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The Populism of the Privileged

Both parties stand to lose if they accept the laughable notion that the media-created protest movement known as the tea party is the voice of true populism.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


Stop Slandering the IRS

Every April the Web and the commentary pages overflow with sweeping falsehoods that libel the work of committed federal employees, such as Vernon Hunter, the Vietnam veteran who was recently murdered by an anti-tax terrorist.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


Running Against Washington

Ohio’s U.S. Senate campaign offers an excellent preview of what this fall’s midterm elections will be like: Everyone in the race wants to be an outsider, everyone pledges to break with politics as usual, and everyone is talking about jobs.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


Will We Forget the Miners Again?

There is a dispiriting and, yes, heartbreaking sameness about how we respond to mining disasters.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Barack Obama, Meet Sisyphus

President Obama’s health care victory marked the beginning of a new phase in the administration’s political struggles, not a final triumph.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Sunny Charlie Crist’s Rain Cloud

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now the underdog in a tough Senate primary, longs for a political world that seems to have vanished.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


How the Pope Can End the Scandal

As the church rightly teaches, acknowledging the true nature of our sin is the one and only path to redemption and forgiveness.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Health Care’s New Nullifiers

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli seems determined to use an attack on health care reform to bring us back to the 1830s.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jose Luis Magana

Will True Conservatives Stand Up?

The debate over the health care bill, which mercifully came to a close Sunday night, was not American conservatism’s finest hour.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Yes, They Made History

The passage of health care reform provided the first piece of incontestable evidence that Washington has changed.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


On Health Care, Listen to the Nuns

One of the tragedies of the viciously politicized battle over health care reform is the defection of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops from a cause they have championed for decades. Thank God for the nuns.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


Dewey Beats Truman—Again?

Could Prime Minister Gordon Brown pull off the biggest political upset since 1948? Britain’s Conservatives are ascendant, but there’s reason for Brown to hope.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE


Good Debt, Bad Debt

There is a pathetic quality to our discussion of deficits and fiscal responsibility because we never face up to how much we need government to do.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


Cleaning Up the Supreme Court’s Mess

The urgency of containing the damage the Supreme Court could do to our electoral system creates an opportunity for a rare convergence of interest and principle.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Big Lie About ‘Reconciliation’

The claim that Democrats are just “ramming through” a health bill is, I am sorry to say, one big lie—or, if you’re sensitive, an astonishing exercise in hypocrisy.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Can’t We All Just Get Along? No

If we learn nothing else in 2010, can we please finally acknowledge that our partisan divisions are about authentic principles that lead to very different approaches to governing?

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


Why Are Democrats Ignoring the Next New Dealers?

The Millennials—generally defined as Americans born in 1981 or after—are, without question, the most liberal generation since the New Dealers, and they could transform our politics for decades.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Elephant at the Health Care Summit

This week will determine the shape of American politics for the next three years. No, that’s not one of those journalistic exaggerations intended to catch your attention, although I hope it did.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 READ MORE


Why the Democrats Are Losing

If you want to be honest, face these facts: At this moment, President Obama is losing, Democrats are losing and liberals are losing.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Calling Dr. Clinton

When word went out that Bill Clinton was hospitalized, the prospect that he was in danger made me wish that President Obama had spent more time learning lessons that only Clinton can teach.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


The Origins of Tea Party Radicalism

The ferocity of the tea party movement’s opposition to President Obama is mystifying to political progressives. Most of the left simply doesn’t see the current occupant of the White House as especially liberal, let alone “socialist.”

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


Finish Health Care or Go Home

Some Senate Democratic moderates are petrified that Republicans will make terrible trouble if health care is passed through the “reconciliation process.” If Democrats are that intimidated by Republicans, they should just give up their majority.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Hidden Issue of 2010

I asked Vice President Joe Biden if we will hear more on the America-as-No.-1 theme. What followed was a torrent, in red, white and blue.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Thank You, Justice Alito

Justice Samuel Alito’s inability to restrain himself during the State of the Union address brought to wide attention a truth that too many have tried to ignore: The Supreme Court is now dominated by a highly politicized conservative majority intent on working its will.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE


State of the Union Math Test

There was an unexpected poignancy to the moment Wednesday evening, as President Obama sought to pass a political math test by solving several simultaneous equations.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Urgency of a Teddy Roosevelt Moment

The only proper response to the distortion of our political system by ideologically driven justices is a popular revolt of a sort deeply rooted in the American political tradition.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE


The Contradictions of Obamaism

It turns out there were core contradictions in the promises Barack Obama made to the country in 2008. They caught up with his party on Tuesday in Massachusetts.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


The Bay State Lesson

Democrats should be worried about the trouble in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate race that forced President Obama to Boston on Sunday for a last-minute campaign rescue mission.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The End of Wall Street Liberalism

If you held a contest to pick the worst thing a politician could be called at this moment, my nominee would be Wall Street Liberal—which is why President Obama’s new fees on the biggest banks comes just in time.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


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


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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


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