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Obama: Politics vs. diplomacy

February 7th, 2011

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

Diplomacy is subtle. Politics is not.

President Barack Obama is under pressure right now to pursue a subtle, delicately nuanced diplomacy in trying to influence the course of events in Egypt. That can be politically hazardous.

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The Tea Party: Goldwater 2.0

April 24th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in National Journal.

If you are of a certain age, the “tea party” movement may evoke a distant memory, the takeover of the Republican Party by Barry Goldwater’s supporters in 1964. The two political movements share the same driving force — not personal discontent, but ideological outrage.

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High-minded Obama lacks fear factor

February 23rd, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

Why does President Barack Obama strike so many voters as an elitist?  Because he is, by style and temperament, an “NPR Democrat.” He’s smart, cool and rational — “All Things Considered.” Conservatives do not consider all things. They consider only what they damn well want to consider. Sarah Palin got off a zinger when she told the tea party convention, “We need a commander in chief, not a professor of law standing at a lectern.”

Ouch.

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