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Harsh realities slam into 2016 race

08 26 15

​(CNN) Ring down the curtain on Act I of the 2016 presidential race!With financial markets now on a precipice and other public events about to unfold, we are entering a new, more serious phase in politics that could easily scramble…

What explains Donald Trump’s arrogance?

08 16 15

​(CNN) Donald Trump’s behavior on stage Thursday night and in the days that have followed strike many as unfathomable: How can anyone act so arrogantly and meanly in public life? But in fact, there is a large body of academic…

President Obama’s unrecognized legacy

04 03 15

(CNN) – On and off for over 40 years, I have had the privilege of roaming around the West Wing of the White House, usually as a member of the staff, sometimes as a journalist or visitor. For all that…

A wooden-headed week in politics

04 03 15

(CNN) – For those who hoped that the coming presidential election would usher in the dawn of a new, more inspiring politics, this past week has been deeply discouraging. In two key moments, leaders from both sides of the aisle…

Bibi vs. Barack: It’s time for a truce

04 03 15

(CNN) – It’s time for leaders in Israel and the United States to call off their war of insults before they cause serious, lasting damage. Heading into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address on Tuesday to a joint session of Congress,…

Surgeon General’s Win is a Political Miracle

02 06 15

(CNN) — There can be life after death — or at least in American politics as we have just seen with the U.S. Senate’s approval of Dr. Vivek Murthy as the next U.S. surgeon general. It ‘s a small political…

Obama’s Dangerous Move on Immigration

02 06 15

(CNN) — There is something deeply troubling about President Obama’s decision to grant legal safe haven to unauthorized immigrants by executive order. It isn’t the underlying policy that is troubling. Just the opposite. We have known for years that we…

Democrats Need to Show That Government Can Work

11 09 14

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/11/09/can-democrats-turn-back-the-red-tide-in-2016/democrats-need-to-show-that-government-can-work   David Gergen, a White House adviser to four presidents of different parties, is a senior political analyst for CNN. He is a professor of public service and the co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard…

The sobering message for Obama

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

11 03 14

By David Gergen, CNN Senior Political Analyst updated 9:55 AM EST, Mon November 3, 2014  http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/03/opinion/gergen-blue-wall-republicans-2016/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter (CNN) — If Republicans regain control of the Senate on Tuesday night, they will have good reason to gloat. They recruited much stronger, more…