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AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Grayson, O’Donnell Out, Rubio In

The tea party movement took a hit and made a big score, respectively, in the defeat of Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Marco Rubio’s Senate victory in Florida over Gov. Charlie Crist.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Scott Sady

Apocalypse Again: The Boom-and-Bust Cycle of Bipartisan Politics

Career politicians depend upon the biggest protection racket in this country, which is often called “our two-party system.” Ours? Really? Certainly that system has no foundation whatsoever in the Constitution of the United States.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE


Tea Party and Obama









Posted on Oct 29, 2010 ENLARGE


Hedges Discusses, Debates ‘Death of the Liberal Class’

Author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges recently made an appearance on Canadian television’s “The Agenda With Steve Paikin” to make his case about how the American liberal class and its institutions have spectacularly failed those whom they supposedly aimed to serve ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Election Year Blahs









Posted on Oct 18, 2010 ENLARGE


In the Arena









Posted on Oct 18, 2010 ENLARGE



AP / Ralph Wilson

The Bipartisan Politics of Fear

Mercifully, the midterm election cycle is nearing its end. Both parties, we learn, are planning their “postmortem assessments.” The Daily Beast’s recent headline is a sign of the times: “Why Obama Can’t Lose in 2012.” Plan ahead.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Toxic Ad Spill









Posted on Oct 11, 2010 ENLARGE


Audacity of Hope









Posted on Oct 8, 2010 ENLARGE


‘Colbert Report’: Left Behind

According to several media pundits and their talking points, President Obama is “on the ropes,” and there is a marked “enthusiasm gap” on the Democratic side of things as “apathy” strikes the left heading into the midterm elections.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



christine2010.com

Tea Party Mobilizes for Primary Battles

In the lead-up to November’s midterm elections, there have been signs in some states that moderate Republican candidates might face considerable challenges from tea party contenders.  (continued)

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Midterm Inferno

Hey wow, President Obama has a new plan to give America “the best infrastructure in the world”—just in time for the 2010 midterm elections! Is this at all exciting or effective? And do the Democrats have a snowball’s chance in H-E-double-hockey-sticks this fall?

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



carlyforcalifornia.com

Democrats on the Edge of a Midterm Disaster

The nation’s problems—war and unemployment—are badly damaging the Democrats, even on the Pacific Coast, which President Barack Obama won easily in 2008. And Obama himself, reacting slowly and indecisively, is contributing to the challenges his party faces in November.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Looming Doom for the Dems?

Is it all over for Obama or can he revive and ride his ’08 caravan of hope through the upcoming midterm election, not to mention his next presidential bid? Does anyone still think invading Iraq wasn’t a mistake, now that our combat troops have “withdrawn”?

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / lisaw1

Are the Democrats Losing the Young?

It turns out that maybe being young and liberal isn’t necessarily in our blood after all. Despite historical trends that peg young people as Democrats, a new Pew Research survey suggests that recent economic woes have led fewer 18- to 29-year-olds to identify themselves as Democrats.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 READ MORE



grayson.house.gov

Rep. Grayson vs. the Tea Party

Florida’s Rep. Alan Grayson, the freshman congressman from the substantially conservative Orlando area, has already managed to make a name for himself over the course of his first two years in office by ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


Streisand
Wikimedia Commons / Library of Congress

Obama and the Stars: On the Outs?

What are we to make of the news that President Barack Obama swanned into Hollywood for a Democratic fundraiser this week and was not met by so-called event co-hosts Barbra Streisand and Jeffrey Katzenberg, although they ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

Our Sick System Still Needs Triage

When the health care law is fully implemented in 2014, it will cure many of the ills that plague those needing medical care. That, however, may be too long a wait for a troubled country, especially one faced with intractable unemployment and a fruitless, unpopular Afghanistan war.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Sen Dems Delay Climate Bill

Both hippies and people who enjoy clean air alike will be dismayed at the news from Senate Democrats that they will wait until September to pursue the broad climate change legislation that has been on the Democrats’ “to-do” list since the 2008 election.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE


Goodwin
goodwingoodwin.com

Young Democrat Nabs Byrd’s Senate Seat ... for Now

West Virginia’s Gov. Joe Manchin III has picked a successor to the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, and the new recruit is a young whippersnapper at that. He’s 36-year-old Carte Goodwin, and he’s also a Democrat, but his party can’t get too excited ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


Getting It Right









Posted on Jul 12, 2010 ENLARGE    


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AP / Orlin Wagner

Obama Brings Magical Economic Thinking to Nation’s Heartland

President Barack Obama didn’t exactly have the numbers on his side Thursday when he told voters in Kansas City, Mo., that, economically speaking, “we’re headed in the right direction.”

