Graduate: USAF Academy; Georgetown University; USAF Intelligence School Employment History: Pabst Brewing (VP): Kraft Foods (VP) Political History: Served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs); 2 Terms on Glendale (Wisc.) School Board; member Oakland (CA) Military Institute charter school Board Hobbies: Politics; Financial Management; Writing Author of: - (weekly op-ed blog) - The Target - nuclear terrorism thriller


    Trump: The Case Against Opting Out

    Trump: The Case Against Opting Out

    From the diaries – Caleb No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.… Winston Churchill; 1947, the House of Commons. Democracy is hard – hard for the activists who walk precincts, make phone calls, cajole their friends, | Read More »

    The Path to 270 Electoral Votes

    In this period of intense dislike for Hillary and Donald on the one hand and the tug of traditional party loyalty on the other, it may be useful to see how the two compare in the handful of states that matter – the traditional “swing states” and a few that may be drawn into play in this presidential cycle. There is little useful state polling | Read More »

    Explaining Trump to Democrats (and a Few Republicans)

    Lots of Democrats like to ask “What is going on with Trump and the Republican Party?” Some are really curious; most are just enjoying the discomfort of mainline Republican Party adherents, and gloating over what they perceive as as the suicide of their political opponents. Just one week removed from the pivotal Indiana primary, however, there is a decent response to the question – one | Read More »

    The Morning After – a California View

    The five stages of loss and grief associated with the end of Republican opposition to Donald Trump – Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance – play out differently in California than in the rest of the country which has been going through primaries and caucuses for three months. (Has it only been that long?) With last weekend’s California Republican Party convention and the primary set for | Read More »

    Observations of an Establishment Republican

    First a definition of the Establishment – and it is probably worth dividing it into the professional and the amateur. The first is made up of the career politicians, the relatively small number of people paid by the parties, the ousted politicians who wind up in government sinecures, the army of operatives who drift from one campaign and PAC to another, and the nuveau riche lobbyists in Washington | Read More »

    The End of Hope and Change

                                     “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.” Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) The Republic will apparently survive Barack Obama. We can thank the Founding | Read More »

    The Case for Kasich

    Let’s start with the easy part: It will be demeaning to the American people if we are brought to the point of knowingly electing the most corrupt presidential candidate ever – Watergate (yes, fired as junior counsel for dishonesty), Whitewater, Travelgate, sexual predator enabler, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, the e-mail saga. One thinks of the latter days of Rome with the people complicit in the | Read More »

    Controlling the Narrative – A Republican Imperative

    For many Republicans this is a depressing presidential contest, not just because Donald Trump promises to deny the presidency to the party which has made immense gains at the state and national level over the past seven years, but because the party has completely lost control of the public discourse. Controlling the message is a difficult enough task with a general liberal bias in the | Read More »

    Explaining Trump to the Brits

    This week, as we are in London visiting family, the question for any American is “what’s up with this Trump thing?” When people will listen, I like to first ask about the upcoming British vote to continue or exit the European Union. Brexit: A Brief Explanation – As part of his campaign for reelection as Prime Minister in 2015, Conservative leader David Cameron outflanked Neil Farage’s small | Read More »

    Contemplating Trump: Five Perspectives

    Most participants in American democracy are casual observers; some have a self interest to pursue; many are trying to figure out what they should do about the Trump phenomenon, with lots of mental cross-currents. On the Republican side many have seen their favorites vanquished – some several times.  To a large extent the “what to do” answer depends on which of several intermingled perspectives are | Read More »