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The Byron Dorgan Thunderclap

The North Dakota senator’s retirement after three decades is an unfortunate twist for Democrats already looking at a difficult election year.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


Why 2010 Doesn’t Have to Be 1994

Democrats can avoid a midterm rout if they get progressives excited without turning off independent voters. Here’s how.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE


Fighting Over the Squandered Decade

I’m afraid that the past 10 years will be seen as a time when the United States badly lost its way by using our military power carelessly and pursuing domestic policies that constrained our options for the future.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE


In Defense of Harry Reid

Punditry in the nation’s capital has its own rhythms, and one common practice involves almost everyone beating up on the same politician at the same time.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


A Partial Truce in the Religious Wars

This year the culture wars went into recession along with the economy.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE


Progressives: Don’t Scream, Organize (update)

For progressives, the question on the health care battle going forward is not whether they have a right to be angry but whether they can direct their fury toward constructive ends. This column has been updated by the author.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE


George W. Bush
White House Archives / Eric Draper

The Democrats’ Bush Nostalgia

Here’s what Democrats need to ponder: Can they prosper in the absence of George W. Bush?

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Squaring Idealism and Realism

Europeans are coming to terms with the fact that President Barack Obama is not a miracle worker, and with the reality that everything he does is not magic.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE


Making Gun Safety (Politically) Safe

When it comes to passing sensible gun laws, Congress typically offers Profiles in Cowardice.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Health Care Race to Christmas

President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan and his subsequent jobs summit underscored why it’s essential to get a health care bill done quickly.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Goldilocks Strategy

Obama’s surge in Afghanistan is a political loser, but in the short term he’ll get what he wants.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Fighting Extremism With Civility

Jim Leach spent 30 years as a member of Congress. Now he’s an Obama Republican who wants America to return to civility.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Thankless Thanksgiving

So in vogue are attacks on the president that even his proclamation calling the nation to a day of Thanksgiving has become the focus of criticism.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Third Way in Afghanistan

The president’s mix-and-match approach to Afghanistan will make no one very happy. Yet it might be the least dangerous choice.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

GOP Obstruction Goes Unnoticed—and Unpunished

Democrats in the Senate may engage in collective suicide, but it’s Republicans who, with Machiavellian brilliance, have brought the country to a halt.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


We Need a Civilian ‘ROTC’

The military does not rely solely on patriotic feelings to build its force, and neither should the civilian parts of government.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


Don’t Let Abortion Destroy Health Care Reform

Pro-choice Democrats need to accept that their House majority depends on a large cadre of anti-abortion colleagues. They can denounce that reality, or they can learn to live with it.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


When Voters Disrupt the Tea Party

Here’s a story you may have missed because it flies in the face of the dreary conventional wisdom: When advocates of public programs take on the right-wing anti-government crowd directly, the government-haters lose.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE


Not Right Wing but Still Angry

Tuesday’s elections were a rebuke to the right wing and a warning to Democrats. President Obama has work to do, but the night’s biggest loser was the Palin-Limbaugh-Beck complex.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


Hug Obama, Find the Moderates

Those are the two outstanding lessons from the campaigns for next Tuesday’s governors’ races in New Jersey and Virginia. Both parties would be smart to apply them in 2010.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


End of the Line for a Political Legend?

A couple of dynamic upstarts are campaigning to keep Tom Menino from serving 20 years as Boston’s mayor.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 READ MORE


GOP Civil War Flares in New York

Judging by the race in upstate New York, conservatives are determined to keep the Republican Party as small and irrelevant as possible.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama Can’t Lose the Young

Will the young and hopeful abandon the political playing field to older voters who are angry? That is the quiet crisis confronting President Obama and the Democrats.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Prizing Peace on the Home Front

President Obama should make peace with the “angry white men” who see his Nobel Prize as a token of elitism by enacting policies that address their economic grievances.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

War Kills Off Great Reform Movements

The hawks urging President Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan have no interest in his domestic policy. The 20th century is a graveyard of good ideas that lost out to war.

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE


Massachusetts Looks for Life After Teddy

All the Democrats running to replace the late senator are on a Be-Like-Ted ticket, but there are degrees of Ted-ness. Who will win the heart of this state that loves liberals, tradition and Kennedys?

