Posted: October 7, 2010 at 5:54 pm
If you want to sum up the challenges facing mainstream Democrats and Republicans this campaign season, hop a plane to Kentucky.
That’s what I did this week, and when I got there I discovered the political world must be a pretty lonely place for Barack Obama and Mitch McConnell this year.
Posted: October 1, 2010 at 10:32 am
I spent a day at the University of Vermont this week, getting up close and personal with my favorite people – the ones who like getting their news from PBS.
In the back of my mind, I had hoped the visit would give me a chance to take the pulse of American youth in much the same way President Obama did to great effect at the University of Wisconsin in Madison earlier in the week.
Posted: September 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Two women I know have recently written terrific books that could easily have never seen the light of day.
By complete serendipity, each is a former colleague and friend. Isabel Wilkerson and I were both reporters for the New York Times. Michele Norris and I became running buddies while working together at the Washington Post.
I also wrote a book a few years ago, an exercise that ranks right at the top of the hardest things I have ever done. We three are also African American women who have closely followed the country’s national debates about race.
Posted: September 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm
September 17, 2010
With a little over six weeks left before Americans go to the poll and put us out of our midterm election madness/misery, this year’s prevailing political story line got a fresh bump this week: voters want to throw the bums out.
This morning-after punditry has become more and more predictable with every new poll and every primary election night. Americans are angry, economically stressed and completely over Washington. Obama. Congress. It matters not. They just know what’s happening now is not working.
Posted: September 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm
Like many of you, I have become slightly addicted to the voice embedded in my dashboard that tells me where and how to drive my car.
If I miss an exit, it grows silent for a moment before calmly advising me that it is “recalculating.”
If only there were a global positioning app for the news and politics.