Tuesday November 25, 2014
Archive - 2014
I turned 50 just the other day, but I got the gift that I most needed nearly two years earlier, from a couple of strangers whom I never saw again.
Flip through any newspaper and go from the foreign news to the business pages and what you'll see is the "other" great geopolitical struggle in the world today. It's not the traditional one between nation states on land. It's the struggle between "makers" and "breakers" on the Internet.
Already in the CVSes of this world they have begun and completed their unholy work, stripping the shelves of their cheery weight of candy corn and filling them with green and red foil boxes of seasonal truffles.
Yes, Halloween is over. But they were at it before.
It's Christmas Creep. Christmas comes but once a year, but these days, it comes prematurely and won't go away.
The Democrats' drubbing in the midterm elections simplified one of Hillary Clinton's challenges: Now she can strike some distance from President Barack Obama. Everybody else is doing it.
The former secretary of state, who is almost certain to run for president, has the luxury of time to elaborate her strategy. There will be matters beyond her control: relentless attacks, including some from the left.
Is the government's gridlock about to be dislodged? Imagine the capital as a giant set of pulleys and levers, operating at cross purposes. In the end, the forces tugging President Obama and Republican leaders apart may be more powerful than the ones pushing them together.
Now that the usual vows of good intentions are over between President Obama and the elected Republican leaders of the House and Senate -- all vowing willingness to work together to break the long legislative stalemate on Capitol Hill -- the question is will it really happen?
Before the votes were cast, Tuesday's midterm elections were looking like a "Seinfeld" election. Like the quirky TV comedy show, the midterms didn't seem to be about anything in particular.
Then the votes were counted and the "Seinfeld" midterms suddenly turned into a "wave" election.
When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins. Remember this when you hear talk of making the next two years a miracle of bipartisan comity.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, in again throwing previous Republican presidential nominees Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney under the bus of his own White House ambitions, needs to brush up on his political history.