All eyes, or many eyes, are on Venezuela, and one of the people I wanted to speak to was Otto Reich. I have done so, in a Q&A podcast, here. Otto is a Cuban American, whose (remarkable) story I have told from time to time, over the years. In the 1980s, under Reagan, he was our ambassador to Venezuela. In the 2000s, under Bush 43, he worked in the State Department and White House. He and I talk about the current crisis in Venezuela and how it developed — and where it might go. Many issues, some contentious, some clear-cut. Otto Reich is a voice of experience and reason, and he is also a champion of democratic values. Always has been. In the course of his work, he found himself in the same rooms as Somoza and Pinochet. He carried out his responsibilities — but avoided shaking the hand of either.
The Democrats swept to power in Congress by campaigning in a way that has been successful for Democrats for generations. “Republicans will take away your health care,” they said, after having focus-grouped it. Now we are preparing for a 2020 campaign in which Donald Trump and Republicans can as easily ... Read More
Andrew McCabe is a good witness and he made a favorable impression, at least on me, in his 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley. Pelley and his editors did a great job highlighting McCabe’s down-to-earth likability. Unlike Jim Comey, a career prosecutor and corporate lawyer before he became FBI director, ... Read More
Jussie Smollett’s story has always sounded a little . . . extraordinary. Smollett, who appears on the television series Empire, says he was attacked on the streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racial and homophobic abuses at him, beat him, doused him with bleach, and fastened a noose around ... Read More
Pollster and political analyst Pat Caddell died from a stroke on Saturday at the age of 68. Few people had more to do with Donald Trump’s amazing victory in 2016. The Washington Post concluded that Caddell “first wrote the instruction manual” for Trump when, entirely on his own, he conducted polls ... Read More
Making the click-through worthwhile: how actor Jussie Smollett’s tale was tailor-made to play into the existing stereotypes of progressive minds; a look at how fear drives our political divisions; the Left and the Right react to Amazon’s HQ2 incentives, and the scuttling of the deal with New York City, in ... Read More