Columnists | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

WASHINGTON — Sixteen hours between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill brought out the best and the worst in our leaders. The worst: With just a week to go before the all-important deadline for the congressional supercommittee to come up with a plan to avert a looming debt catast...

Fri, 11/18/2011 - 6:50pm

WASHINGTON — As the GOP candidates have been thrashing it out in debates that seem to occur every couple of hours or so, one almost misses the iconic wink that enraged or beguiled the nation a political season ago. Admit it. You miss Sarah Palin just a little: The wink, the red shoes, the pointing...

Wed, 11/16/2011 - 8:21pm

WASHINGTON — Reince Priebus, the 39-year-old chairman of the Republican Party, got that deer-in-the-headlights look a week ago when I asked him a simple question. ”Is Cain another Eisenhower?” The context was that over the past century almost no one, save for Herbert Hoover, a disaster, and D...

Sun, 11/13/2011 - 8:20pm

WASHINGTON — Herman Cain denies that he sexually harassed women over the years, but there’s no disputing the obscene thing his campaign did last week to a man. After Karen Kraushaar identified herself as one of those who accused the Republican presidential candidate of workplace misconduct, Cai...

Sun, 11/13/2011 - 8:15pm

WASHINGTON — Most Americans would agree that the most memorable moment from Wednesday night’s debate was when Rick um, um, um, whateverhisnameis couldn’t remember the third leg of his own policy for streamlining the federal government . With great conviction, Perry asserted that when he become...

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 6:23pm

WASHINGTON — Where are the jobs? God knows. After preaching for weeks about the urgency of Washington taking action to create jobs, lawmakers decided to put their mammon where their mouths are. And so on Tuesday evening they descended from the mountaintop and came forth to anoint a jobs bill of bi...

Sun, 11/06/2011 - 10:49pm

WASHINGTON — The Hermanator is now the hunted. Herman Cain, the long-shot Republican presidential-candidate-turned-front-runner, has done just about everything wrong since news broke Sunday night that his former employer had paid two women to settle sexual harassment complaints against him....

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 6:34pm

WASHINGTON — Herman Cain searched his memory for details about what might have caused a woman in the 1990s to accuse him of sexual harassment. No, he couldn’t remember her, not much at all. Then again, there was one time, he told me, when he stood next to the woman and noted that she was about t...

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 8:49pm

WASHINGTON — Herman Cain’s craggy-faced Chief of Staff Mark Block took a drag off a cigarette, blew smoke at the camera and sent the political class into coughing fits. Theories about what Block intended have run the gamut from James Carville’s “He was drunk,” to amateurish campaigning, to...

Sun, 10/30/2011 - 4:33pm

WASHINGTON — On perfectly beautiful days such as these, it is impossible to conceive of conflict. How, I’ve often wondered, do soldiers muster the psychic energy necessary to inflict and suffer injury on an autumn or spring day when sitting in a breezy sun shaft is so much more compelling —and...

Wed, 10/26/2011 - 6:51pm