Stick to Politics
To the Editor:
Did I actually read an editorial in your newspaper called “Bad Marriage and Babies” [July 11]? This is truly painful. I read The Observer for its intelligence, style, irreverence and chutzpah. As a mother of five, I don’t need to be told that couples report a drop in Read More
A little disunity, please. Let’s get divisive, gang. No national healing-raw wounds, anger and resentment. This is the moment for accusations and recriminations.
As per the routine used by countless other defeated politicians, John Kerry wrapped up a quavering call for unity and oneness inside his tardy concession speech. “In the days ahead, we must Read More
You don’t have to be a Marxist to remember what may be the most widely quoted (and misquoted) passage from the works of Karl Marx: “Hegel says somewhere that all great events and personalities in world history reappear in one way or another. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as Read More
A Democrat who didn’t bother to vote in the 2000 election once said that after eight years of Bill Clinton, “it’s like we were in a food coma.” He leaned back in his chair and rubbed his belly for effect: “Bush, Gore … what’s the difference?”
Even Ralph Nader has since admitted that there Read More
Next week, New York voters in the Democratic Presidential primary will let the world know which of the two Johns they prefer. Will it be the taciturn front-runner from Massachusetts, John Kerry, or the surging Senator from North Carolina, John Edwards? The stakes are high: New York is among 10 states voting on so-called Super Read More
“The lesser of two evils” is suddenly a cliché with deep meaning for the voters (and non-voters) of France, who will be obliged in their second round of presidential voting to choose between a discredited conservative crook and a determined neo-fascist demagogue. Left behind was the Socialist prime minister, an uninspiring but decent politician, ironically Read More
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City: “I can’t sing at all. I sang once in my life, at an initiation or something–it was terrible ! So I don’t know what we’re going to do if I ever have to sing. Now I do have better legs than Rudy, so I probably can dance.”
The staff of the New York Post had a gift for Col Allan on his first day on the job as editor in chief of the tabloid. At the news meeting on April 30, they presented him with an elaborate pedestal sink, in honor of the most memorable detail they’d gleaned about their new boss: Read More
As he prepared for the crucible of a New York Mayoral
campaign, Public Advocate Mark Green gathered his top advisers in his downtown
office to watch videotapes of a speaker whose eloquence and lively wit have
delighted Mr. Green for decades. The speaker was Public Advocate Mark Green.
As the tapes played,
Hank Sheinkopf, Read More
For those who argued last fall that there was no substantial
difference between Republicans and Democrats, life has become a bracing lesson
in political realities. Over the next four years this educational experience
will continue unhappily, as George W. Bush pursues the agenda of his sponsors
on the corporate and religious right.
Actually, the Read More