Peggy Noonan, Ronald Reagan’s speech-writer, is majestic on her Wall Street Journal blog yesterday. She lays into Barack Obama over the healthcare reform, saying it is a problem that he is seen as intelligent, sophisticated, in control.
Mr Obama’s problem now is that people think he is smart.
They think, as they look at his health-care vows, [...]
Brilliant column by Daniel Finkelstein, or Lord Finkelstein as we shall have to get used to calling him, in today’s Times (pay wall). About a book called The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election, by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck.
It recounts an experiment in election forecasting, which is relevant to some of [...]
David Cameron made an important speech today on making the internet safer for children, normally a non-political subject.
I previewed the speech for The Independent on Sunday, making the point that taking on Google is a good way of deflecting Ed Miliband’s charge that Cameron is overly influenced by big money in the symbolic form of [...]
Syria is such a hard case that not even Tony Blair advocates sending in troops. The debate is between trying to arm the democratic opposition to Assad and not trying to. (Although Blair, as usual at the leading edge, does advocate no-fly zones, which would be enforced by Nato aircraft.)
In The Independent on Sunday I [...]
It has slowly dawned on Americans that their system of government has a blocking minority in the Senate, in that a three-fifths majority is needed to overcome a filibuster (talking until time runs out and a bill falls). This has produced a lot of displacement commentary, in the form of criticisms of Barack Obama for [...]
Decision day has finally arrived for Americans, and Chris Rock has a controversial take on the country’s first ever black president.
The recovery from Hurricane Sandy has slowly started to begin across America as residents and business owners come to terms with the devastation caused since October 29.
Much excitement at Westminster today over a tale in Racing Post, via Andy McSmith’s excellent diary in The Independent, that David Cameron, told that President Obama was on the line, said he would call him back after he had finished his game of tennis with Charlie Brooks, husband of Rebekah.
A likely story.
I remember Tony Blair doing [...]
If you are interested in American politics, then this account of Karl Rove, Republican strategist, addressing a breakfast meeting of some very rich people on the last day of the convention really is worth reading. Rove does not say anything surprising, unless you find it surprising that George W Bush’s successful adviser thinks that elections [...]
Yesterday was supposed to be one of those days that I was going to remember forever, for the possibility of being pleasantly surprised by at least one of the famous residents of the White House dropping in on the meeting I was invited to there.
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