed his outrage over a fundraising pitch made by current NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre that described federal agents as “jack-booted government thugs” wearing “Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms.” Though President Bush said he was “deeply” offended and asked the organization to “remove my name from your membership list,” seventeen years later, the NRA is still promoting his past association with the group in its online gift shop.
Lady Catarina Pietra Toumei — a woman who attempted to swindle the Bushes and the Guggenheims out of billions in cash, bonds and goods — is not the first to don a fake title to climb the social ladder. Rather, she’s just the latest to practice the great American tradition of aristocratic fabulism, a Old Read More
So George H.W. Bush used an interview with CBS News last Friday to decry the lack of civility in modern politics and to brand Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow “sick puppies.”
“The way they treat my son and anyone who’s opposed to their point of view is just horrible,” the former president Read More
Jack Kemp's death over the weekend has produced a flood of news stories about his life and political career. From a purely political standpoint, though, one lesson from Kemp's career stands out: It really matters who a presidential candidate picks for a running mate.
Yes, vice presidents are a heartbeat away from the Read More
With JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs reporting profits this past week, and Citigroup showing far less red ink than expected, some long-awaited optimism has been injected into discussions about the state of the economy.
In a speech at Georgetown University, Barack Obama cautiously noted that "we are starting to generate signs of economic Read More
When Hillary Clinton defied an ocean of pre-election polling that placed her anywhere from five to 13 points behind Barack Obama and won last January's New Hampshire primary, it was described as one of public opinion polling's darkest hours.
So dark that a group of academics and polling professionals spent the last months Read More
John Kennedy's 1960 guest spot on Jack Parr's show is generally regarded as the first time a national politician tried to use an appearance on an entertainment television show to boost his appeal. (James Reston of The New York Times said during the 1960 presidential campaign that there were now two litmus tests for each Read More
Apparently, both President Bushes, George W. and George H. W., had never been interviewed together before Sunday—when they agreed to take a series of polite and decidedly non-penetrating questions from Fox News’ Brit Hume.
For nearly the entire second Bush presidency, a popular theory has held that the first President Bush is, at least in Read More
The take-away line from Barack Obama’s Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press” was the president-elect’s declaration that “the economy is going to get worse before it gets better.”
Obviously, no one would argue with that, and it’s certainly smart politics for Obama to talk in such terms, as a way of tempering the public’s outsized Read More