3 reasons why Meg Whitman lost

A lot of people are going to wonder at Meg Whitman losing her bid for California Governor, despite spending about $140 million of her own money.  I believe it’s the other way round – she lost precisely because she spent $14o million of her money.  Here is why: 1.  Voters seem to be feeling quite…

Going Rogue on facts

Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue”, which I read recently, is a fascinating book in many ways.   The book told me so many things about Sarah Palin that I had never suspected before.  For instance: 1. Sarah Palin writes beautifully.  She writes much better than how she speaks or twitters.  Sample this (and all this in just…

Melting stony hearts through schools

The other day, Bill Maher was on Larry King’s show on CNN, and in his usual forthright manner, talked about terrorism and Afghanistan and how war is not the best way to fight terrorism. As I listened to Maher speak, I wondered if Greg Mortenson was also watching.  I could picture him sitting in his…

Franken, recounts and Indian elections

It’s official then, finally – Al Franken gets to go to Washington D.C. The only part of this that interests anyone is that the Dems have got their filibuster-proof Senate majority at last. Most people lost interest in the Norm Coleman – Al Franken Senate recount long months ago. But I remember a time in…

Did he, or didn’t he? Will she, won’t she?

I was watching MSNBC yesterday when I got a tutorial on how much hot air passes for analysis these days. The discussion was centered on the “reported” offer by Barack Obama of the Secretary of State position to Hillary Clinton. Here is how the “analysis” went. – Did he really offer the position to her…

Six questions on the Presidential elections

There are some things about US Presidential elections I have never understood. Every four years, I find myself asking the same questions, as the same set of issues crops up.  I have never found a good answer to these questions: 1. Why don’t they declare a holiday on Election Day? Why do they force people…