Conventional Wisdom by Chairman Joe

A prominent businessman, formerly a Democrat, becomes a leading candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination with great public support but the nearly universal enmity of the Republican political establishment. The party regulars, while comprising a majority of the convention delegates, are unable to agree on a candidate, keeping their forces divided. The Chairman of the…

“The Paranoid Style in American Politics” and Donald Trump

Cape Coral, FL, March 14, 2016 Everyone of a certain age who took history or political science classes in the mid-1960’s had an assigned reading list which included “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,”  a book by Professor Richard Hofstadter, named after its title essay which was originally an article in the November, 1964 issue…

Understanding the “Watchman” Atticus

WSJ Letters, July 30, 2015 “Go Set a Watchman” does not present a different Atticus Finch from the one we all admired in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (“Don’t Mourn Atticus Finch,” by Peggy Noonan, Declarations, July 25). The devotion of “Mockingbird” Atticus is to the law, not to equality of the races. His passionate argument…