| May 22, 2013
| 3:55 PM
Smart and capable, City Controller Wendy Greuel has been a high-profile public servant who believes in Los Angeles and has devoted much of her career to improving it. But boy, did she run a lousy campaign for mayor.
Eric Garcetti's sizable win might...
| Apr 9, 2013
In 1975, when asked to explain why Margaret Thatcher was poised to take over the Tory Party, the irascible British satirist Malcolm Muggeridge replied that it was all due to television and the fact that the telegenic Thatcher had a "certain imbecile...
| Jan 9, 2013
No political party enjoys losing an election, but a healthy party reacts to defeat — after a suitable period of grieving — by trying to figure out what went wrong.
That's what Democrats did in the late 1980s after a string of failed...
| Jan 19, 2013
| 10:14 PM
WASHINGTON — The first time Barack Obama ran, the euphoria that attended his election captivated Kamilah Aquil. Then came his presidency, a bracing reality check.
Hope faded. Not enough changed. But for Aquil, that doesn't make Obama a...
| Apr 8, 2013
Over the past few weeks, the race for mayor of Los Angeles has been less a contest of ideas and leadership than it's been an endorsement roulette, with Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti trotting out their latest pledges of support as...
| Jan 16, 2013
It's hard to recognize the Democratic Party these days. In recent decades, it's been a divided, brawling tribe. But this year, Democrats are one big, happy family.
Sure, there was grumbling from the left over President Obama's agreement to keep tax cuts...
| Mar 20, 2013
It's never too early to start thinking about the next presidential race — especially if you're a political party that has managed to lose the popular vote in five of the last six elections, as the Republican Party has.
Hence the remarkable...
| Feb 17, 2013
We got a good long look at the second-term edition of Barack Obama last week, and he's sounding more like Bill Clinton every day.
It's not all that surprising. Over the last two years, Obama has turned repeatedly to Clinton for counsel. And Obama was...
| Jun 9, 2013
The appointment of Susan Rice as national security advisor sends an important signal about the kind of foreign policy President Obama wants to pursue for the remainder of his second term: activist, assertive, occasionally even pugnacious. With three years...
| Feb 13, 2013
President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, the first of his second term, won't be long remembered. It didn't offer much in the way of new ideas. It was short on memorable lines — except, perhaps, his demand for congressional action on gun...
| May 18, 2013
| 6:52 AM
What is it about presidents' second terms that makes them seem so scandal-ridden? Simple: The iron law of longevity. All governments make mistakes, and all governments try to hide those mistakes. But the longer an administration is in office, the more...