The Silence of the Shams

Capitol building, Salem, Oregon Politicians talk a lot. You can take their measure partly by paying attention to how little some of them actually say. In my view, the “Betsy” campaign has been notable in that regard. Rarely has an independent had so much money, so saturated the extremely expensive media market, and yet said... Continue Reading →

The Great Divide

A great deal of ink has been devoted to the fact that America today is deeply divided. Most people blame the problem on “partisanship.” Inevitably, each party has its extreme fringes. Yet our two major parties are no longer remotely comparable. Democratic “extremists” want to fund healthcare, education, and prescription drug relief. GOP extremists want... Continue Reading →

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