July 2015: The Worst Video Media Disaster

Donald Trump’s knack for getting media attention has catapulted him to the top of the Republican polls.

But whether you love him or loathe him, his dismissive comments about Senator John McCain being captured as a POW during the Vietnam War were awful and deserving of this month’s worst video media disaster recognition.

Of course, this post is probably beside the point. I can’t shake the feeling that Trump will be the first person in the history of the “worst video media disaster” series who relishes—and is somehow strengthened by—earning the title.


The 10 Worst Media Gaffes Of Election 2012

Next Tuesday, millions of Americans will head to their local polling places to select the next President of the United States.

It’s about time. We’ve been subjected to a two-year campaign in which the candidates have been on our television screens for hundreds of hours. Most of those hours have been unremarkable—but a few memorable moments


Scorecard: January 16, 2012 Republican Debate

I know, I know. The Republican race is over, so why am I still covering these debates?

Well, although Mitt Romney will probably be the Republican nominee, he hasn’t earned the nomination quite yet. And it’s important to place this nominating race in a historical context:

In 2008, Barack Obama was “definitely” going to be the


Is Your Blinking Sending The Wrong Message?

What does it say about you if you blink too much?

Is excessive blinking a sure sign that you’re nervous, uncomfortable, even a liar? And do you even know whether you’re guilty of too many blinks?

A post on the Smart Politics website this week analyzed the blinking rates of the Republican candidates, finding that


Scorecard: January 8 2012 Republican Debate

Instead of enjoying my typical Sunday morning ritual of sipping a warm cup of coffee, listening to Miles Davis and reading the paper, I was instead assaulted by politicians on my TV screen calling one another “liars.”

It will be interesting to see how New Hampshire’s voters react to the Sunday morning assault – will


Scorecard: January 7, 2012 Republican Debate

New Hampshire voters go to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes for Republican nominee.

The race in New Hampshire appears to be settled – hometown favorite Mitt Romney is way ahead in almost every poll. So the question coming into tonight’s debate was this: Could anybody else position themselves to become Mr. Romney’s


The Iowa Caucus Speeches: The Winners And Losers

As of this writing, at 1:10 a.m., just 18 votes separate Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. Mitt Romney with 99 percent of precincts reporting. It’s been quite a night.

Although we don’t know the final verdict yet, all six candidates have given their speeches.

Here are my reviews of the candidates’ speeches, what they mean,


My Political Punditry In 2011: How Did I Do?

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I engage in a fair bit of political punditry.

There’s nothing even remotely unique about being a pundit – but there is something unique about a pundit who actually grades himself on his successes and failures.

Since I regularly grade public figures and try

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