Writing Archive

Can Obama Win Warren Buffett’s Hometown Again?

I’m washing down a $9.95 New York Strip with a root beer float on the outskirts of Omaha. The restaurant is on the other side of the Union Pacific tracks and looks like it was built in the Ford administration. It could be any other family restaurant in Middle America.
The only exception is that [...]

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83% of Congressional Districts Trended Republican in 2010

Two years after Barack Obama and Democrats reached their electoral high point, the political pendulum swung quickly and definitively back to Republicans in 2010. It was a political “whiplash” of sorts — a swift refudiation of the way the country was moving.
Republicans reclaimed congressional districts from the New Hampshire coast to the swamps of [...]

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A Philadelphian Rest His Hope on Steelers Country

During World War II, the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers came together to form the Pennsylvania Steagles. It was about the last time the cities united on anything.
Despite both being Keystone State cities, Philly and Pittsburgh have always been cultural and political rivals. Philly is a Metroliner city founded by English aristocrats that [...]

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A Reagan Comparison the White House Wants to Make

Ronald Reagan is respected among most Americans as a president who tore down the Iron Curtain, ushered in a 15-year bull market, and generally restored optimism. Even Barack Obama admitted in 2009, that “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America.”
But if you flash back to this day in 1982, nearly two years before [...]

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Obama Launches Fire Up the Base Tour

Usually when a Philadelphia fan is throwing something, it is in contempt. Angry Philly fans lobbing snowballs at Santa Claus or chucking batteries at players come to mind. But on Sunday, a fanatic who was reportedly enamored with Barack Obama threw a book at the president with the hopes of lobbing it on [...]

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Where Have Wages Fared Best Under Obama?

When Democrats were campaigning in 2006, one of the bedrocks of their platform was raising in the minimum wage. Democrats across the land, liberal and conservative, saw it as an easy political win, a campaign wedge issue, and an economic no-brainer. Once they got in power, it was one of few pieces of [...]

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A Winning Investment, A Political Nightmare

The irony of TARP is that is was actually a winning investment for the government. The loans that were provided — and in some cases forced — to banks “are turning out to be net cash positive“ in many cases. TARP probably saved the U.S. financial system from an even more aggressive downward spiral, [...]

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Hyde Park on the Potomac?

The old quip about Obama’s home neighborhood of Hyde Park is that it is a community of blacks and whites, living together, united against the poor. The premise of the joke is of course that it’s a diverse community of high-income liberals.
While Hyde Park is certainly unique in the American landsccape, it turns out that [...]

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Map of the Day: Obama All Alone in the Lone Star State?

There are two parts of Texas, according to Jack Burden. “The part where the flat-footed, bilious, frog-sticker-toting Baptist biscuit-eaters live.” And the “part where the crooked-legged, high-heeled, gun-wearing, callous-assed sons of the range live.”
Both parts are a long way form Hyde Park.
Burden’s descriptions of Texas reflect the contempt that many outsiders have always felt toward [...]

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Will “Mama Grizzly” Claw White Women Away from Democrats?

A Mama Grizzly is “someone who is watching what is going on that is adversely affecting our cubs, our children, the future of America,” Sarah Palin told NBC recently. “It’s all about stopping Obama, Pelosi and Reid.”
Palin’s metaphor is a not-too-subtle suggestion to Moms that Democrats are making the country worse for their children.  Her [...]

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