Here’s the thing: the best strategy for Republicans is to just let it go:
WASHINGTON — The scandals dogging President Barack Obama are a political gift to Republicans, who could use some good luck after recent election losses. It’s not clear, however, how Republicans can best capitalize on Democrats’ woes, legislatively or politically.
Last November’s [...]
President Obama, I mean:
WASHINGTON – In his fifth annual budget proposal to Congress on Wednesday, President Obama once again has put forward a fiscal mix of investments in infrastructure, education and research with further deficit reduction through tax increases and spending cuts. But for the first time he has included changes to Medicare and [...]
Run, do not walk, to the local newsstand and pick up a copy of this week’s Time Magazine for the lengthy investigative reporting done by Steven Brill on the price-gouging and profiteering of the American medical system. From doctors to hospitals to insurance companies (which actually almost come off as heroes in this tale), Brill [...]
I have a modest proposal for President Obama in which he can screw around with Republican opposition to the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary. I’ll get to that in a minute. Let’s take a look at what’s going on:
On Wednesday Senate Republicans forced the Senate to a 60-vote threshold on the confirmation [...]
Oh boy, this is going to be great!
“There is now an out in the open civil war within the Republican Party,” conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace wrote in a Politico op-ed this week.
Karl Rove has launched a new group, the Conservative Victory Project, which will aim to select [...]
Huffington Post, By Garbrielle Dunkley, February 6
Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has been in talks with Fox News regarding a possible role as a contributor to the network, Politico’s Mike Allen confirmed Wednesday.
Brown announced on Friday that he would not run in the special election in Massachusetts this June to fill Secretary of [...]
John Kerry has been confirmed as Obama’s 2nd term Secretary of State by a Senate vote of 94 to 3, and could take up his post as early as Wednesday.
What’s an eye-opener is who voted “No”. Two of the most recalcitrant, conservative and dumb Senators – John Cornyn of Texas and Jim Inhofe of [...]
Charles Stross has a tongue-in-cheek post today I think is worth making an analogy about. He wonders, as have we all, why there are so many stupid people.
I have a speculative answer:
We are hominids. One of the things that makes us different from other primates is that we have language. Language enables [...]
Via Christina from FDL:
WASHINGTON – In a meeting with Jewish leaders, Chuck Hagel, US President Obama’s defense secretary nominee, affirmed his commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge.
“[Sen. Hagel] discussed his commitment to the US-Israel relationship, including his determination to prevent Iran from [...]
People joke about President Obama’s abilities at eleven-dimensional chess. I think that Obama has a long-term strategy, more understandable than eleven-dimensional chess. I also think that it’s quite different from much of what passes for strategy in political Washington.
Obama came into office in January 2009 with an enormous number of problems facing the country. [...]
Here’s the text of President Obama’s inauguration speech as prepared for delivery. I don’t mean “exceptional” in the sense of “very good” – I mean it in the sense of spending too much time trying to show he’s as much an American Exceptionalist as the next neo-whatever. Oh, and God. Lots and lots of [...]
Journalist Michael Hastings says that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel “grabbed me by the arm and wouldn’t let go” during a 2012 interview for Buzzfeed.
Emanuel, former White House chief of staff to President Obama, is known for his hardball tactics. On Thursday’s “Young Turks,” however, Hastings alleged that Emanuel “crossed the line” when [...]
OK, now that things have settled down a bit, I’m ready to take on what I think will be the key issue over the next few weeks: filling Obama’s Cabinet. John Kerry should be a slam-dunk for Secretary of State. Yes, the Swift Boaters are rearing their ugly heads again, but now that John Corsi [...]
As noted by Thinkprogress this morning, Democrats currently lead Republicans by (give or take) 1,362,351 votes in the overall popular vote total (yes, they’re still counting). But thanks to the magic of partisan gerrymandering, Republicans enter the 113th Congress with a solid majority — and Americans should get used to it:
A deeper dive into [...]
Throughout the year, I’ve posted my thoughts on the swinging pedulum of politics, and how I believe the swing to the far right has ended and a swing back towards the middle well underway. We may have passed the halfway point:
The Wall Street Journal editorial board is dismissing right-wing calls for David Gregory’s indictment [...]