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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: - www.RightinSanFrancisco.com (weekly op-ed blog) - The Target - nuclear terrorism thriller

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    Rand Paul in TechLand

    This past weekend Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 87% opened a small office at an incubator in a gritty neighborhood in the center of San Francisco, and spent an hour with a crowd of about 100 giving a short stump speech and answering questions from San Francisco Chronicle political reporter Carla Marinucci and a representative of one of the event organizers. The sponsors were Brigade | Read More »

    Reflections on the British Election

    For the past 70 years of “Pax Americana”, in its contest with the Soviet Union and China the United States has had a circle of close supporters and allies – Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and perhaps France.  We owe our view of the relationship between government and the people – and our American constitution – to the British thinking which evolved from the Magna | Read More »

    Hillary’s Prospects: How Cynical Are We?

    Bret Stephens recently wrote a troublingly insightful column in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Hillary’s Cynical Song of Self”.  His premise is that everybody understands her moral bankruptcy – Whitewater; acceptance of Bill’s womanizing;  Benghazi; the Clinton Foundation; her e-mails – but that it is accepted for expediency – by the Democrats because she is the only one who can win; perhaps by the public in general because we have no | Read More »

    Ready for Carly

    In the 2016 presidential election the Democrats are betting everything on one candidate whose only real selling point is that she is a woman. The crowded Republican field which will dominate national politics for the next 19 months solved its ideological, ethnic, generational, and geographic diversity problems, but the gender problem remained. Enter the antidote – Carly Fiorina. The advantages: – Fiorina is not the Party’s spokesman, and in all likelihood will not be. She can | Read More »

    It’s Still the Economy, Stupid!

    Back during the George HW Bush recession in 1992, Clinton campaign strategist James Carville coined the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid” which has forever since been a major underlying consideration in any national campaign. With ISIS videos, Iranian nuclear ambitions, Benghazi, and a former Secretary of State running, the 2016 campaign promises to have a greater than usual foreign policy component, but Carville’s admonition that people vote on the | Read More »

    Hillary: In Search of a Case

    Any serious presidential candidate needs to be able to make a simple case as to why their party should nominate them and what they would offer the electorate as a president. Mitt Romney had demonstrated mastery of the economic system; Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 87% can broaden the appeal of the Republican party by bringing in younger voters and libertarians; Scott Walker | Read More »

    Obama/Kerry:Peace In Our Time

    These are dangerous times. Politics and polling aside, we are seeing the end game of the Obama administration’s policy of withdrawal from the Middle East. Unlike Obama’s domestic legacy, Obamacare, which can be absorbed and corrected over time, the administration’s attempt to restructure the balance of power in the Middle East – away from our traditional allies in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, and toward | Read More »

    2016: A Call for a Team Approach

    This week’s blog is inspired by informed reader and long time friend Dick Greenwood of South Carolina. The premise: When the Democrats search for someone other than Hillary as a nominee or spokesman, the cupboard is bare. The risk with Republicans is that they have so many well qualified potential candidates that the media will be able to orchestrate a “war of attrition” if they focus | Read More »

    2016: Thinning the Republican Herd

    Reflecting the fact that there are more political reporters than legitimate news, mentions of the large field of Republican presidential candidates are again on the rise. Maybe you will read an article about Donald Trump; maybe you will pay attention to some idiotic statement by an outlier trying to break through. It is a transitory problem. There will be good grazing lands through the summer for those who have | Read More »

    Hillary’s Moral Bankruptcy

    Mitt Romney’s 47% gaffe was fatal because it played into the Daddy Warbucks caricature that had already been created. With even the  New York Times now willing to speak some truth about Hillary’s ethical vacuum, the “morally bankrupt” narrative is so rich that there are actually three varieties: that which she inherited from husband Bill, that which she shares with him, and that which she has earned | Read More »