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Civil Beat

Republican Wins House Seat in Obama’s Hometown

For the first time in 20 years, a Republican has been elected to Congress to represent the Honolulu district where President Barack Obama grew up. The GOP midterm win speaks more to the fact that two candidates split the vote on the Democratic side than any surge in Hawaiian Republican pride.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


Free to Date









Posted on May 6, 2010 ENLARGE    


Obey retires
obey.house.gov

‘Bone Tired’ Rep. Obey to Hang It Up

Can you blame Wisconsin Congressman David Obey for being “bone tired,” as he claims to be? Even if you can, this will not impact Rep. Obey’s newly announced decision not to run for re-election this November.

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE


Schumer
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Dems Zero In on Corporate Campaign Funding

Sen. Charles Schumer is looking to put a check on corporate campaign financing, contesting the notion—promoted by the Supreme Court earlier this year—that big corporations have a constitutional right to spend unlimited amounts of cash on political campaigns.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Henny Ray Abrams

GOP Drafting Rival Financial Reform Bill

Senate Republicans are hoping that, when it comes to their Democratic opponents, if they can’t beat ’em, they can at least make up their own financial reform bill to thwart ’em. One pesky problem with the GOP’s approach is ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


Andy Stern
Wikimedia Commons / Joi

SEIU President to Step Down

After 14 years of leading the Service Employees International Union through some major changes and growth spurts, and after months of courting unfriendly fire from right-wing ranks by paying frequent visits to the White House, SEIU President Andy Stern is preparing to step down from his powerful post.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Weiner
Wikimedia Commons / Thomas Good

Democratic Congressman Gets Threatening Letter, White Powder

The health care reform debate has brought a fair share of nutty individuals out of the woodwork, and unfortunately, members of Congress who voted in favor of the recently instated bill might be seen by some who’ve taken leave of their reason as moving targets. Take New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, for example. Updated.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
whitehouse.gov

Health Care Bill Watch 2010: Left Frustrated, Right Readies Attack

Things were getting snippy on both sides of the aisle Thursday as Congress prepared for the next—and oh please, let it be the final—showdown over health care reform. Take, for example, the words of Republican Rep. Mike Pence, who told a tea-party-friendly crowd this week ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


Pelosi
AP / Alex Brandon

Pelosi: Dems Ready to ‘Kick Through This Door’ to Pass Health Care Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked tough on Monday on the subject of health care reform, which is no surprise. What is more interesting is the plan she outlined for how she and her fightin’ Dems will “kick through this door” and pass the legislation in a fashion that many people will find somewhat confusing.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE


Bayh

Sen. Bayh Surprises Dems With Retirement Announcement

Another Democrat is leaving the fold on Capitol Hill. Sen. Evan Bayh announced Monday that he won’t seek re-election this fall after 11 years in the Senate, pointing to recent partisan politicking in Congress as the main reason for his departure. “People’s business is not getting done,” Bayh said, making sure to point out that he’s not making this move because he thinks he wouldn’t win.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE



twitter.com/AKGovSarahPalin

Poll Shows Americans’ Dissatisfaction with Gov’t, Doubts About Palin

Do Americans really get what the tea party movement is about? Did Sarah Palin’s performance at last weekend’s inaugural Tea Party Convention in Nashville help or hurt her standing among her fans and would-be supporters? These may not be questions that keep us all up at night, especially in these hard times—but hey, that’s what pollsters are for.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


Wall Street
Wikimedia Commons / Martin St.-Amant

Wall Street Fat Cats Revolt, Send Money to GOP

In case it wasn’t made perfectly clear in recent months how the American political system actually operates on its uppermost levels, here we have an object lesson to consider: Upset by the notion that the Obama administration might be working on regulating the financial industry next, some of Wall Street’s bigwigs are now focusing their funding efforts on the GOP.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
The White House / Pete Souza

Obama Invites Republicans, Dems to Health Care Huddle

Still clearly hoping that health care reform legislation might clear Congress at some point during his tenure in office, President Obama has summoned Republican and Democratic lawmakers to “put their ideas on the table” later this month and discuss possible ways to push a workable bill through both the House and Senate.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Reid
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Senate Dems Go for Job-Creation Angle

Just a day after their motivational session with President Barack Obama, Senate Democrats got back to the task of regaining some lost political capital, making a bid to better their situation and that of out-of-work Americans by introducing a job-creation package—on the same day, the Los Angeles Times noted, that Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown was to be sworn in.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Senate Dems
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Tells Senate Dems to Step Out of the ‘Echo Chamber’ (Update: Video)

