• Posts Tagged ‘President Obama’

    Debatable

    by  • October 5, 2012 • Commentary • 0 Comments

    See, this is why I hate debates. Not simply because my guy “lost,” but because “win” and “lose” are potential outcomes. This isn’t the varsity debate team at the state semi-finals. But that’s how it plays in U.S. politics. The presidential election is not so much the horse race of cliché analogy as a...

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    Cotton khakis slightly smoldering

    by  • September 6, 2012 • Commentary • 0 Comments

    Yes, it was classic Bubba Wednesday night, all folksy and humbly didactic, God bless ‘im. And his insistence on facts and arithmetic was refreshing, after last week’s Mendacity Fest in Tampa. So I was discouraged to check the washingtonpost.com Fact Checkers Thursday and find some FALSEs pinned to Clinton’s speech. First, Sarah Kliff, scrutinizing...

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    Going positive

    by  • July 23, 2012 • Commentary • 1 Comment

    How many people have to die to suspend a presidential campaign for a day? Seriously – had, say, only eight persons died in the Aurora shooting, would the candidates have shut down their campaigns? What about five? I ask similar questions of my Basic Reporting students: Suppose Al Qaeda had quietly murdered 3,000 people...

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