American Debate Archive: July, 2009

"A great kaleidoscope"

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During the era of GOP dominance, Democrats dreamed of forging a new majority and taking back the U.S. House of Representatives. They finally... Read more

Indulging the fruitcakes

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Republican leaders have finally rebuked the paranoid loons in their midst. Kinda, sorta, and ever so timorously. For lo these many months... Read more

Gates, the Nixon niche, and more

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Regarding a few events that transpired in my absence: The arrest of black Harvard academician Henry Louis Gates Jr. blew up into a national... Read more

Ode to the sea

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Still California dreaming. But back here tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a Robert Frost poem about the Pacific Ocean, full of late-1930s... Read more

"The aura and the halo"

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Greetings from vacation. This is the latest Sunday print column, with minor tweakings and additions: As a political junkie who got hooked... Read more

R and R in LA

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I have two choices on my ballot today: 1. Write something. 2. Enjoy my day off, here in Los Angeles. I vote for #2. I doubt I'll have... Read more

Snooze conference

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At the risk of making you nod off, let us revisit President Obama's eight (?!)-minute response to the first question that was asked last... Read more

Packing heat, mocking principle

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Republicans typically insist these days that, in order to rebuild their party, they need to reconnect with their core principles. One of... Read more