Eliot Spitzer

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

Let me say at the outset that I have no idea who I will vote for in the general election. Being a committed Independent, I will not be voting in the Pennsylvania primary on April 22. As of March 27, the candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are dead even in the opinion polls. The candidates are beginning to hammer each other, freeing John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, to act, look and sound presidential on the national and international stage. If strong action is not taken to break the logjam, this internecine scrap will go down to the convention in August

The candidacies of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are in jeopardy. They have been “Swift-boated” by the media. For example, Clinton may well have been the nominee by now, had she not muffed a response in the Oct. 30, 2007 Democratic debate at Drexel University to Tim Russert’s question about New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s plan to issue driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. She agreed with the idea, but when immediately challenged by Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, she backed off. In normal times, this would have been a small slipup. These are not normal times. This was not a small slip. Rather it

Bear Stearns strayed from its core business. Powered by greed, the firm got into creating indecipherably complex investment funds designed to cover the tracks of indecipherably complex consumer home loan contracts. Nobody understood this stuff. Not Bear Stearns’ managing directors, not the sales people hawking this fatuous crap. Not the greedy investors that saw obscene returns. Not the original mortgage lenders. And certainly not the dodos who got way in over their heads borrowing to buy homes by signing adjustable rate mortgage contracts that sucked them dry. But hey, if I was a renter and was offered a $220,000 loan to buy a

The Appalling Management Style of Presidents When the Vanity Fair story broke last week that Mark Felt was the legendary "Deep Throat" character that fueled The Washington Post's investigation into the Watergate scandal, I watched Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein interviewed the next day by Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" show. A remark by Bernstein floored me: "We had no idea of his motivations, and even now come of his motivations are unclear." Could Bernstein be serious? Here was one of two guys who knew more about Watergate than anyone in the world and he showed himself to have the sensitivity of a

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