We are not yet post gender. But watching three women presidential hopefuls in each of the debates helped normalize their presence and that makes it difficult to envision future presidential races without women contenders. And they showed they are contenders, some more than others. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris head the pack. Warren was expected to be strong in a … [Read more...] about Two Nights and Six Women Candidates: That’s Historic
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I was hiking recently with a friend who had turned eighty this spring. I asked how that felt. “I don’t recommend it,” she said. I chuckled. “What’s the alternative?,” “Only one,” she said, “and I don’t recommend it either.” It was the kind of dark humor shared by those in the third third of life. What is this time of life about? What’s our purpose now? Arthur Brooks … [Read more...] about The Work Of Aging: Managing Decline
My 10 hot takes from Night 2 of the first Democratic debate (Night 1's hot takes can be read here): Why is this man smiling? First, wow, what a difference a night makes. Night 2 was so much more intense and engaging than Night 1. The quality of the competition was SO MUCH BETTER. The intensity and sharpness of the exchanges, the differentiation of personality and of … [Read more...] about Debate 1, Take 2: Ten More Hot Takes about the Night of Kamala
“This is more difficult than last night.” That was a shared sentiment among my viewing foursome for Round Two of the Democratic “Debates.” Why? Overall, the field was a stronger field on Thursday than it had been on Wednesday. And it included the front runner: Joe Biden. But one thing was true both nights: the front-runners got called on way more often. Bernie -- … [Read more...] about Round Two: Who Won? Who’s Done?
A quick take on the second 10: My overriding takeaway tonight is that the NBC interviewers did a terrible job of keeping the discourse orderly and respectful. They need to silence the microphones of the main transgressors butting into others' time. (Kirsten Gillebrand and Eric Swalwell worst offenders). Viewers could listen to each candidate's comments the previous … [Read more...] about Clamoring For Attention
Fulcrum is a project of Issue One, one of the leading national groups working on saving democracy from ruinous hyper-partisanship. The movement involves hundreds of thousand of citizens and thousands of activists in every state. In 2016, it succeeded in getting redistricting reform passed in OH, MI, MO, CO and Utah, taking the process out of exclusive management by … [Read more...] about Time is ripe for political reform
TV entertainment now deeply undergirds the forms of our political discourse. In the year 2016 we had the framing power of The Apprentice. NBC’s answer in 2020 is to shape the choice of a President in the frame of American Ninja Warriors. Right down, virtually, to the same set designers. Split-screen viewing would be a true Ah Ha moment. This is deeply discouraging in the … [Read more...] about The Ninja Warriors Debate
Sen. Cory Booker was the real pro in the first debate, a man born to aspire to the presidency. He put slower-tongued politicians like Jay Inslee in an awkward spot. And he managed to drive the more extreme candidates, such as De Blasio and Warren, into dangerous territory. The contest is coming down to the battlers (such as "fighter" Warren and Bernie) versus the bridgers … [Read more...] about Debate: battlers versus bridgers
He's unfortunately going nowhere and the Thursday night moderators half the time wouldn't let him talk, but I think John Delaney made a lot of sense: On health care: "100 million Americans say they like their private health insurance. I think we should be the party that keeps what's working and fixes what's broken... We should give everyone in this country health care … [Read more...] about Let’s Be Practical
An unscientific poll of the foursome that watched the first round of the Democrat’s “Debates” where I was revealed substantial agreement.The winner? Cory Booker. Focused, impassioned and looking right at the viewer. The loser? Beto O’Rourke. Not that he did terribly, but even with his opening in Spanish, Beto seemed less a rising star than a guy trying too hard and in over … [Read more...] about Round 1: Who Won? Who’s Done?