Category Archives: BILL’S BLOG

Welcome To The Land of Second Chances

One thing for sure about American politics: We are quick to condemn. Just ask Bill Clinton, David Vitter, Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner. But we are also quick to forgive. Just ask Bill Clinton, David Vitter, Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner. Politically speaking, we are, indeed, the “Land of Second Chances.” Americans love a Comeback…

Do We Care About the Right of Privacy?

Every Fourth of July, somebody reminds us there’s more to this national holiday than hotdogs and fireworks. Take time over the weekend, we are piously admonished, to remember what it’s all about. Annoying advice, perhaps, but important. And, this year, more so than ever because one of our most basic rights is under attack. In…

SCOTUS Affirms Freedom to Marry the One You Love

Profound political change never happens overnight. The epic struggles for civil rights, voting rights, women’s suffrage and workers’ rights all took decades to achieve success and, at many levels, are still going on. But no political movement has ever sped to victory as fast as the fight for marriage equality, capped this week by the…

The Shocking IRS Scandal That Wasn’t

There’s nothing Washington likes better than a scandal. So official Washington was absolutely orgasmic this week while dealing with not one, but three scandals at the same time. Not one of which, sadly, was a sex scandal. First, there were accusations of a “cover-up” in the aftermath of the bombing of our consulate in Benghazi,…

Welcome to the “Stop Hillary” Hearing

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who’s the most powerful woman of them all?” No doubt about it. Not Queen Elizabeth, Angela Merkel or Oprah Winfrey. The most powerful woman on the planet is former first lady, former senator from New York, former presidential candidate, former secretary of state, now recluse of Chappaqua, Hillary Clinton. She’s…

New Bush Library, Same Old Bush Record

It was inspiring to see them side by side at Southern Methodist University in Dallas: Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. For their service to this country, we are indebted to each one of them. It’s just too bad they got together for such an inauspicious occasion:…

Shame on the Senate

Let me begin this column with an apology. Once a week, I pick an important issue and offer my reasoned analysis, based on the facts, of what it all means and how we should react. But there are times when the intellect fails and the heart and gut take over. And this is one of…

Newtown Tragedy Brings Bipartisanship Back to Congress

They started out with a lot in common — Joe Manchin and Patrick Toomey. Sure, one’s a Democrat and one’s a Republican, but they’re both conservatives, both longtime gun owners and both sport an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. But now the two senators share a bigger honor. In the long-lost, problem-solving spirit…

Don’t Believe The Media: The Sequester Hurts REAL Americans

Regular readers of this column have heard me say it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m often embarrassed by the questions my colleagues ask at White House briefings. This week was no exception. Among reporters inside the Beltway, the latest narrative, repeated without qualification, is that the Obama administration is guilty of exaggerating the…

SCOTUS Waffles on Gay Marriage

Over the last 40 years, I’ve been involved in a lot of political battles for a lot of different causes: workers’ rights, women’s rights, gay rights, environmental protection, anti-war, anti-nuclear power, anti-urban sprawl, animal rights, gun control, clean air, open space, small farms, global warming. But I’ve never seen the public turn around and embrace…