Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?

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?

From sea to shining sea, America hopes Obama works second-term magic

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

Nixon revisited, as Obama and Romney go neck and neck

“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

Clint Eastwood chairs the Republican convention

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