Pelosi Won’t Say, Can’t Say, Doesn’t Know

By |February 28th, 2010|

On ABC's "This Week," Speaker Pelosi asked a fundamental question about lawmakers in Congress. She answered it like this: PELOSI:Well first of all our members -- every one of them -- wants health care. I think everybody wants affordable health care for all Americans. They know that this will take courage. It took courage to [...]

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Al Gore, China, and Nancy Pelosi Hearts Tea Partiers

By |February 28th, 2010|

Two important editorials today, one on China, with this closer: China is no enemy, but inflating the challenge from China could be just as dangerous as underestimating it. The other from former Vice President Al Gore, who finally addresses the latest scandals and Rush Limbaugh induced hysteria on climate change. I've also got something up [...]

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Reviews on the HCR Summit are In

By |February 27th, 2010|

A lot of responses to the simple question I posed in my newsletter on Thursday: What do you think about Obama's health care summit?  There were way too many to post, but below is a representative smattering of the wide opinions I received. Thanks to everyone for chiming in, which I ask every month to [...]

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Jim Bunning Shows Democrats How It’s Done

By |February 26th, 2010|

Via Politico, after the Democrats' milquetoast performance on health care leadership over the last year and counting, who doesn't appreciate Sen. Bunning's bluntness? In a colloquy with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Jeff Merkley, a freshman Democrat from Oregon, was pleading for Bunning to drop his objection, when the Kentucky Republican got fed [...]

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Obama Says Please, Republicans Say No

By |February 26th, 2010|

One big problem for Democrats after yesterday's event is that it's doubtful any congressional minds were changed. The Democrats didn't drive directly into the Republicans and their false talking points, because the congressional leaders who are best at doing so weren't invited. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Anthony Weiner, even Dennis Kucinich, though I'm not a particularly [...]

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Political Palate Cleanser

By |February 25th, 2010|

Well, whether you love or hate Pres. Obama, what Republican could have pulled off almost a 7-hour policy debate? The bad news is that he's the president, so he shouldn't have to play mediator or "moderator." He's supposed to lead. Other than that... The Wall Street Journal's Susan Davis has put together "The Best Tweets [...]

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LIVEBLOGGING: Obama, Dems and Republicans, The Summit

By |February 25th, 2010|

--updated throughout summit-- After over a year, it just now dawns on Pres. Obama that he should consider going smaller? That's what the Wall Street Journal is reporting, even as the White House denies it. It's the backdrop of the summit. The larger Obama health plan has been in jeopardy since last month, when Democrats [...]

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Gov. Paterson and his Thug Aide

By |February 25th, 2010|

Governor of a big state uses his powers to help a key aide hide thuggery against a woman, said governor also using the police to nudge the woman into being, shall we say, a bit more cooperative. What century are we in? Well, the New York Times piece involving Paterson has dropped and it's as [...]

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Countdown to Blair House Health Care… er… Rumble!

By |February 24th, 2010|

What do you expect from tomorrow's televised health care summit between Obama, Democrats and Republicans? Short answer: "PEOPLE SITTING AROUND ARGUING INTO MICROPHONES IS WHAT WE DO." Nod to Ben Smith for this one. ...and since the previous meta thread on Kevin Madden, Twitter and factoid analysis, I thought I'd draw attention to a woman [...]

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Kevin Madden, Twitter and the Problem with Cherry Picked Factoids

By |February 24th, 2010|

I rarely do this, but let's go meta for a moment. Kevin Madden was Mitt Romney's former campaign aide. Not bad on the eyes, obviously smart and a favorite among the Beltway set, Madden dispenses analysis on Twitter like mini shots of political caffeine, delivering short bursts of cherry-picked political nuggets easily digested by people [...]

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