Michael Douglas, whose next onscreen role is to be Liberace for an HBO movie, is dipping back into the biographical well; he’s set to play the 40th president, Ronald Reagan, in the film Reykjavik. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Douglas’s role is to take place over the course of the Reykjavik talks between Reagan Read More
It is said that on wintry primary election nights, if you stand in a sensible Republican bathroom at the Witching Hour with a candle in hand, slowly turning in circles while playing the video below on your laptop, Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator, may appear in the mirror.
It’s too much to say that we all should have seen last week’s Republican upset in Massachusetts coming. Not even the Republicans themselves thought they had a chance in the special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat until about 10 days out.
But we should have known, long before the polls showed a last-minute surge Read More
A year after his sweeping election victory – and ten months after he was inaugurated amid widespread public optimism – the new president’s support is slipping in the polls, faith in his policies is vanishing, and the opposition is smelling blood.
That sentence could aptly describe the political outlook that Barack Obama faces as the 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
From the moment Barack Obama cleared 270 electoral votes on election night last November, this moment was inevitable: Nine months into his presidency, Republicans are ratcheting up the comparisons between 2010 and 1994 and the media is starting to ask, ‘What if?’
In a story in Sunday’s New Read More
Near the top of his latest prime-time news conference, President Obama acknowledged that “Congress is still working through a few key issues” as it seeks to produce a unified health care plan.
That meant that there wasn’t any specific proposal for Obama to point to and rally support for. We still Read More
High unemployment is the domestic equivalent of an unpopular war–an overpowering drain on presidential popularity that can’t be countered with policy achievements in other areas, personal charm, or any other conventional political weapon. Barack Obama may soon offer the latest affirmation of this.
A few weeks ago came news that the unemployment Read More
Flummoxed by Ronald Reagan’s enduring popularity in the face of a string of unsettling foreign and domestic developments, Pat Schroeder, then a Democratic congresswoman from Colorado, took to the House floor in 1983 and said of the first-term president: “He has been perfecting the Teflon-coated presidency: He sees to it that nothing sticks 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