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Head On TV: War Drums, Hick Punts, Obama Stumbles

The president rightly rebuked the GOP presidential contenders for “casualness” in regard to a potential war with Iran, says Susan Barnes-Gelt in the March round of Head On TV debates. No, replies John Andrews, Obama merely hopes to distract from his own failed policy on Tehran’s nuclear aspirations. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over Hickenlooper’s leadership style, liberal antipathy to the automobile, a tourism tax giveaway, and the presidential race.

Who needs a governor anyway?

(Denver Post, Feb. 26) “An empty taxi drove up to 10 Downing Street,” joked Winston Churchill about the man who defeated him for prime minister in 1946, “and out of it stepped Clement Attlee.” Droll, but Attlee laughed last. Nothing succeeds like success. Detractors who grumble that there is “no there, there” in John Hickenlooper’s remarkable political winning streak, have to admit the same thing about his long-running popularity as Mayor of Denver and now Governor of Colorado: voters just like the guy.