Hope in the Political Sphere

One of the highlights of attending Drew University is what is known as The Drew Forum.  More specifically it is called The Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lectureship.  To quote the very thorough program I received:

The Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lectureship was established by former Drew University President Tom Kean to annually bring to campus a political scientist, historian, or statesman of exceptional national or international prominence to deliver a lecture to the entire university community and members of the general public.

Past speakers of this program have included figures such Eli Wiesel, Tony Blair, Anderson Cooper, Bill Clinton, and Laura Bush to name a few.  [Partial List of past speakers]  This year’s series has focused on America Post-9/11, Terrorism, and foreign politics.  The first three speakers included former NJ Governor Thomas Kean (also former president of Drew and head of the 9/11 commission), former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, and Foreign Affairs analyst Robin Wright.

Tonight, it was my pleasure and privilege to attend the final lecturer of this series, former US Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert Gates.

“I think it’s a terrible shame that politics has become show business.”
~Sydney Pollack~ (more…)

GOP Insiders Say Race Is Over, But Do Voters Agree? (The Note)

ap mitt romney jef 120329 wblog GOP Insiders Say Race Is Over, But Do Voters Agree? (The Note)

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By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — When we look back on this year’s Wisconsin primary, we’ll probably think of it as the moment when everything changed

The Badger State, which holds the most consequential of today’s three primaries , represents the culmination of Mitt Romney’s two-part strategy to swamp his opponent on the television airwaves and to circle the Republican Party wagons around him.

The Romney campaign and the pro-Romney super PAC have accomplished the first goal — far outspending Rick Santorum and his allies here. And endorsements over the last week by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Paul Ryan have pumped up Romney’s inevitability argument.

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