Snooze? Lose to Cruz

So Donald. The Art of the Deal. Making America Great Again. With no organization? Nor savvy staff? Winging it? Didn’t do your homework to analyze the process in each State? This is how you run a successful business? Country? You were out garnering huge crowds. While. Ted’s machine was Cruzin’ around the country. Strategically understanding the game.

You say you know how to play to win, El Trumpo. Yet. Cruz silently slipstreamed until time to persuade delegates. Then he was ready and pounced. Ooops. Maybe you blew this deal.

Greatest Show on Earth?!

This year’s 3-ring Presidential race is out of control. Orange-haired barker ducks as Carnival Cruz hurls swords his way. Rube to the O wears the organ-grinder outfit well. The flying Bushes trapeze overhead, hoping for a wide net. Hillary sharpens her whip for the animal act. Bernie the Clown has stolen the show.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz weighed in. He doesn’t like the tangled acrobatics under the Big Top. Mark Halperin and John Heilemann shine the light on behind the scenes antics in their fantastic Showtime series The Circus.

Film Fest

Thanks to a gracious screening treat. Got to see Oscar-nominated films. On the bright side. Spotlight. A wise, poignant, powerful, well-written piece with a stellar ensemble cast. Journalism that rocked the Catholic Church around the world. The Big Short. Preachy pretentious primer on the mortgage-backed financial collapse of 2008. Poorly written for elementary school students who need a seminar in finance and a wrap on the wrist. A plotless diatribe pandering to Elizabeth Warren-ites. Blech!  Brooklyn next.

Nary a flake in Northampton. IMG_1905

Unlike NYC. IMG_1695

Looking forward to NFL fest.

Tina and Darrell nailed it. Again.

Hillary Leans In

On ISIS, Hillary displayed a tougher tone than the President’s yesterday. More Margaret Thatcher-esque. A lean to the right to assure Americans in an atmosphere of fear. Don’t watch HomeLand this year.

In today’s New York Times Op-Ed on Reining In Wall Street, she leans left to address the Warren-Sanders wing. Risk fees, independent regulators, too big to jail, compensation hits to CEO’s. All pander well to OWS. But, broken record alert. My comment on her column continues an insider belief that only if regulators are rewarded financially the same as Wall Street market-makers can there be a real change. The Times picked my view.

DownSide Up

Guess Jeb didn’t like our casting aspersions on his punctuation. The ! has steeled. A bit. Going after The Donald’s conservative bona fides to buck up his own manhood. But. Sui generis. El Trumpo. Let’s see if it works. Carly succeeded in getting CNN to amend its debate criteria. Yay for her. Smart she is.

Yahoo’s CEO risks toppling long-fought need for maternity leave. It teeters already on the precipice of work life balance v. running a business.

And the definition of chutzpah? Cheney. Fear-monger in chief. Still spewing his NeoCon venom. See Jeb! and his foreign policy team.


Three outliers are climbing current Republican polls. Businesswoman. Neurosurgeon. Real Estate Mogul. All have much to recommend them in their own fields, but does their experience tell the real tale. And does it translate to running the most powerful country in the world.

Carly Fiorina re-writes her experience as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, as detailed by Andrew Ross Sorkin. She claims that she grew H-P’s business. Revenues did grow by a bad acquisition. And by definition consolidation demands downsizing, outsourcing and job losses. But, she cratered profits thus stock price, too. Even so. As with many male CEO’s, getting sacked doesn’t preclude them from going on to lead other organizations. Maybe not President. Who knows.

Ben Carson is a famed neurosurgeon so he must be smart. Right? Not. He may be brilliant in the operating room, but his geopolitical and economic sphere seems slim. Sweden and Switzerland are different countries. Semites are not just Israelis. Deregulate everything but banks. What?

El Trumpo is the ultimate outlier from big biz. His braggadocio is epic. Yes, he’s what a mega-branding genius should be. Yet, can his hyperbole act as a catalyst to stimluate congress to act. To get things done. Maybe.