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 READ MORE


Olympia Snowe
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Talk of Bipartisanship Is Now Thoroughly Warped

All of the health bills on offer, even the supposedly “liberal” House bill, are already centrist compromises built on a private health insurance market. Above, Olympia Snowe, who may turn out to be the single Senate Republican voting for reform.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Health Care Reset

By joining specifics, a powerful moral argument and an unapologetic defense of government’s role in promoting social justice, the president sought to rescue the health care debate from the mire of a congressional system that has encouraged delay and obstruction.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Win on Health Care

President Obama can still secure major health care legislation this year if he learns from his mistakes in recent months and spends more time reminding Americans why they were once eager for fundamental change.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy
Mr. Fish

Ted Kennedy’s Humanity

Ted Kennedy’s suffering and failures fed a humane humility that led him to reach out to others who fell, to empathize with those burdened by pain, to understand human folly, and to appreciate the quest for redemption.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


The Politics of the Jackboot

We are re-featuring this E.J. Dionne column from August of 2009 in light of this weekend’s deadly shooting in Arizona.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


Can Republicans Escape Their Extremists?

Things are looking up for the Republicans, relatively speaking. There’s just one problem: The country still doesn’t like them.

Posted on Aug 3, 2009 READ MORE


Let’s End the Score-Settling

The problem with “teachable moments” is that the term sets up one group of people as teachers while another group is consigned to the role of pupils. In a democracy, that’s troublesome.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009 READ MORE


Let NRA-Loving Senators Practice What They Preach

Isn’t it time to dismantle the metal detectors, send the guards at the doors away, and allow Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights by being free to carry their firearms into the nation’s Capitol building?

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE


The Politics of Tenacity

Wow, what big and unexpected news! Reforming the health care system is really hard, and Republicans want President Obama to fail. Imagine that.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Aces in the Hole

It was not the soaring rhetoric that is Barack Obama’s signature, but he recently offered the sound bite that may define his presidency: “Don’t bet against us.”

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE


The Silent Education Crisis

The problems we face from kindergarten to 12th grade get regular, if still insufficient, attention. But we rarely confront how badly we’re faring when it comes to educating our people after high school.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 READ MORE


Sotomayor’s Critics Are the Real Radicals

This week’s hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court represent the opening skirmish in a struggle to challenge the escalating activism of an increasingly conservative judiciary.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Philippe Wojazer, pool

Does Obama Have a Friend in the Vatican?

When Obama meets with Benedict XVI on Friday, there will be no right-wing Catholic demonstrators upbraiding the pontiff for conferring the church’s legitimacy upon this liberal politician. In fact, when it comes to economics, this conservative pope is to the left of the president.

Posted on Jul 9, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Long, Hard Summer

As the president and centrist Democrats in Congress haggle over the deficit, they could usefully recall that the party’s inability to deliver on Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign pledges, particularly on health care, led to a stunning defeat two years later.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE


Warming Up a New Politics?

That some highly vulnerable Democrats in the House were willing to face tens of thousands of dollars worth of Republican attack ads as the price of supporting a bill to curb global warming is the untold story of what, so far, is the year’s most dramatic legislative showdown.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama and the Stone Tablets

The president has shied away from handing Congress his own plans on “stone tablets,” but if he doesn’t intervene in the health care debate, and soon, lawmakers are going to send him an unworkable monstrosity of a bill.

Posted on Jun 28, 2009 READ MORE


Courtly Politics

The United States Supreme Court claims to be above politics, and it sometimes even achieves that aspiration.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Iran Dilemma

The president’s initial caution served the interests of freedom by making clear that the revolt against Iran’s flawed election is homegrown. As the struggle continues, we cannot pretend that we are indifferent to its outcome.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009 READ MORE


Max Baucus
AP photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta

The Bipartisanship of Fools

Where did we get the idea that the only good health care bill is a bipartisan bill? Is bipartisanship more important than whether a proposal is practical and effective?

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and the Politics of Short Memories

Business has been on the ropes since last fall’s financial collapse, but the first glimmerings of recovery are calling forth a capitalist counteroffensive.

Posted on Jun 14, 2009 READ MORE


Harry and Louise Need Health Reform

Remember the imaginary couple who appeared in the television ads that helped beat President Clinton’s health plan 15 years ago? That duo and the corporations behind them have switched sides in the debate, and for a good reason: 50 million new customers.

Posted on Jun 7, 2009 READ MORE


Rush and Newt Are Winning

A media environment that tilts to the right is obscuring what President Obama stands for and closing off political options that should be part of the public discussion.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


America’s Changing Moral Universe

Way back in 2004, pollsters and pundits just knew that cultural and moral issues were the wave of the future. But a funny thing happened on the road to the revival tent. Updated

Posted on May 31, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and the Limits of Mastery

President Obama wants to build a new liberal majority and to do it he’s trying to charm everyone left of Rush Limbaugh. That strategy has led to some awkward moments.

Posted on May 24, 2009 READ MORE


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