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Pruden: ‘A new kind of hell to pay’

By Wesley Pruden “Muddling through” is not an inspiring strategy for any president. Barack Obama’s administration is a muddle, as anyone can see, and everyone can see that he’s through as a leader, just when a leader is needed to reassure a frightened nation. Ineptitude and incompetence, with a new Cold War looming in Europe, […]

Pruden: Obama White House bothered, bewildered and on the ropes

By Wesley Pruden The days dwindle down to a precious few, and the White House continues to be bewitched, bothered and bewildered. The gang that can’t shoot straight keeps banging away. A lot of feet at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are riddled with holes. The Republicans demonstrated remarkable discipline in this campaign, committing few mistakes and […]

Pruden: Ben Bradlee and the end of a rowdy era

By Wesley Pruden The obituaries for Ben Bradlee, who died this week age 93, invariably described him as “the legendary editor” of The Washington Post. That was careless language. Ben was not “legendary” at all. He was very real, as the Watergate defendants learned to their chagrin and sorrow. His death put finis to a […]

Pruden: It was a dark and stormy Democratic night

By Wesley Pruden This is the week the political world, like the worm, begins to turn. The polls, the hunches, the guesses and the vibes that only junkies feel all say it’s a Republican year and Harry Reid will soon take a seat on the back bench. Some of the crucial races for control of […]

Pruden: The deadly virus in the electorate

By Wesley Pruden Sometimes incompetence gets its due reward. No one has to accuse Barack Obama of spreading the Ebola virus. The incompetence of this administration is there for everyone to see, and suffer. “Leading from behind” works no better against a deadly virus than it has against evil in the Middle East and greedy […]

Pruden: Letting no panic go to waste

By Wesley Pruden There’s so much fuel for hysteria, a crisis-monger hardly knows where to start. The Ebola “epidemic” in America — two cases so far, and one them actually originated on another continent, oceans away — is reported by certain tabloids, television correspondents, radio talkers and Web “news” sites as though it were the […]

Pruden: Where ‘water hogs’ stalk the thirsty

By Wesley Pruden ANAHEIM, Calif. | Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink. The Ancient Mariner would feel right at home in California. There’s enough to drink, but not necessarily enough to water a lawn, or fill a swimming pool, or scrub down the driveway. A burnt-orange lawn is the emblem of good […]

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