MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: one who “coaches” a completed experience when it is safe… after it’s over

It’s always easier to prognosticate and speculate when you have the facts.  That’s true particularly when the event under scrutiny has already taken place. A Monday morning quarterback is one who tries to sound profound, but only comments after the event is over and the results are known.   It’s easy to say, “I think New […]


While there is no telling what could happen between now and November 6, one could say that tonight’s third debate between Mr. Romney and President Obama is a penultimate planned experience.   This is the last time the two are planning to be on the same stage at the same time exchanging comments.   The November 6 […]

REPRISE: to repeat

To reprise something is to repeat it.   As in the case of a serial murderer, who earns that title only by repeating (his) crime.   Or a dancer who reprises a step or action during a routine.  Then again, there is the friend who reprises a story ad infinitum. In a political campaign a candidate is […]

SILO: thinking that focuses on one issue at a time

A wise mentor and I were driving through farm country at one time several years ago on our way to an important meeting. “See that farm over there?” he said, pointing to a farm with five silos next to the cattle barn.  “That’s a prosperous farm.  You can always tell what farmers are doing well […]

PRESUMPTIVE: assumed to be the choice based upon available data

Numerous political pundits have speculated that Mitt Romney will be the Republican candidate for President in 2012.   They have begun to label him as the “presumptive Republican nominee.” That title is based upon poll data, evaluation of the mood of the Republican voters, and speculation.   It flies in the face of what every parent, teacher […]

“obfuscation, misdirection and straight-up lies” : a commetary on a political agenda

A posting by Robert L. Borosage in the Huffington Post takes issue with assumed Republican Candidate Mitt Romney, and he does it straight on.  In doing so, he accuses Romney of “obfuscation, misdirection and straight-up lies.”   That’s a pretty brave comment which  risks the chance of being  designated dangerously risky by some.   So I checked […]