From 1930 to 1960, the United States changed from a marginal, middle-sized power to a colossus and quasi-imperial actor, a shift overseen, as Philip Terzian writes in "Architects of American Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century," by two men uniquely equipped for the task. Read More
Last week, David Brooks had bad news for his New York Times readers: The backlash against the Tea Party hasn't occurred. Neither has the 10-car collision the press and the left have predicted, though there have been harsh words and scraped fenders. Read More
Last Tuesday, the Republican ticket of 2008 had a very good night, just as the ticket that happened to beat it had one of the worst of their lives. While President Obama hit the low forties, and chirpy Vice President Biden was labeled delusional, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., wiped out his foe by a 2-to-1 margin and Sarah Palin established herself as a kingmaker of genius, with a 2-to-1 record in recent endorsements and some rising stars to her name. Read More
If he were a different kind of a person and president, a president named Barack Hussein Obama, who was half-African, lived in Jakarta and had Muslim relations, would have been a wonderful thing: a figure perfectly poised as bridge between two different cultures, to extend an American hand to the Third World and Muslims, and to sell America and democracy to this emerging new world. Read More
You are a senator who married quite well, and whose wife holds title to five major mansions, situated in some of the world's choicest places, supplying multiple venues for year-around pleasure. But sooner or later things tend to pall, and you need something different: a shiny new yacht. Read More
There's hope for the Democrats if you look hard enough, and some people are looking quite hard. To Jonathan Alter and Jonathan Cohn, President Obama is FDR redux, with a noble array of historical feats that have marked him for greatness. Read More
Cognitive dissonance has struck the political classes concerning President Obama, who was hailed 18 months ago as the new President Franklin D. Roosevelt, but now looks like somebody else. To Jonathan Alter, he's still FDR, only better: being two for two (or four for four) on his major initiatives. Read More
An irresistible force is meeting an immovable object on the field of perception, and causing an odd sort of storm. The irresistible force is the growing idea that Obama has failed as a leader on a number of items: "Engagement" has failed; our allies are angry; the oil keeps gushing, his ideas are job killers; the recession goes on. Read More
BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward and President Obama want their old lives back, and no one can blame them: all of that luxury, all of that access, all of that leisure and glitz. Actually, for most of the crisis, Obama did have his old life -- extravagant dinners, musical evenings, fundraisers for Sen. Barbara ("Don't call me Ma'am") Boxer, D-Calif., leisurely holiday weekends at home. Read More
"Women are coming to rescue the Republican Party," said the Hill's A.B. Stoddard last Wednesday, and it seems she is right.
Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina are running in California; Sharon Angle is fighting Harry Reid in Nevada; wise Latina Susana Martinez is running for governor in nearby New Mexico.
In South Carolina running for governor, Nikki Haley, a daughter of Indian immigrants, trounced a field of three men. Read More