Christie and Jindal: The Race to Rebrand the GOP (And Themselves)

In the months following the disastrous November elections, the Republican Party has engaged in a great deal of public debate and internally directed criticism in an effort to identify what went wrong and how to redirect party efforts so that they may regain the initiative. A schism between the Tea Party and the establishment wing of the GOP, always hovering just beneath the surface, erupted into a near civil war, with intra-party conflict peaking during the Fiscal Cliff crisis.… [Read more]

Will the Republican Party Evolve or Dissolve?

In the several months since the Republicans suffered a resounding defeat in the presidential election and lost seats in both the House and the Senate, there have been innumerable articles addressing why they lost and what they must do moving forward in order to avoid similar defeats in the future. Most of these articles emphasize the need for change by citing demographic statistics illustrating, quite convincingly, that trying to build the future of the GOP almost exclusively around the Caucasian portion of the electorate is not only a recipe for short-term failure, but a path towards irrelevancy and eventual extinction.… [Read more]

Sociopaths and Sweets: Hostess, the Latest Example of Corporate Greed Run Amok

A sociopath is someone whose behavior is often criminal and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience. It is a term most frequently applied to individuals, but one that can easily be used in the context of corporate misbehavior, particularly when management makes decisions based on its own needs without regard for the consequences for its workers or shareholders.… [Read more]

Because It’s Never Too Early – Will Hillary Run in 2016?

Several days before the presidential election, I became overwhelmed by the negativity, from both sides, associated with the campaign and openly wished for it to simply be over.  Now, a week after the election, it appears that I am going through some type of withdrawal. Thus, in order to satiate my need for a presidential campaign fix, I feel compelled to engage in what seems to be every Democrat’s favorite post-election past-time:  speculating on whether Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016.… [Read more]

The Monthly Jobs Report: Conspiracies and Caveats, Fumblings and Flaws

On November 2nd a jobs report will be released — just a few days before the Presidential election. The monthly jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has long been the object of intense focus among denizens of the Beltway and Wall Street due to the impact that the numbers contained therein have on politics, business and the economy.… [Read more]