Posts Tagged:column

Promise of a new presidency

This column appeared in the January 23, 2017 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal. By: Scott Jennings Forget everything you’ve heard about a divided, polarized nation. Forget the policy differences between Republicans and Democrats. Forget the rancor of the political campaigns that produce our leaders. Remember one thing – we live in the greatest nation the world…

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Obama Following Beshear’s Misguided Steps

This column appeared in the January 3, 2017 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal. By: Scott Jennings “I thought we’d get to see forever, but forever’s gone away. It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.” – political philosophers Boys II Men, 1991.  ### With just over two weeks left in his term, President Barack Obama…

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McConnell Memoir Review: Politicians are Human Beings, Too

This column appeared in the June 7, 2016 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal.  By: Scott Jennings The Long Game By Mitch McConnell 278 pp. Sentinel. $28 Success in politics flows from four virtues: goal setting, planning, patience and teamwork, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s just-released memoir The Long Game, which details the perseverance required…

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The Find It Election

This column appeared in the May 20, 2016 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal.  By: Scott Jennings A favorite game in the Jennings household is the Find It tube, a cylinder filled with beads and several random small objects. You don’t open it. You just look at it, endlessly turning it, displacing the beads, and checking items…

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Meeting of the Establishment

This column appeared in the April 26, 2016 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal.  By: Scott Jennings [Scene: Undisclosed smoke-filled backroom] Ok, settle down everyone. You can discuss your portfolios and golf handicaps after we pick up our new suits at Brooks Brothers. I hereby call this meeting of The Republican Establishment to order. It seems we…

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McConnell Center’s 25th Anniversary Evokes Memories of Dr. Paul Weber

By: Scott Jennings   “Let me tell you why the Bush tax cuts are terrible for someone like you,” he said, displaying the same aplomb and glee for debate I remembered from years earlier. It was 2005, and, even on a busy day at The White House, I gladly took the call from Dr. Paul…

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The Conservative Case for International Aid

This column originally appeared in the December 22, 2015 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal.  By: Scott Jennings  Dispatch from a recent trip to Rwanda and Tanzania to see personally the results of American foreign aid programming. The view from high in the mountains of northern Rwanda is breathtaking, both for the arrestingly lush green scenery and…

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Beshear Whitewashes Failed Administration

This column originally appeared in the December 2, 2015 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal. By Scott Jennings There’s a great scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail in which King Arthur encounters the obstinate Black Knight, who will not let the monarch cross a bridge. During their fight, King Arthur chops off the Black Knight’s arms. “You’ve got…

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A Brief History of Why It Is Time to Call 911

This column originally appeared in the November 11, 2015 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal. By Scott Jennings Alison Grimes, running against U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014, released a television ad in which the only image was of a burning house. Voters rejected her anti-McConnell nonsense, but the image of a house fully engulfed in flames has…

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Ranking the 2015 KY Constitutional Races from Most Likely GOP to Least

This column originally appeared in the October 21, 2015 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal. By Scott Jennings Just two weeks remain for Kentucky’s constitutional office candidates to make their case to the voters, and big independent expenditure news Tuesday changed the landscape. The Republican Governor’s Association (RGA), which had already spent $3 million on behalf of…

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