Lessons from the debt ceiling debate: Obama is not Phil Ivey, GOP took a small pot, and other tortured poker metaphors

From my column on TheBlaze.com Last week I began to write a column asking: who is Phil Ivey? It was a 1,500 word, Bill-Simmons-wannabe, tortured and ultimately failed metaphor comparing the debt ceiling debate to a famous hand of Texas Hold ‘Em. In the hand, Phil Ivey (the best poker player in the world) and […]

Debt and Deficit, Politics

What National Review, Gerecht, Douthat and Phillip Seymour Hoffman Taught Me About Egypt

PICK THE CRAZIES OR THE BASTARDS The choice in Egypt – and more broadly the Middle East – has traditionally been presented as: the autocrats versus the theocrats. We could either back the bastards (Mubarak, the Shah of Iran) or suffer the crazies (Ahmadinejad, The Taliban). But it’s obvious now that this was a false […]

Islam, Politics, Religion, Terrorism

Real Time with Bill Maher – Is America Exceptional?

Click here for the Overtime segment of Real time with Bill Maher. We discuss whether America is exceptional.

Culture, Politics, Success, TV Appearances

Defund Obamacare

National Review’s Kevin Williamson disagrees with Charles Krauthammer (audible gasp!) and says Republicans should pursue defunding Obamacare.

Guests, Health Care, Interviews, Kevin Williamson, Politics

Michelle Bachmann’s Rebuttal

Why is Michelle Bachmann speaking for the Tea Party? And why did she give a rebuttal to the State of the Union? And why did she stare at the nation’s collective left ear? None if it sat well with me.

Guests, National Review, Politics, Righties

Pre-Midterm Analysis on Parker Spitzer

Will Cain, John Avlon, Nicole Wallace, and Ari Melber join Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker to discuss the midterm elections. What senate race will serve as the bellweather race? And why does Will think gridlock is good for America?

Politics, TV Appearances

Parker Spitzer: Is Wall Street Evil?

I don’t know. But I do think it is largely a fee-skimming business. Check it out in the clip.

Finance, Politics, TV Appearances

Angle vs Reid is Getting Rough

On Anderson Cooper 360 Ari Melber and I talked with Sanjay Gupta about whether the Nevada senatorial race is getting rough. I said that despite all the challenges to “man-up” the Nevada race should be an easy choice for voters because you couldn’t have two more different candidates.

Politics, TV Appearances

Is the Tea Party Libertarian?

Ron Paul wins a CPAC straw poll for president. Tea Party backed senatorial candidates Rand Paul, Joe Miller, Mike Lee, and Ron Johnson espouse libertarian ideals. And Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is on the best seller list again.

Debt and Deficit, Guests, Interviews, Politics

Debating Obama’s Message on Parker Spitzer

Last week I joined Eliot Spitzer, Kathleen Parker, and Ari Melber to debate why Obama’s once powerful message is no longer resonating with voters. We also talk about whether the Tea Party has put forward any serious ideas about entitlement reform.

Politics, TV Appearances