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(Dialogue Magazine) — In retrospect, George W. Bush’s legacy doesn’t look as bad as it did when he left office. It looks worse.
I join the nation in congratulating Bush on the opening of his presidential library in Dallas. Like many people, I find it much easier to honor, respect and even like the man — now that he’s no longer in the White House.
(Dialogue Magazine) — The role of female talk show hosts in late-night TV broadcast network history, all 50-plus years of it, can be summed up in two words: Joan Rivers. It takes just another two – Arsenio Hall – to do the same for minorities.
By Eugene Robinson I hate the sequester, beginning with its name. “Sequester” is a verb, not a noun. This ridiculous exercise is not just unwise and unproductive but ungrammatical as well. I hate the way the sequester diverts attention from issues that actually matter, such as unemployment, gun violence, climate change, failing schools and the [...]
By Clarence Page Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s manufactured outrage over President Barack Obama’s leaked immigration proposal illustrates the GOP’s dilemma: They have to sound like they’re doing battle with this president even when they agree with him. A draft of the White House immigration proposal leaked to USA Today says the administration would offer a [...]
By Eugene Robinson President Barack Hussein Obama’s second inauguration was every bit as historic as his first — not because it said so much about the nation’s long, bitter, unfinished struggle with issues of race, as was the case four years ago, but because it said so little about the subject. Reflect for a moment: [...]
(Reuters) — The reason that President Barack Obama won reelection, as most everyone knows by now, is that older white males, on whom the Republican Party has long relied, are declining in numbers, while women and minority voters, key components of Obama’s base, are increasing. In the electoral post-mortems, Obama’s victory has been considered a [...]
By Eugene Robinson, So much for voter suppression. So much for the enthusiasm gap. So much for the idea that smug, self-appointed arbiters of what is genuinely “American” were going to “take back” the country, as if it had somehow been stolen. On Tuesday, millions of voters sent a resounding message to the take-it-back crowd: [...]
By Robert Reich I thought the third and last presidential debate was a clear win for the president. He displayed the authority of the nation’s Commander-in-Chief — calm, dignified, and confident. He was assertive without being shrill, clear without being condescending. He explained to a clueless Mitt Romney the way the world actually works. Romney [...]
By Eugene Robinson I would be careful about declaring the presidential contest “a whole new race” following Wednesday’s debate. Polls show that most voters have made up their minds, and some, due to early voting, have already cast their ballots. One good night for Mitt Romney does not turn the world upside down. But make [...]
By Eugene Robinson We have reached a phase of the presidential campaign that could be called the Season of Empty Metaphors. At their convention here, Mitt Romney and the Republicans held serve. Romney may have failed to hit any home runs with his acceptance speech, but he sprayed the outfield with singles and doubles. Sure, [...]