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


    2015: A Time to Govern

                                                     Ecclesiastes 3      To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, | Read More »

    The Bill Clinton Factor

    At this point the 2016 Republican presidential conjecture is about the horse race. On the Democrat side the biggest question is how Bill fits into the plan. How can Hillary and the “labor Democrat” machine harness the “good old days” without the baggage? How can she tap into the best political skills in the party without giving up center stage?  This week President Clinton made a | Read More »

    Campaign 2016:The Domestic Theme

    It is not clear where the decision is made – in David Axelrod’s Chicago apartment, in the editorial room of the New York Times, in the Harvard faculty lounge, or at a George Soros-funded think tank, but it has definitely been decided. It has made its way into the State of the Union; it is undoubtedly on some liberal ListServ telling journalists what to write | Read More »

    Barack Obama’s Last Hurrah!

    Tuesday’s State of the Union address was the last time anybody will be listening to this century’s most gifted political speaker. Next year all of the Democrats will be fawning around Hillary (or whoever) and all of the Republicans will be looking for talking points for their presidential debates. President Obama’s ideology is too far left for the majority of the country, his executive skills and interest are deplorable, and | Read More »

    The Secure Republican Senate

    Back in November when it appeared that the Republicans might narrowly win the Senate, there was a theme in the liberal press that any victory would be short-lived as the Republicans would have to defend 24 seats in 2016 and the Democrats only 10. Since then Republican prospects have increased measurably: the Republican majority is 54-46, and, while early, the 2016 prospects look good in most of the competitive | Read More »

    Jeb Bush: First From the Gate

    With his December 16, Facebook announcement that he will “actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States” and establish a Leadership PAC to allow supporters to make financial contributions, Jeb Bush has brought a high degree of urgency to contenders for the Establishment Wing of the Republican Party. The conservatives and populists will have time to sort their candidates, but the race for donors and | Read More »

    Congress: The Return of “Regular Order”

    There is good reason to believe that the coming Republican Congress will be able to demonstrate that the GOP knows how to govern effectively and can be trusted with the presidency in 2016. In fact, this may be easier than it looks. Without knowing or caring how the plumbing really works, the public has given Congress an approval rating of 10 to 15% in recent | Read More »

    Defending the Defenders

    The behavior of the intelligence community post – 9/11 is a serious subject, requiring an honest and sometimes painful discussion. Ditto the relationship between local police forces and minority communities. Unfortunately, there is more upside for provocateurs like Al Sharpton and Sean Hannity in sensationalizing alleged misbehavior than in addressing the difficult realities, while politicians such as Diane Feinstein are so focused on their objectives that they do not | Read More »

    The California Delusion

    During a recent discussion of election results an experienced senior California Democratic leader reflected on how dominant Democrats remain in California and (I believe sincerely) how national Republicans are on the brink of irrelevence. Acknowledging much of the prior, I was stunned by the latter claim and have thought a bit about the mindset of California Democrats. First, California from a Republican point of view: – This | Read More »

    Secretary Hagel’s Sacking: Two Views

    Monday, November 24, was a momentous day. Judging from CNN and Fox News the decision to not prosecute Officer Wilson in Ferguson was the only thing that happened that day. In Boston, it was the signing of free agents Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to long term Red Sox contracts. Viewed from Moscow or the Islamic State, the big news was the forced resignation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. I. | Read More »