Posts by Matthew Dickinson

 
 
 

Bush on Bush, and the Best Presidential Memoir Never Written

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The news that George W. Bush has written a book about his 90-year old father,  former president George. H. W. Bush, set off the usual partisan-based reaction among some in the punditocracy. But I, for one, look forward to reading … Continue reading

Hope and Change: LBJ and the Strategy for Winning Reelection in 1968

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For this Saturday’s trip to the archives we take the WayBack machine to March, 1968 for an inside view of President Lyndon Johnson’s possible reelection strategy, courtesy of an incredibly candid 10-page memo written by his White House Special Counsel … Continue reading

Why Suing the President Makes Good Politics

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Yesterday the House voted 225-201 to approve a resolution authorizing Speaker Boehner to sue the President for his unilateral decision to push back the implementation date of a key provision of Obamacare. The vote broke down on nearly straight party … Continue reading

Does Obama Face A “Competence” Problem?

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“[T]the world is a mess.” So declared former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright last Sunday while appearing on Bob Schieffer’s Face the Nation. But, if the latest round of punditry is to be believed, so is President’s Obama’s foreign … Continue reading

Is Obama’s Leadership Style To Blame For His Foreign Policy Problems?

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It has not been a very good month for President Obama when it comes to foreign policy. Despite his personal entreaties to Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay out of the Ukrainian civil conflict, photos released today by American intelligence … Continue reading

Sunday Shorts: Hillary’s Money, Midterm Turnout and Illegal Immigration

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It’s Sunday, and that means time for some short takes on trending stories: In this earlier post I argued, tongue only partly in cheek, that Hillary Clinton may not be rich enough to be a great president. As I pointed … Continue reading

Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Real West Wing

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Regular readers know that every Saturday we look back, via archives I’ve collected through the years, at a key (or at least interesting!) event in presidential history. Today’s original documents come from the Ford Administration, and remind us that Don … Continue reading