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6:11 PM Mar 26th: No one doubts Nancy Pelosi is a powerful Speaker. But the “most powerful in a century”? Has everyone forgotten Sam Rayburn?
7:43 PM Mar 26th: Translation of Justice JP Stevens telling The New Yorker he will retire “in the next 3 years”: He wants a D POTUS to appoint his successor.
7:44 PM Mar 26th: The other liberal justices would want same. The conservative justices want to time their retirements for a R POTUS.
7:45 PM Mar 26th: Supreme Court is just as polarized as the rest of U.S. govt. Some justices love to pretend they are apolitical, but they are pols in robes.
11:42 AM Mar 27th: Seeing Sarah Palin in AZ & NV reminds us she has got the best of all worlds–making $$$ hand over fist, sought after by GOP & Tea P too.
11:46 AM Mar 27th: But it won’t translate to a POTUS race. Intensity of minority support often prevents broader acceptance, which is needed for a 50%+ victory.
11:52 AM Mar 27th: McCain isn’t given to second-guessing himself, but we all wonder: If he knew in Aug’08 what he knows now, would he have picked Palin for VP?
8:18 AM Mar 28th: POTUS in Afghanistan. Presidents love these secret trips. They grab public attention, show leadership, excite the media, no real downside.
8:27 AM Mar 28th: No POTUS has ever equalled LBJ’s semi-secret Dec. 19-24, 1967 trip around the world to try to find a way to end Vietnam War.
8:29 AM Mar 28th: 26,000 unexpected miles, darting here & there, from Pakistan to the Pope, a daring unplanned failure. Lyndon B. Magellan, he was dubbed.
5:53 AM Mar 29th: Best election in the world right now: the UK general. Tories still likely to win it, despite US coverage to contrary. 13 yrs of Labour a lot
5:55 AM Mar 29th: Health care will not fade as much as some think in fall, but it will be 3rd to economy & natural midterm desire to check governing party.
10:27 AM Mar 29th: Want to separate your D friends from your R friends? Just ask which threats/acts of violence they consider serious. For record: they ALL are.
9:36 AM Mar 30th: Pres. Obama doesn’t seem to understand why he’s the 3rd polarizing POTUS in a row. Ds & Rs have very different visions of the world.
2:42 PM Mar 30th: 29th anniversary of Reagan assassination attempt that nearly succeeded. In early chaos, many thought Bush would become 41 eight years early.
2:44 PM Mar 30th: I was teaching a class when messenger interrupted with news. We gathered around a radio. No classroom TVs in those days. Tense afternoon.
2:47 PM Mar 30th: It felt like Dallas all over again. And within months, Pope shot and Sadat killed. A bloody year.
10:16 AM Mar 31st: Will we ever again have a POTUS voluntarily step aside & not run? It last happened 42 yrs ago today, with LBJ’s unexpected withdrawal.
10:18 AM Mar 31st: LBJ’s opponents correctly said what Pres. Martin Van Buren’s foes had once said of him: “Van, Van, he’s a used up man.”
11:42 AM Mar 31st: No surprise in TX SEN. Crystal Ball & many others predicted Kay Bailey Hutchison would stay in her seat thru ’12. One less contest in ’10.