A Tale of 3 Colonels: 3 ran in 2012 congressional elections. Women get last laugh.

In all the armed services, the rank before one wears stars on his or her collar is that of Colonel. It’s also customary shorthand to call the next lower grade, that of Lieutenant Colonel, simply ‘Colonel’.

The all-volunteer force has been with us for forty years. The men and women serving did it of their own volition, which I hope everyone remembered over a week ago on Veterans Day.… [Read more]

Finally….Election Day is Over and the Nation Looks Forward

One of the things that I get to explain to inquisitive European friends is that America’s several time zones make for a very long Election Night. Despite pre-election web-surfed emigre house shopping moments between a nice seven-figure flat on Oslo’s stylish Bygdøy allé and a nice fjord view house on the slopes of Holmenkollen, there probably isn’t a winning lottery ticket in the pile on my desk to bail to Norway with.… [Read more]

Tough Birds

Ann Romney still hasn’t figured out that a national political campaign isn’t her childhood country club ladies tea. It certainly isn’t the megatither Mormon bishop missus’ expected deferential gentility schtick, either. Was Ann the “Stay-at-home-Mom (*maids & nannies)” expecting ring-kissing?  I do realize we usually battle the candidate and not the spouse, but when the candidate’s wifey is out doing the swinging and being a principal surrogate, she becomes a “player.”

This is national politics.… [Read more]

The DNC is Showing the Way Forward

Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention is complete; by sane accounts, it was a success. The mood was positive and full of excitement; the energy levels were high, and those in attendance didn’t look like they would rather be watching an episode of Honey Boo Boo.

Fired up and ready to go!

And here’s the biggest difference between the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and last week’s Republican National Convention (RNC): Other than the obvious racial, religious and ethnic diversity of the audience, Day 1 was energetic and hopeful — and it focused on the American people, not the speakers who, at the RNC, appeared to be priming themselves for their own presidential bids.… [Read more]