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potterpoliticalpickle
Birthday
March 11
Bio
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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Salon.com
OCTOBER 26, 2013 9:58PM

Obamacare but who cares?

This week I saw two interesting things that have driven me back to the blog: 1). Healthcare.gov did not spiral down into a political story. It somehow stayed relatively factual and 2). Everyone missed/is missing the point.

To me, this isn’t about public healthcare, President Obama’s leade… Read full post »

Driving home tonight I heard a radio story about efforts by gun rights group to "make sure" that "we" don't overreact and over regulate gun shops and gun sales.  And so, I decided to blog about it.

I know I haven't written in a while - the combination of the bar… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 9:18PM

Up is Down, Down is Up: Romney is Liberal

There’s something weird going on in politics this time around and its been nagging me for a few weeks.  Since the conventions I’ve been trying to articulate exactly what’s been bothering me and I think Mitt Romney stumbled into it or at least 47% of it.  When the video sur… Read full post »

In campaign for the Presidency in 2008, I spoke with many evangelical Christians and conservative Republican voters in Central PA.  Having grown up in a Congressional district where the Republican candidate often won 90+% of the vote, it was not surprising that then-Senator Barack Obama was… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 9, 2012 11:43AM

Senator Lugar, You Said It

For the first time in about 3 years, I sat down at my laptop this morning and did not have anything law school-related to work on.  No internship applications, no cases to read, no papers to write.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to blog a little. What

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Editor’s Pick
MARCH 23, 2012 9:08AM

Republicans are secretly voting for President Obama

All across this country in primaries like the one held this week in Illinois Republicans are voting for President Obama and some don't even know it! I know.  Hard to believe.  

"But PPP, I thought the Republicans hated President Obama?"

Ah, dear Reader (I can say Reader cause I only… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2012 2:22PM

Really?!?!?

And now it's time for a segment that I like to "borrow" from Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler at Saturday Night Live called "Really?!?!? an homage to Seth and Amy."

Really, GOP? Really? Rick Santorum?

The other night my friends and I watched Ides of March which not surprisingly led dir/… Read full post »

Count it.  It was a great speech. Was it epic? No. Will it be remembered forever? No. Will it be remembered in election season? Unlikely. 

What makes me call it "great" is the fact that it measured, appropriate and honest.  It was better than good and fell short of "a moment." &nb… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2012 12:52PM

Avlon: Giving Newt too much credit?

I found Newt's victory last night in the South Carolina primary quite surprising.  Even after reports started coming in early in the day that Newt had strong support, I still didn't believe it would make much of a difference.  Like CNN columnist, John Avlon, I assumed Mitt was inevitab/… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2012 12:52PM

Avlon: Giving Newt too much credit?

I found Newt's victory last night in the South Carolina primary quite surprising.  Even after reports started coming in early in the day that Newt had strong support, I still didn't believe it would make much of a difference.  Like CNN columnist, John Avlon, I assumed Mitt was inevitab/… Read full post »

Having 7 more minutes before my last first day of school, I decided to try to go 3 for 3 on posts over the last three days.  I thought about promising that it will be quick.  But let's be honest, that term is relative.  Speaking of relativity...

I found another "pickle"… Read full post »

Noting that this year's Republican nomination process has drawn to a close (perhaps from reading The Pickle), The Detroit Opportunity Project responded to yesterday's request to "go deeper" and find something "more interesting" to discuss.  Bradford Frost of the Detroit Oppor/… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2012 9:17PM

GOP: A different sorta pickle

After Iowa but before New Hampshire, my computer crashed.  Thus, no posts about New Hampshire.  No posts about Jon Huntsman.  No posts about Mitt Romney.  Frankly, it was a convenient time to lost my computer.  Because...

THERE WAS NOTHING TO SAY.  Breaking news (with ap… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2012 3:13PM

Iowa.

Honestly, for a few weeks, I forgot Rick Santorum was running for the GOP nomination.  Growing up in Pennsylvania, I guess I have a tendency to dismiss Santorum.  Not because he wasn't a good Senator or something like that, but rather because his message was not broadly received in PA… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 20, 2011 11:17AM

Federal judges: A Not-So-Quick Note on Misguided Rhetoric

We've all been there.  Getting too caught up in an argument and suddenly realizing that the other person is right.  Defending an actor or musician who's work is only average but the course of the conversation has you saying things like  "____ is the most underrated actor of our time."… Read full post »

Granted, I called it "whack-a-mole" and Alex Roarty at the National Journal has actual polling data but it's basically the same thing, right? The Pickle is just ahead of the curve, I guess.  Just kidding.  Or maybe The Pickle has a wider readership than originally thought.  D/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2011 1:27PM

Someone is Playing Whack-a-Mole

The question I'm asking is, who? 

Today, Paul Krugman opened his column calling the GOP nomination process a "desperate search" for a candidate other than Mitt Romney.  I'm having trouble deciding if this is accurate.  I've made it clear on the Pickle before that I/… Read full post »

It's fairly evident that anyone with a blog involving their name and politics is both cheesy and a junkie.  Political junkie, that is.  I tried to avoid that title in college, but there is no denying it.  Seriously, who walks around on a random Tuesday trying to figure out how to… Read full post »

As everyone feigns interest in work and school waiting for the Thanksgiving break to begin, I thought I'd pass along some thought-provoking material from the New York Times columnist David Brooks today.

Two quick points.  First, I thought it was interesting that in describing the

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NOVEMBER 9, 2011 10:40AM

Detroit as the mirror of America?

According to author/thinker/colleague/friend/activist/blogger/Detroit Revitalization Fellow (and all around great guy) Bradford Frost, the difference between adversity and opportunity is one of timing.  When viewed in our "windshield" its adversity, when viewed in our "rear view" it was an/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 4, 2011 12:35PM

Silence is golden

If silence is golden and actions speak louder than words, the lack of posting on the Pickle for the last two months is a 24-karat megaphone.  Believe it or not, I did not have much to say.  I think that the most interesting political news over the past 2 months has… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 9:09PM

Pre-debate Question: Topic Rick Perry

Imagine for a moment that you're watching some cheesy sci-fi movie on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  The main character is an inventor and/or a misunderstood college professor (think Son of Flubber, the 1963 Fred MacMurray classic) that was attempting to create a time machine and instead miracul… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2011 9:36PM

Soapbox Derby, of a different sort

Quote from Iowa’s Ames Tribune:

“And as nominee for the Republican Party, I will not rest until I elect 13 more titanium-spined senators, and we’re going to finally repeal Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, turn the economy around, create jobs, and it won’t take more than three months… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 1, 2011 10:13AM

Krugman: Republicans made us bleed our own blood

Today's column by Paul Krugman is hard to argue with.  In fact, I think he's right.  Usually, I assume he knows what he's talking about on the economy stuff.  I mean, he has a Noble Prize, teaches at Princeton and calls the President of the United States to chat.  I'm a… Read full post »

JULY 29, 2011 10:59AM

Obama's "Network" Moment

I haven’t seen the movie Network. But I have seen The American Film Institute’s semi-annual lists of great movies, great movie moments or what have you.  So, I know the famous line from Network – “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore.”

I&rsq… Read full post »