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Can the Democrats Find Their Churchill for 2020?

When we look at the absolutely crucial role that Churchill played -- from the time Hitler arose in Germany to the time that Hitler’s...

Persisting in a Mistake is No Virtue (My latest challenge to...

This piece is appearing this week and next week in newspapers in my very red congressional district (VA-06). ***************************** “To err is human.” So we all...

Karma Strikes Trump

The numbers have lately taken a turn in a Blue direction: Trump approval numbers, down; chances of a Democratic House majority, up. It seems...

Don’t Choose Hatred (My Latest Challenge to the Conservatives)

This piece will be running, over this coming week, in newspapers in my very red congressional district (VA-06) ************************* What President Trump is doing with that...

Evidence of a Trump “Cult”

On the NPR program "On Point" this morning, the excellent commentator Jack Beatty offered an apology and retraction. On an earlier program, apparently, Beatty...

My Nostalgia (talking to conservatives about what’s happened to America)

This piece is running in newspapers in my very red congressional district (VA-06). ***************************** There’s much about how the world has changed in my lifetime for...

A Win-Win Way for Bernie to Lead Now

Dear Bernie, There are some – such as you and some of your followers – who believe it is worthwhile for you to keep fighting...

Why Trump’s Lies and Transgressions Appeal to His Followers

Donald Trump breaks the rules. For his followers, that’s part of his appeal. Trump specializes in the lie. That, too, draws his followers to...

Bravo! The President’s 60 Minutes Interview


In another blog on the FP here, lowkell shows how President Obama leaves GOP contenders in the dust.  It is not difficult to figure out why. The president has been "presidential" from Day 1.  Each and every day, he essentially shows Republicans how it is done. The past ten days or so have all but been a class in how to lead. (The current GOP crop is unlikely to learn anything.)  Let's look briefly at two events: The President's brief speech to Americans Sunday night a week ago and his 60 Minutes interview.  

It is time for us to lead

What this election tells me is that real leadership will have to come from elsewhere, from outside of Washington, perhaps from elected officials in statehouses or municipal buildings that are closer to the people, from foundations and grass-roots organizations, from the labor movement and houses of worship and community centers.
Those words are from the first of the final three paragraphs of Bob Herbert's Tone-Deaf in D.C., his NY Times op ed this morning, which begins simply enough:  
It would be easy to misread the results of Tuesday's elections, and it looks as if the leaders of both parties are doing exactly that.
It is, as is usually the case with Herbert, a good and thought-provoking column which I suggest you read.  Many will agree with his analysis of the response of both parties to Tuesday's results.  

It is the conclusion of his piece, beginning with the paragraph with which I started, that catches my attention.

It is that idea I want to explore, because I think that may be the real hope for the future.