I’ve always been intrigued with political franchises. I used to study the crime bosses of Chicago and the political/criminal bosses of Japan.
I’ve had a couple of weeks now of travel and have enjoyed most of it — to Denver for the DNC, Boston for APSA, and Minneapolis/St. Paul for the RNC.
Thanks to TWN reader “ces” who professes not to be a photo shop expert, but he has fixed the two typos in posters being waved around at the Republican National Convention the last two nights. TWN reader Julianne sent the original two pics in this morning.
(link to AP photo) At the Democratic National Convention, I was on the floor at the Pepsi Center when Massachusetts Senator John Kerry was giving his speech.
John McCain said tonight: “America doesn’t hide from history. America makes its history.” This perhaps is the truest statement in McCain’s genteel, polite, and fairly unambitious speech tonight. America has in its past focused on major problems and figured out strategies to overcome them.
The question of whether to integrate Turkey into the European Union requires a balancing of costs and benefits across Europe’s entire portfolio of political, economic, and security interests. Expanding the Union to include a state that would be among its largest, poorest, and furthest to the East would clearly have a wide range of consequences….
Here is an interview I did with Financial Times Washington Bureau Chief and political columnist Edward Luce about both the Republican and Democratic conventions and how foreign policy and other issues played. More later.