Monthly Archives: June 2010

What Markos Could Learn from Ronald Reagan

I  want to comment briefly on the recent dustup in the blogging and polling world caused by DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas’ accusation that “the weekly Research 2000 State of the Nation poll we ran the past year and a half … Continue reading

Making His Presidency McChrystal Clear

What is presidential leadership? I think it is this. Almost all presidents reach a point when they are faced with choosing among unpalatable alternatives under conditions of great uncertainty and with potentially great consequences, both for their own political future … Continue reading

It’s Now Obama’s War

Obama, for those of you who did not witness his just concluded speech, has fired General McChrystal, and replaced him with Petraeus.  At the same time he reaffirmed, with unusually strong language, that McChrystal’s counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan will not … Continue reading

To Fire or Not to Fire McChrystal? That’s NOT the Question!

A week ago, in reaction to General David Petraeus’ testimony before the Senate Armed Services committee (the hearing in which he nearly collapsed), I had begun writing a post arguing that the Gulf Oil spill was obscuring a far more … Continue reading

Why Obama Should Not Sweat the “Little Spills” (and Politically, They Are All Little Spills)

The relatively disappointing reaction to Obama’s prime time Oval Office address, against the backdrop of BP CEO Tony Hayward’s Sergeant Schulz-like testimony (“I see nothing! I hear nothing!”) before a congressional committee, and the seemingly nonstop coverage of the spill … Continue reading