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The purple Michael Smerconish

Lanny Davis
Former Special Counsel to President Clinton

I recall very well the first time I was on the Michael Smerconish radio talk show on WPHT in Philadelphia. He was doing a nationally syndicated talk show carried by 70 stations across the U.S. He was also a well-read and respected columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

George Bush is a good man

3:54 PM 04/24/2013

On April 25, on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, Texas, four living presidents — Jimmy Carter, No. 39; George H.W. Bush, No. 41; Bill Clinton, No. 42, and Barack Obama, No. 44 — will honor one of their colleagues, George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, at the dedication of his presidential library.

A wrong purple moment for Obama and Boehner

3:54 PM 03/20/2013

I have been writing this “Purple Nation” column for a long time, waiting for the “purple moment” when President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would agree on an important position on the budget and deficits. Little did I know that when it finally happened, I would be disappointed, to say the least.

Obama’s trip to Israel and the best path to peace

4:11 PM 02/28/2013

There are many pro-Israel Americans, including members of the American Jewish community, who believe that the best strategy for bringing Israel and the Palestinians to the peace table is for President Obama to try to appear neutral or even lean toward the Palestinian/Arab world viewpoint, pushing Israel to the peace table and in the negotiating process.

When will they ever learn?

3:28 PM 02/20/2013

As obvious as are the fundamental rules of effective crisis management, time-tested over the ages, it is amazing how often the same mistakes are made by politicians and companies in the midst of a crisis.

Time to confirm Hagel and move on

4:20 PM 02/14/2013

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) deserves thanks. He managed to go so far over the top in showing poor taste in his shameful questioning of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) during this week’s Armed Services Committee hearing on Hagel’s nomination as Defense secretary that he managed to assure that Hagel will be confirmed, as he should be.

What I learned from ‘Conscious Capitalism’

11:04 AM 01/29/2013

Once in a while, a book about business theory and philosophy transcends the usual audience that reads “how to” business books — with lessons to be learned by everyone, business people and consumers alike. Such a book is Conscious Capitalism, recently published by the Harvard Business Review Press.

What Hagel and Kerry learned from Vietnam

12:21 PM 01/17/2013

By nominating Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of State and former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as secretary of Defense, Barack Obama is the first president — and maybe the last — to have Vietnam War veterans as the two top members of his national-security team.

Hagel must address ‘Jewish lobby’ comment

10:50 AM 01/08/2013

I believe a president — Republican or Democrat — almost always deserves to have the cabinet that he wishes, with the bar very, very high to oppose his choice. Thus, there should be a heavy presumption that President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, should be confirmed by the Senate.

Farewell to Secretary Clinton, a public servant and friend

1:07 PM 12/20/2012

The fact that she may be the most popular secretary of state in U.S. history is no surprise. All the qualities that made her so successful are familiar to those of us who have known her for a long time: always working hard, sensitive to others, smart, sees the big picture, great people skills.

Possible good news out of the bad news of going over the fiscal cliff

11:45 PM 12/05/2012

There is no doubt that there will be serious adverse consequences to ordinary Americans if, on Jan. 1, 2013, the nation goes over the “fiscal cliff” — meaning, on that day, $1.2 trillion in cuts in federal domestic and defense spending will begin over the next eight years, combined with immediate substantial tax increases and less money in paychecks for all taxpayers, especially hurting the middle class, as the Bush tax cuts are rescinded.

In defense of Grover Norquist and his right to be wrong

11:41 AM 11/29/2012

I strongly disagree with Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge. But I believe his views are sincere. And I condemn those who substitute personal attacks on Norquist for factual arguments to prove him wrong.

Susan Rice did her job – and repeated what intelligence community told her

6:00 PM 11/19/2012

When UN Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on TV morning talk shows on Sunday, November 16, 2012, she did so because the White House asked her to --- to discuss not only the tragic events of September 11 in Benghazi, Libya, leading to the loss of 4 American lives, but also, the topic of Israel’s concerns about Iran’s closeness to nuclear capability, and the spread of violent protests in the Muslim world triggered by the anti-Muslim video.

The first debate: the only way for a game-changing moment

5:26 PM 10/03/2012

I predict that nothing that happens tonight at the first debate is likely fundamentally to change the status quo: a tight election with President Obama likely to win.

The Obama-Clinton center rejoined

10:38 AM 09/20/2012

The irony is too overwhelming to resist. After Bill Clinton’s speech on Sept. 5, the same pundits on the left who were critical of Bill Clinton’s “centrism” and “triangulation” in the 1990s and through the Obama primary campaign were gushing about Clinton on national TV. And many of the same conservative pundits who were critical of Clinton and supported the partisan impeachment process were also singing his praises after the speech.

Obama’s best argument for re-election

11:19 AM 08/29/2012

(This column was preceded yesterday by one presenting Mitt Romney’s best arguments for winning the presidency in 2012. The author supports Barack Obama for re-election.)

Romney’s best argument to win in 2012

10:49 AM 08/28/2012

(This is the first of two columns pre-GOP and Democratic conventions. This will present the best arguments Romney can make for Americans to elect him over President Obama. The next column will present President Obama’s best arguments. The writer supports President Obama’s re-election.)

Aurora reminds us: Two decent men running for president

12:23 AM 07/26/2012

Early Friday morning in Aurora, Colo., we were reminded that there remains in the world the existence of pure, sociopathic evil — an inhuman monster who celebrates death and has no sensations from a beating heart of feelings, empathy or anything other than the glorification of death.

Romney should just release his tax returns

1:13 PM 07/19/2012

Yes, Gov. Romney, that subtitle to my memoir concerning the rules we learned the hard way at the Clinton White House in 1996-98 about getting the truth out yourself proactively, even if it is a bad-news story, applies to you and the issue of your tax returns.

Polls, lies, damned lies and statistics

11:19 PM 07/11/2012

Throughout the world of political reporters and pundits, the blogosphere and social media — left, right and center — the conventional wisdom was impressive: Obama’s negative ads on Bain Capital and outsourcing were working in the 12 battleground states where they were exclusively running.