Thank God Joe Biden Has Been Marginalized in the Shutdown Standoff
October 08, 2013
Politico reports today that Joe Biden, who led President Obama's negotiations in last winter's "fiscal cliff" standoff, has been noticeably absent during the showdowns over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling.
Cokie Roberts is Hurting America
October 07, 2013
Jonathan Chait says the problem with Republicans is that they’re operating as if they’re either unaware of or don’t understand why the president can’t negotiate over the debt limit, which he truly can’t do.
The Health Care Obtuseness of a Fox-GOP Apparatchik
October 03, 2013
Everything you need to know about the health care crisis in this country in two outtakes.Yesterday on Fox’s “The Five” (transcript via Nexis):BOB BECKEL: But there were a lot of people who yesterday got a chance for the first time in their lives to g
Here's How the Shutdown Standoff is Going to End
October 03, 2013
The current thinking inside the alternate reality known as the House GOP is that Republicans will try to combine the fight on the continuing resolution (which would reopen the government) with the debt limit fight (which is necessary to avoid a defau
Conservatives Have Already Lost Control of the Shutdown Narrative
October 02, 2013
It’s no secret why Republicans are facing a PR debacle over the shutdown they triggered.
Countdown to Shutdown
September 29, 2013
The year 1996, the last time the GOP took its toys and went home rather than fund the government, hasn’t loomed so large in Washington since it actually was 1996.
The House GOP Wants to Throw a Temper Tantrum, and Boehner Can't Stop Them
September 27, 2013
Here’s the question to ask yourself while watching the government shutdown/debt-limit insanity play out these next few days: Is the congressional GOP a global menace, bent on destruction of an epic scale, or merely a goofy, intermittently-competent-a
If John Boehner Knows What's Good For Him, He'll Shut Down the Government
September 25, 2013
What the hell is John Boehner thinking? I don’t mean that strictly in a rhetorical sense, though it’s hard not to slap your head when you see the most powerful Republican in the country lurching from one cockamamie strategy to another.
On Monday I wrote a piece saying we’re headed for a government shutdown when this year’s funding runs out on September 30. The piece hinged on three assumptions.
Liberals Win the Battle Over Larry Summers—And the Democrats' Future
September 16, 2013
There were plenty of reasons to oppose Larry Summers’s nomination to the Fed, which had seemed inevitable for much of the past few months, before Summers abruptly withdrew from consideration on Sunday.