President Barack Obama gave Senate Democrats a pep talk Wednesday, rallying the battle-fatigued and dispirited among them by reminding of the need to “finish the job” concerning health care and financial reform and recommending that they refrain from taking their cues from cable TV news and the blogosphere. Instead, Obama said, they would do well to get out and talk to ordinary Americans.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Dodd
dodd.senate.gov

Dodd Confirms Retirement Rumors

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd announced Wednesday that he won’t seek re-election this November, making him the third high-profile Democrat to talk retirement in just one 24-hour news cycle. Despite Democrats’ worries about the 2010 elections, Dodd’s potential replacement from his party may have a fighting chance to score his Senate seat.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


Griffith
griffith.house.gov

Alabama Congressman’s Party Switch Sparks Office Exodus

Looks as if Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith may be traveling a little lighter than he planned as he makes the transition from the left to the right of the political aisle. On Monday, Griffith’s chief of staff, along with 10 other staff members, decamped from his office, wishing him well but declining to join him in his switch to the GOP.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / J. Kernion

Death of the Superdelegate?

A group of Democrats convened by Barack Obama has recommended that the Democratic Party eliminate the influence of “superdelegates,” who have had an unrestricted vote in the nomination process because they were not selected based on the primaries or caucuses.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE


2009 and 2010
Flickr/Optical Illusion

Poll Finds 2009 Was a Pretty Lousy Year

This just in from the Annals of Utterly Unsurprising Polling Results: Nearly 75 percent of Americans won’t be sorry to kiss 2009 goodbye, according to a year-end AP-GfK poll. But wait—there’s a silver lining to be found, in that about the same percentage of respondents are optimistic about 2010.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 READ MORE


Griffith
griffith.house.gov

Alabama Congressman Changes Parties Over Health Care

Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman congressman who formerly figured among the famous “Blue Dog” Democrats in Congress, has reportedly decided to defect to the GOP after breaking with his party over health care reform. This shift in the Democratic ranks could spell trouble for the 2010 election, especially if Rep. Griffith’s switchover inspires others to follow suit.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


Krugman
Wikimedia Commons / Prolineserver

Oh, the Naiveté, Mr. Krugman

Here we have one of those columns that might have initially been missed (even by those of us who blog fastidiously about such things) that bears repeating, or re-posting, as the case may be: We submit, for your consideration, Paul Krugman’s latest column. That is all.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / CarbonNYC

N.Y. Senate Votes Against Same-Sex Marriage Bill

New York wasn’t able to go as far as even Iowa, as the New York State Senate shot down a bill Wednesday that would have made same-sex marriage legal in the Empire State. Not one Republican in the Albany chamber supported the bill, which was beaten by a vote of 38 to 24.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Capitol Hill
Flickr/laura padgett

Dems Make Final Push for Health Bill Votes

By Friday evening, it wasn’t clear whether Saturday’s scheduled vote on the famous health care reform bill would happen on time in the House of Representatives, but Democrats were busy wooing any remaining potential supporters among their congressional ranks.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE


Boehner

Boehner Decries Health Bill as ‘Government Takeover’

Thursday’s mass display of Democratic delight over the newly introduced health care reform mega-measure was countered by the sober declaration, courtesy of House Minority Leader John Boehner, that what we have here is “a bill that really is a government takeover of the health care system.” Sigh.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Pelosi
AP / Alex Brandon

House Dems Unveil Giant Health Care Reform Bill

After months of squabbling and tussling with each other as well as their Republican opposition, House Democrats finally produced the latest comprehensive result of their efforts in health care reform in the form of a whopping 1,990-page measure—and then proceeded to congratulate themselves in a public rally outside at the Capitol.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Dick Gephardt
AP / Al Behrman

Dick Gephardt, Corporate Lobbyist

If it seems contradictory (read: hypocritical) that former Rep. Dick Gephardt, at one time a self-styled anti-lobbying, pro-labor crusader, would become a lobbyist for Visa and Goldman Sachs, well, that’s because it is. Oh, and you can strike “pro-environment” off of Gephardt’s list of political poses, too.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


health insurance reform signs
Flickr / ProgressOhio

Health Care Reform: ‘A Fait Accompli’?

For a long while it seemed as if health care reform was progressing, if at all, at the speed of molasses. Now here comes The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait with his startling pronouncement that “it’s just quietly turned into a fait accompli.” Wait, what?

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


C-37
seeandavoid.com

House Grounds Fancy Plane Plan

During a time when the term government spending (not to mention recession) gets quite a few hackles up, House Democratic bigwigs’ choice to scrap plans to purchase four posh planes to shuttle congressional leaders around is clearly wise, although the Senate vote may still pose a problem.

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


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