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Political Experts Wrong Again

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Disdain is the usual tone of political commentators reporting on the latest analysis of Presidential contender Donald Trump’s language.   He typically uses small words in short sentences.   When I teach my college writing classes, I call that style “effective.”   Guess what? The world is not waiting on your every word. You need […]

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Let Slip the Metaphors of War

Posted by Michael Dolan on September 12, 2013 in Uncategorized |

When president Obama declared his intention to bomb Syria, he made it clear the Bashar Assad government had engaged in an important act that forced him to react. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing […]

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He Says What Many Think of the so-called Democratic Party

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 19, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Do we actually have two parties in our “two-party system”?  The Democrats are not doing their job of political articulation, according to NPR host Ira Glass. “Could someone please write a book explaining why the Democratic Party and its allies are so much less effective at crafting a message and having a vision than their […]

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Beware the Perry Approach to Humor

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 22, 2017 in Uncategorized |

   Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, many observers report, has trouble with humor.  And his failure to find the American funny bone hampers his run for the presidency.  This Boston Globe news report tells the usual story: http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2012/03/31/humor_can_help_candidates_ouch_when_it_doesnt/     But the Rick Perry approach to humor, despite immediate response, is no guide to success.  Commentators left and right […]

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