Recent Commentary

Democrats Need to Show That Government Can Work [New York Times]

11 09 14

In the short term, Democrats must do the obvious: Settle on a strategy with the president to break the gridlock, build a new farm team of outstanding candidates for the Senate and House and convince voters that a Hillary Clinton presidency can get big things done. Continue reading

The sobering message for Obama [CNN Opinion]

11 05 14

(CNN) — Almost everything that can be said about Tuesday night’s elections has been said, so with some trepidation, a few afterthoughts: Continue reading

For GOP, a scary ‘blue wall’ awaits [CNN Opinion]

11 03 14

(CNN) — If Republicans regain control of the Senate on Tuesday night, they will have good reason to gloat. They recruited much stronger, more sensible nominees this year — no more candidates riding broomsticks or hurling insults at women. They also smartly accepted President Barack Obama’s implicit challenge to make his record their centerpiece. Continue reading

Vote for tomorrow’s leaders [CNN Opinion]

11 01 14

(CNN) — Like every political animal, I will be paying close attention to U.S. Senate elections this Tuesday because they will tell us a lot about the next two years. But I will also have a special eye on a few particular races that may tell us more about our long-term future. Continue reading

White House blames Panetta, not its own faults [CNN Opinion]

10 10 14

(CNN) — The publication this week of memoirs by Leon Panetta has stirred up a sharp controversy in the press, but as so often happens these days in Washington, the focus seems to be on the sensational rather than the important. Continue reading

With ISIS fight, Obama regains confidence [Boston Globe]

09 25 14

PRESIDENT JOHN KENNEDY was fond of quoting two characters from Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part 1.” The first, Glendower, says, “I can call spirits from the vasty deep.” To which Hotspur replies, “Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?” Continue reading

ISIS war rollout resembles launch of Obamacare site [CNN Opinion]

09 22 14

Someone in the Obama White House clearly has a good book to write one day: “How Not to Do Rollouts.” Continue reading

Young candidates can fix a broken system [Boston Globe]

09 07 14

RETURNING FROM military combat in World War II, a 29-year-old John F. Kennedy hung up his uniform and embraced a new form of service back home: running for Congress from the 11th district of Massachusetts. He was one of many young veterans who ran and won in 1946 by appealing to voters’ eagerness for change. Continue reading

Use ‘safe zones’ to end immigrant crisis [CNN.com, Gergen and Katz]

07 14 14

As America grapples with a crisis of children on its southern border, another image from another time seems inescapable: that ship full of Jewish refugees off our shores as World War II approached. Continue reading