Thursday, May 30, 2013

Baseball Blog

I will be taking a break from political blogging to cover something much more pleasant. For the summer I will be blogging about baseball at

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Kerry Doing Well At New Job

The naming of John Kerry as Secretary of State was met with little resistance in Washington. For good reason, the job is perfect for the former presidential nominee. Kerry had little problem acting presidential back in 2004. It was a role that he had coveted since meeting John F Kennedy in the early sixties. What Kerry lacked though, was a backbone to stand behind his decisions. As a seasoned Senator, Kerry had been around so long that he eventually took both sides on many key issues. He was a career politician, like most elected officials it was his job to get re-elected. Not to stick his feet in the sand and sink.

This job is different; it utilizes the skills that Kerry perfected in the so called 'backrooms full of smoke'. The art of compromise, wheeling and dealing and any other phrase you want to use is infinitely valuable in foreign relations. His recent work in Iraq is responsible and knowledgeable. Kerry is a likable guy, there is no question that he has seen the entire world and understands the international community.  So, for all the short comings and jokes from after the 2004 campaign, Kerry has resurrected himself in history's eyes. After losing a presidential bid, candidates either become the elephant in the room or in severe cases they become Al Gore. Kerry has bypassed that embarrassment and become what he should have sought in the first place. Here's to redemption.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Is Gun Control Obama's Iraq War?

The reaction from the right over the purposed gun control measure sure reminds me a lot of the lefts reaction to the Iraq War. In the long term I do not think any gun control laws that get passed will cause Obama as much trouble as a war, but there is defiantly a parallel here. Both sides will tell you that each of these cases was an overreaction to a crisis. The need to payback someone for 9-11 and the cause of keeping children safe both sound noble. It is the unintended consequences that cause the trouble though. We all know how the Iraq War played out. While this gun ban will be similar to the 1994 ban, it will not stop all violence. This will also give the right a rally cry to oppose the presidents other legislation. It is already tough to get things done in a second term. This new angle may make it even tougher. When the president looks back in four years, I can only wonder if he will still think about this issue in the same way.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Obama's Second Term Opportunity

As President Obama is sworn into a second term, he has the chance to be what most thought he would have been i.n his first term. With the economy improving, the jobs market ready to explode and war coming to an end, some of the roadblocks he faced four years ago are starting to clear. The budget will be the first battle of his second term. It will be vital for him to show just a little bit of compromise. Unlike the fiscal cliff drama, the budget is more far reaching and could hurt other negotiations in the future. Even though Boehner is not the most well liked member of his party, I believe he will keep his role as speaker. Just like Reagan was tied to O'Neill, Clinton to Gingrich and Bush to Pelosi, Obama and Boehner will go down in history as their parties leader for this decade. Here is where both men have an opportunity. By getting the budget back on track both men and the country would benefit. We are in a different place right now, a better place, for whatever reason things are better. It is times like these where good decisions and good change needs to be made.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Brad Pitzl Blog is now live under the domain name of its author. Look for updates in 2013.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Brad Pitzl Blog Endorses President Obama

In the opinion of the author of this blog Barack Obama deserves another 4 years. When Obama took office the United States was facing the next great depression. It didn't happen. While the economic recovery has been slow, it has been steady. When Obama took office we were entrenched in 2 wars, now 1 is over and we are winding down the other. Osama Bin Laden is dead. That right there may have clinched the endorsement of many people. While many may not like all of the changes included in 'Obamacare', at least he got something done. Also keep in mind that this was all done by someone who had the highest of expectations.

This endorsement is also about the challenger. Mitt Romney is a nice guy. A successful guy. And even would make a good president. He has also changed his stance more than a retired old man changes tv stations trying to find Bonanza. It should scare people that if you look at his record he could run for either party... at the same time. I believe that Romney would be a great asset to any president's cabinet, maybe even Obama's. He does understand business, but the United States of America is not a business it is a country of over 300 million people. As the leader of a country you can not look at people as numbers. I get the sense that Romney doesn't know any better and that is a shame.

In closing it is important to note that I voted for Obama in 2008. Some will say that I'm doubling down instead of admitting that I voted wrong in the last election. That is not the case. In 2008 I did not buy in to the cult of personality, I bought into the promises and ideas that the were achieved in the first paragraph of this piece. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Back to Ohio

As we hit the final stretch of this election more eyes are on Ohio than on the latest Kardashian publicity stunt. With Mitt Romney gaining momentum nationally he has started to reinvest time and resources into the Buckeye State. Ohio is now known as the "Firewall" for Obama's re-election, and its for a good reason. Unemployment in Ohio is at 7.0% and it's unions have done better then others around the country. I also believe that the people of Ohio trust Obama more than Romney. It's not even a democrat or republican thing, this state seems to pick their favorite out of a hat and stick with them. While this is a good thing for the president, Romney needs to find another path to victory.

Romney needs to listen to Rush Limbaugh for some insight on Ohio. Not the commentary of Limbaugh, but rather the bumper music that starts his show. Each day Limbaugh's show starts off with the bass line from "My City Was Gone" by the Pretenders. While Rush never plays the lyrics, they might ring true for Romney. "I went back to Ohio, but my pretty countryside, had been paved down the middle, by a government that had no pride." I will let you interpret the lyrics and apply them to this race (note that the song was written by a liberal).

If I have not spelled this out clear enough, Romney needs to shift all of his resources to another state and leave Ohio. By taking Paul Ryan it should have been expected that he could deliver his state. Wisconsin should be the ground zero state for the GOP. This is where the problem is. Ryan does not look like he can deliver his home state. That can change but it will take money, shaking hands and a little luck. So, while while everyone, including myself, will be watching the polls in Ohio. Wisconsin deserves a little more attention from the GOP and the poll watchers.