One of my favourite Henrik Ibsen plays is An Enemy of the People about the doctor of a spa in a small Norwegian town who discovers the Baths are contaminated. The residents praise him as an activist until they learn the baths will have to be closed for several years, costing their jobs, and when … Continue reading Mr Trump, Your time is up
New York may be the city that never sleeps, but it sure is the city (and the state) that likes to vote. The presidential primaries came to New York yesterday, and the results may just be a turning point in the campaign. As expected, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won big, and they acted like … Continue reading Primarily a New York State of Mind
Okay, you’ve seen the headline above, and you’re reading this post to see if I’ve gone crazy. Well, no, I’m just accepting the inevitable. Donald Trump is likely to win the presidency on November 8 because not enough Americans will realise how awful he will be and vote for him. They voted for Richard Nixon … Continue reading Why Trump will win: Remember Richard Nixon?
“If someone told you ten years ago that Donald Trump would win the New Hampshire primary for the Republicans and Bernie Sanders would win the Democratic primary, you would have said they were crazy.” That was Jake Tapper, CNN presenter, speaking to the nation only a few minutes after the polls closed and the network … Continue reading Sanders and Trump: An odd couple of winners
I always wanted to be the managing editor of The New York Times. Okay, you say, nearly every journalist would say that, but first you have to work there. Well, I had a slim chance to get a Times job back in 1966 when I moved to New York to attend graduate school at NYU. … Continue reading Remembrance of Times Past and Vale Joe McGinniss
I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Abbott lately. Why? I guess because I’ve been wondering what kind of a Prime Minister he’d make. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him, mainly because he’s a Liberal, and I’ve been voting for Labor and the US Democrats for decades. I don’t normally declare my political … Continue reading Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?
Election day started well. As I was waiting for the light to change on Market Street in the city, Mark Munro, a Channel Nine cameraman, waved to me from the window of his car and said: “Hi, Tom, I heard he’s about to win Florida. Is that true?” And I replied: “I hope so. I’m … Continue reading From sea to shining sea, America hopes Obama works second-term magic
“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” That quote has been attributed to one of my favourite writers, HL Mencken, and I used to think it was a harsh assessment. Then Richard Nixon was re-elected as president of the United States in 1972 in a landslide against the liberal Senator … Continue reading Nixon revisited, as Obama and Romney go neck and neck
If this were a three round Olympic heavyweight championship, Mitt Romney would be leading Barack Obama on points. But fortunately for the champion, there are still two rounds to go, and he’s the sort of fighter who likes to win, so he should be able to make a successful comeback. After watching the debate, I’d … Continue reading Obama v Romney: The Not-So-Great Debate
As a Democrat Abroad, I’m worried about the US presidential election. I still think Barack Obama will be re-elected president, but the Republicans have finally started running a smart campaign. The Republican National Convention in Tampa last week developed a strategy that might work. First of all, the Republican hierarchy proved that Mitt Romney was … Continue reading Clint Eastwood chairs the Republican convention