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


    Iran In Context

    In his January 2002 State of the Union speech President George W Bush highlighted the “Axis of Evil”, three countries which constitute a threat of nuclear proliferation and support for terrorism. He took care of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq (at great personal political cost). Dennis Rodman is working on Kim Jong Un in North Korea. That leaves Iran to Barack Obama and John Kerry. What is really | Read More »

    Virginia: A Local Businessman’s Perspective

    Amid all of the commentary by “pundits from afar” it is occasionally interesting to hear from knowledgeable citizens “on the ground” who are not part of the media, the political establishment, or special interest groups. Bill McCormick, a good friend, moderate Republican, and frequent RightinSanFrancisco commentor who owns a small business in Virginia, has volunteered to offer his perspective on what happened in the McAuliffe/Cuccinelli election for governor. This is just | Read More »

    Immigration: Take Number 10

    Back in the Dark Ages, before all of the stuff that Obama didn’t know about – Benghazi, the NSA spying on Americans and foreign leaders, the IRS targeting his political opponents, millions losing their health insurance – before the government shutdown, the Syria fiasco, and the Obamacare website fiasco, there was a general realization that Republicans cannot win national elections with 25% of the Hispanic vote. That has not changed. | Read More »

    Those Lucky Conservatives

    For at least a generation the narrative has been that the inevitable march of history has been toward the expansion of the state as a provider of life’s necessities for the masses and the guarantor of social justice, fairness, and prosperity. For a decade or more there has been an overlay that immigration and ethnic birthrates condemned traditional American social norms and political groupings to | Read More »

    Financial Impasses: Political Fallout

    Most of my Democratic friends, like the White House staff, are gloating about how the government shutdown and the debt ceiling cliff-hanger will scorch the Republicans in the 2014 elections. Not so fast! The polling: NBC/Wall Street Journal polls indicate that the public blames House Republicans more than President Obama for the shutdown by a 53% to 31 % margin, that Republican approval ratings are down to | Read More »

    California GOP Optimism

    A break this week from the gloom and doom of Syria, budget impasses and the debt default – last week I attended the California Republican Convention in Anaheim and found it to be quite encouraging. Let’s start with a bit of realism. The land of Ronald Reagan is pretty barren these days. All eight of the state-wide constitutional offices are held by Democrats. Both US Senators | Read More »

    Obamacare: The Penalty for Presidential Dishonesty

    “It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by  deceit.”  Noel Coward “I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you  in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty  out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by  it.” Charles  Dickens I have mused | Read More »

    Defunding Obamacare: Two Strategies and No Plan

    The debate du jour within the Republican Party is not about philosophy or objectives, it is about the best strategy for defunding Obamacare. One group thinks it must be done now, before it gets ingrained in our national welfare state; the other thinks it more realistic to marshall the political resources to roll it back in 2014 or 2016. Neither adequately addresses what comes next. Some | Read More »

    Syria: The Pelosi Factor

    This is speculation. Generally, one of the benefits of blogging is the ability to embed authoritative links – to polls, to news articles, to expert analysis. This week there are no links, just speculation. The premise: President Obama understood that he’d been badly thrashed by Vladimir Putin and he reached out to the one resource who could match the Russian’s political cunning and ruthlessness – the former House Speaker who had | Read More »

    In Putin We Trust

    Like “nature or nurture” in child rearing, historians can argue about the importance of the individual in the rise and fall of nations – the Mongols without Genghis Khan; the ancient Persians without Cyrus; the Romans without Julius Ceasar; Germany without Hitler; England without Winston Churchill. Vladimir Putin has benefited from vast energy resources, a weak Europe, and a weaker Barack Obama, but he has | Read More »