Christian Josi

Christian Josi is a veteran of international center-right politics. He lives in Richmond, Virginia and currently serves as managing director of C. Josi & Company.

As the Hacks Hack, Serious People Say ‘Trump Your Life!’

 

Mitt Romney’s curious decision to ring in the new year and celebrate his pending swearing in as junior Senator from Utah by essentially pulling a media version of the old “flaming bag o’ poo” caper on the White House doorstep got me to thinking about an exchange I recently had with an old friend, Dr. Keith […]

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Gerrymandering Reform Victories Could Mean Maryland Is Next

 

While the nation’s partisan crevasse seems to be widening, surprisingly, a refreshing air of bipartisanship is blowing across the country and advancing a solution to one massive political stain that is long overdue. The issue? Gerrymandering. Back in 1812, the Boston Gazette coined the term — an odd-sounding name mash-up based on a politically bathed […]

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Settle, Down: An SNL Postscript

 

There is a lesson to be learned from the ups and downs of the last week or so. And the lesson is we really need to check ourselves. I’m not even getting into election results here because that is an entirely different column which I’m not even sure I have anything more interesting to add than more […]

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International Space Station Not Ready for Privatization

 

Shocker — I think the federal government does a few, very few, things well. One of those functions is space exploration. Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are doing some work in the private sector on for-profit space travel, but that should not preclude the federal government from continuing support for the International Space Station. Senator […]

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A Gig Destroying Neighborhoods?

 

Go for a stroll around an upscale urban neighborhood — say New York’s upper West Side, or Washington, D.C.’s Logan Circle — and you’ll notice something unusual. Outside many of the apartment buildings are lock boxes, sometimes dozens of them. They’ll be hanging from any available structure. They seem to have sprung up like mushrooms […]

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Amazon Is Overextended, Which Makes It a Security Risk

 

You know the old saying that when you try to be everything to everybody, you end up being nothing to no one and make everybody mad? Well, it seems that Amazon has fallen into that trap. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is very close to landing a giant contract to manage all of the Department of […]

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Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Botches

 

For any American who believes the U.S. government needs a rapid infusion of smart business sense (and there are many of us), they should have some peace of mind in knowing that the competitive bidding process is virtually omnipresent wherever government procurement takes place. After all, competitive bidding, by which government agencies and programs seek […]

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What America Needs Is a Good Dose of Bob Barr at Justice!

 

In an article he authored last week for townhall.com, former Congressman Bob Barr echoed the sentiments shared by me and many others who support President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general. The insights offered by Barr are especially apropos considering his background. The Georgia lawyer served as the presidentially appointed […]

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Here He Comes to Save the Day

 

Paul Bedard has leaked Monday’s planned announcement that Sam Dealey has been selected as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Times. I could write pages about why this bold choice is a good thing and what a great and talented guy Sam –who incidentally is no stranger to us here in AmSpecLand — is. But since […]

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My Man McCotter

 

I came across this clip of Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s remarks about military families at Restoration Weekend a few weeks ago, which I found particularly poignant this morning. Take a look: I’m not sure I can think of many (any?) other elected officials in this day and age who have the courage, humility (not to mention […]

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