Potter Political Pickle

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March 11
As a political observer and registered Independent, I enjoy discussing my opinion. It didn’t take long for my wife to name these occurrences “The Jeremy Potter Lecture Series.” But I’d prefer to take them public as an enthusiastic motivational “speaker” writing to challenge America’s assumptions and perceptions. A political science degree propelled my pragmatic growth as an analyst in the government-contracting industry. Now, I’m complementing, and perhaps complicating, my perspective in law school. Combining my writing experience and personal passion, I intend to accelerate political progress. Thank you for considering my qualified, yet independent voice.


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JULY 5, 2011 11:51PM

Mitt Romney is to John Kerry as Minnesota is to itself

Say what? It's simple really.  History repeats itself.  Take a little 2004 and a little 1984 add a dash of 2008 and 2012 predicts itself.  Obama wins by a relatively safe margin.   No matter what you think you want to happen, you've got to admit - there's no… Read full post »

On June 16, I posted a piece about how the GOP presidential candidates reminded me of high schoolers making campaign promises unhinged from what is actually possible.  A few days later, a much more respected and reputable source, made the same point.  Fareed Zakaria posted this blogRead full post »

Do you remember in high school when someone was running for class president or student council president there was that shockingly ambitious battle of campaign promises? “I’m gonna get us a new snack machine” “I would plan prom at the Plaza in midtown Manhattan” &ldqu… Read full post »

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JUNE 7, 2011 8:08AM

Rick Santorum: A genius?

First things first.  As I wrote this last night, I was listening to the video of Rep. Weiner's press conference where he apologized for sending inappropriate pictures of himself over Twitter to someone that was not his wife.  Great.  I'm not really prepared to write about that… Read full post »

MAY 23, 2011 8:22PM


Or, T-Paw, if you prefer.  The Republican former governor of Minnesota is officially running for President in 2012.  He describes himself in this article as the "alternative to Mitt Romney."  The funny thing is that comment sets up Romney as the favorite, which I don't even think is… Read full post »

According to the Commerce Department as reported on NPR today, new-home construction fell over 10% in the last two years.  NPR wasted no time declaring one simple fact, no new homes = bad news.

"Remarkably," says David Crowe (chief economist at the National Association of Homebuilders), "althoug… Read full post »

Final exams are over. I can return to normal life or what passes for normal life at least.  My first instinct was to post about President Obama's announcement of the successful mission to kill Osama Bin Laden.  The truth is...what's left to say? The shock of the announcement.… Read full post »

APRIL 21, 2011 2:13PM

Serious GOP candidates beware

My gut tells me that President Obama is fairly safe in his upcoming bid for a second term as President of the United States.  To beat an incumbent for the White House, much like heavyweight boxing, you've got to knockout out the champ and not just last 12 rounds.  If you… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2011 11:15PM

Just desserts...

I can admit when I'm wrong.  Part of the point of starting the Pickle was to air my thoughts, and sometimes reactionary emotions, on politics.  In doing so, I'm bound to be wrong part of the time.  This week might just be the best example.  In fact, it's looking more andRead full post »

APRIL 8, 2011 12:35AM

"We made some progress today."

"We made some progress today."

If this was the sentiment of a NFL owner or NFL player's association lawyer after a negotiation or mediation session, I would completely understand.  The NFL season is approximately 4 1/2 months away and while it does not look good right now, the truth is

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MARCH 7, 2011 11:48PM

Death and Democracy

As a clerk and extern this semester, I have a great opportunity to spend four days a week in the Hartford legal community including two days a week in the Capitol's Legislative Office Building.  Today was special.  Today the Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on, among other th/

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JANUARY 25, 2011 10:51PM

The State of the Union

I haven’t posted on The Pickle in a while.  Whenever I have a long drought, I like to offer explanation (or excuse) – internships, law school and snow, snow, snow.  Yet, I felt like the State of the Union address tonight was a great reason to try to post.  I

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JANUARY 9, 2011 8:47PM

Enough said

I don't think there's anything I can add to our national conversation over the recent acts of domestic terrorism in Arizona.  Our nation's shock, disappointment, and pain is palpable and appropriate when something like this happens.  I just wanted to take a moment to point out that in all

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Once again the complexities of life and the gray areas of governing require the courts to make a decision that establishes the lowest common denominator and insults the intelligence of millions of Americans.  I'm referring to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision which determine/

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DECEMBER 24, 2010 11:04AM

Barack Obama e-mails me

I know, I know it's computer-generated mass e-mailing and he probably doesn't even approve the content.  I wanted to pass it along, though, because it led me to this site that shows a breakdown of the progress the Obama administration has made.  Not only does the site contained s/

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DECEMBER 23, 2010 12:52PM

What's the opposite of normalcy?

The past 2 weeks were marked by hard work, compromises, time constraints, and when it was finally over a sense of accomplishment...and that was just my law school final exams.  Can you imagine what President Obama feels like?

The interesting thing about bipartisanship and "deal-making," for lac

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DECEMBER 10, 2010 8:05AM

The Pickle to Brooks: Ditto

Reading David Brooks this morning in the New York Times once again reinforced the need for moderates to join the partisan "networks" and coalitions.  This column could have been written about Republicans or Democrats, but it worked out better this week to design it around Ob/

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According to an article on CNN.com, Senate Republicans made a stand in an effort to focus the Senate on one issue - taxes.

"All 42 Senate Republicans signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, vowing to prevent a vote on "any legislative item until the Senate has acted/

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Law school can be demanding that way.  Reading, studying, revising notes, and applying for internships.  Apparently those things can get in the way of blogging about moderate politics.  Weird.  Anyway, it's likely due to Thanksgiving and the upcoming final exam period that I will

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NOVEMBER 5, 2010 9:29AM

Brooks on America and the Pickle in the Middle

Once again, David Brooks at The Times (I say, at the risk of being labeled an intellectual elite) has once again touched on a basic conflict in today's political landscape.  Yet, instead of addressing it, he (wrongly) turned his analysis toward the major political parties, partic/

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As a result of catching up in school, a few weekends away and a cold, I've failed to post in far too long.  Well, that ends today.  Quick note on two topics - Ginni Thomas's phone call to Anita Hill and the McMahon-Blumenthal Senate race here in CT.

First, is Ginni Thomas&nb/

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OCTOBER 3, 2010 1:53PM

The Free Agent Party

What's gotten into Tom Friedman? Or better yet, not 'what's gotten into him,' rather it's nice to have his voice back on American politics.  I choose not to post earlier this week when he wrote a piece titled "The Tea Kettle Movement," because I was still absorbing its full effect/

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In a blog posted on Daily Beast, Zachary Roth breaks down a series of lawsuits between Tea Party Patriots, the national umbrella organization for local tea party groups, and everyone else within the tea party community attempting to use the phrase "tea party patriot(s)."  While his le/

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Ok.  I understand what President Obama is trying to say here:


I think he's trying to say that the professional choices that Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation and Fox News have decided to make do not line up

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 3:27PM

Is the Tea Party a "Party"?

In response to the Sunday morning talk shows, CNN posted a story analyzing the value or threat of the Tea Party to the status quo.  What struck me about this piece is that it touches on the catch-22 of alternative parties or alternative political views.

The Tea Party movement through

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