Posts by Matthew Dickinson

 
 
 

Why Mitt Will Run In 2016…Oh, Never Mind!

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Earlier today, Mitt Romney announced, in a phone conversation with potential supporters, that he will not run for president in 2016, thus confirming what pundits had been predicting for some months now.  Or not. To me, Mitt’s announcement was not nearly as entertaining as the media reaction to it. Since at least Romney’s visit to […]

Live Blogging the State of the Union

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Hi all, It’s been awhile, so I may be a bit rusty, but it’s time for another live blogging of the president’s State of the Union address.  As always, I’ll be watching this on CNN.   I hope you can join in using the comments sections.  Remember, part of the fun here is giving some history […]

Why Didn’t Mario Run? That Was Always The Question

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To run, or not to run? That seems, even today, to be the question. Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo’s death yesterday has sparked a wave of nostalgia, particularly among old-school liberals, regarding what might have been.  If only Cuomo had run for president in 1992! (Or 1988, for that matter.) Given his name recognition, […]

A Single Payer Health Care System: As Vermont Goes….?

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As Vermont goes, so goes the nation? Back in 2010, as many of you may know, Peter Shumlin narrowly won election as Vermont governor in part on a promise to implement a single payer health coverage system run by the state. Although the term “single payer” can encompass a range of plans, the essential idea […]

Was Obamacare Worth It? Some Democrats Think Not.

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I’m up today at US News with a new post that serves as a sequel of sorts to an earlier post I wrote discussing the impact of Obama’s policy agenda on Democrats’ loss of control of Congress. In recent days Democrats such as New York Senator Chuck Schumer have openly questioned whether Obamacare was worth […]

Pssst, Mitt: It Takes 23 People to Vet One Of My Posts!

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Before I can post any essay at my Presidential Power site, it needs to pass through a rigorous vetting by a host of people on my blogging team. This includes fact-checking by my team of research assistants, and a legal review by my lawyers looking for potential libel issues. I have a technical staff that […]

The Real Reason Obama Chucked Hagel

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As the news that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel had resigned “under pressure” spread, news stories immediately characterized his departure in terms of a combination of personality clashes and policy disputes. Thus, the New York Times, citing White House sources, reported the story this way: “The officials characterized the decision as recognition that the threat […]