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


    Digesting Paul Ryan

    The central point for those few Republicans who wanted a more cautious choice for Vice President: the highly successful CEO has hired a brilliant Sales Vice President. Consider: 1. Mitt Romey has solved the problem of boring people by getting bogged down in the details of budgets. If he is going to win, somebody has to explain entitlement reform, tax reform, and the economic folly | Read More »

    The Great Polling Scandal

    Those looking beyond Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Madow for political predictions turn to polls. Unfortunately, the integrity of pollsters can be as bereft as the Senate Majority Leader, the president’s Super Pac, and the Huffington Post.  Let’s take the recent New York Times / CBS / Quinnipiac presidential poll of swing states as an example. The troubling (for conservatives) polls released on August 1, show | Read More »

    Predicting the Senate

    With America’s most despised politician Nancy Pelosi speaking inanely about Romney’s NAACP appearance and exploited Jewish Republicans, there is virtually no chance that the voters in the 435 Congressional districts will make her speaker again. It would be nice if some of her magic could rub off on the Senate. The current Senate has 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans, and 2 independents who caucus with the | Read More »

    Mitt’s Polish Connection

    As the political discussion shifts for a moment to the international stage the Romney camp’s hope is to capitalize on Mitt’s role in saving the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and stress his two foreign policy themes: he will be a stronger military and diplomatic leader of the Free World; and he will be a more reliable partner for our long term allies. Beyond the Olympics, | Read More »

    Mitt’s Excellent Adventure

    With the business-ignorant president howling about the timing of Mitt Romney’s leave of absence from Bain to save the 2002 Olympics, and some conservatives arguing for a “tax records for college transcripts” challenge, it is useful to take a step back and look at the broader campaign. The highlights: –  Romney navigated the primaries despite a series of media-hyped alternatives and the Obama campaign’s active | Read More »

    Veepstakes – Condi

    On the great parlor game of VP prognostication I am an outlier, along with Bill Kristol. Like many, I am looking for clues and rationale, but I don’t come up with the conventional wisdom, As for clues: –  Ann Romney’s comment that a woman was in the VP mix was not some off-handed throw-away. In the one discussion that I have had with her, Mrs. | Read More »

    RomneyCare 3.0

    Well, I’ve spent a week away from sharp objects, reading as much about John Roberts’ decision as I could, and listening to as many opinions as I could stand. Here’s mine. We are less free, less prosperous, and probably more equal. Liberals like that trade-off; conservatives not so much. Reagan was right: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass | Read More »

    Stealing From the Kids

    Karl Marx and the Obama campaign believe that personal economic benefit drives the politics of the huddled masses; the proletariat just need to be educated by the Party about how the State can eliminate their exploitation by the 1%. Let’s consider how this “economic self interest” narrative applies to today’s kids. (Anybody under 30 is a kid in my world.) 1. Jobs. As bad as | Read More »

    Cooperation – Washington Style

    Let’s make this simple. The American public wants political leaders who work across the aisle to get things done. Barack Obama has not shown a proclivity to work with Congress, even when it was controlled by Democrats. To the dismay of some conservatives, Mitt Romney governed Massachusetts as a joint venture with the dominant Democrats. The polling numbers would vary by specific subject but, in | Read More »

    Vindicating Joe “You Lie” Wilson

    When Congressman Joe Wilson cried out “You Lie”, during President Obama’s health-care address to Congress in 2009, he violated the Congressional rules of decorum, but did raise a question that gets more pertinent as Obama ramps up his electoral rhetoric. Is it OK to say things as fact that are really opinions? What about stretching data to fit your narrative? What if you know it | Read More »