Years ago a frequent refrain across corporate and politic America was, “Have your girl call my girl.” Hard to believe from the vantage point of 50 years later, but there were virtually no “girls” in the journalistic sphere to call the men out. Well, actually there were two. Pauline Frederick had a solid writing background dating back to the pre-television era which she parlayed into an offer to draft scripts for an ABC News radio reporter. As to getting on the air herself? “U
We are losing our sense of history. The communications revolution, with its instant messaging, snapchats and smart phones, has counterintuitively made us stupider. The information barrage is so incessant, there is no time to reflect on the past or to plot a path ahead. That is why the way forward these days usually involves a stumble. Consider the national political scene. If the current crop of candidates makes you want to vote for “None of the Above,” bear in mind there
1. He has insulted Hispanics, women, Muslims, Catholics (by attacking the pope), POW’s. There are not that many groups left to fashion a winning coalition. 2. If he wins the nomination, wait until the opposition unloads. You think what John Oliver did skewered The Donald? You ain’t seen nothing yet. 3. By this time in every presidential nominating contest save one (GOP-1976), a consensus had formed in the late stage primaries around one candidate. That has not happened
If the races in each party remain as muddled as at present, pretty soon the pundits will be abuzz over the possible “May surprise”, that is, late breaking development that could arguably upset the presidential nominating process. Joe Biden’s entry into the race, if Hillary and Bernie are stalemated, for example. Another example, Marco Rubio’s late primary strategy. As we have said before, the problem with a late white hope is that it cuts against the grain of history. A g
The current accepted wisdom is that Senator Marco Rubio’s showing in the last New Hampshire debate ranked among the worst in the era of televised presidential debates (post-1960). Indeed polling numbers indicated his stature took a tumble as a result of his performance. Can he recover? History suggests while a daunting task, it is possible. Consider the five episodes that rank on the disaster scale with Rubio’s. 1. “Oops”—Governor Rick Perry in the 2012 GOP primary debates.
The above headline is not a knock on the Granite State. Rather it is an editorial on the value of a primary victory there. Just ask President Tsongas. Simply put, winning New Hampshire is not a guarantee of securing the nomination. Reviewing the last half century of primary results, there have been 16 contested races (8 in each party) where an incumbent president was not on the ballot. On the Democratic side the primary winner did not go on to take the nomination on four