No living member of Congress has accomplished as much as he has.
Stronger political parties would have avoided this week's shutdown
Stronger political parties, acting in their own interest, could avoid this week's self-inflicted wounds.
In the last several weeks, people have started to question the supposed inevitability of Hillary Clinton as the next Democratic presidential nominee. First, Bill de Blasio won the New York mayoral primary, which appeared to signal rising anxiety about income inequality.
Focusing on the House is a better strategy. Here's why
In the ensuing fourteen months, Democrats and their assorted allies will spend tens of millions of dollars to protect their razor-thin majority in the United States Senate. The Kentucky race alone—to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—could cost the parties in excess of $100 million, according to some estimates. In other competitive contests, outside spending could easily exceed that benchmark.
For all the excitement about left-leaning demographics, a real majority party needs better numbers among blue-collar whites.
Questions about implementation are no sign of distress: They mean Congress is doing its job.
Congressional questions about implementation are no sign of distress: They just mean Congress is doing its job.
But don't blame gerrymandering
When House Democrats failed to win a majority last November, despite winning the popular vote, many people recognized how difficult it would be to realize President Obama’s dream of retaking Congress in 2014. Just how difficult, though?
Several high-profile Democratic governors seem to think gun control is no longer an issue to avoid. Will they be proven right?
When West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller announced this morning that he won't seek reelection to the Senate in 2014, political commentators immediately downgraded Democrats' chances of holding his Senate seat. Politico wrote that Rockefeller’s retirement put the seat in deeply conservative “in play,” while The Fix’s Sean Sullivan said that Rockefeller’s retirement "boosted" Republican hopes.
Gun control is one of the great pieces of unfinished business for the Democratic Party. Although the party has never been unified in its support of restrictive gun laws – indeed, gun control historically transcends the usual party lines – for the past century Democrats have pushed for a more vigorous role for government in regulating guns.