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Archive for May, 2011

It’s STILL the economy, stupid

May 9th, 2011

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This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

The contrast could not be sharper. There was President Obama, basking in the victory glow of the raid that took out Osama bin Laden. And there were five hapless Republican presidential candidates trying desperately to get noticed at the first debate of the 2012 campaign in South Carolina. The winner, according to a focus group conducted for Fox News, which sponsored the debate: Herman Cain. Who? Exactly.

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Beware passion gap 2012

May 5th, 2011

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

“Let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11,” President Barack Obama said Sunday night, when he announced the death of Osama bin Laden. OK. With Sept. 11, it lasted one year — until September 2002, when the Bush administration began the “Iraq War rollout.”

Three presidents before Obama tried to unite a divided country. We’ve had national trauma, military victories and charismatic leaders. Yet division has persisted. In May 1991, President George H.W. Bush, still basking in the glow of Operation Desert Storm, was at 74 percent in the polls. A year and a half later, dragged down by a recession, he got 31 percent of the vote.

Could that be Obama’s fate?

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Immigration North of the Border

May 5th, 2011

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This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

The heated debate over how we deal with immigration is only getting uglier and more caustic. Perhaps, as we try to settle our problem with entrants south of the border, we should look for answers north of the border.

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