January 19, 2010
In early December, the White House announced four finalists for the president’s Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award--a competition that plumbed the depths of the federal bureaucracy for ideas on how the government could save money. One finalist proposed streamlining the way the Forest Service forwards campground fees to the government. Another suggested that the Social Security Administration allow people to book appointments online rather than only by phone.
Exposing The Euthanasia Scare
August 04, 2009
Republicans have a stable of bona fide health policy experts. These are recognizable, sometimes quite partisan conservatives. Yet they are handicapped as political operatives by their residence in the reality-based community.
July 29, 2008
NYT's Nagourney gives us an update on something that has seemed pretty obvious from the get-go: Obama's not going to pick Hillary. Dick Morris actually had a pretty good line about this on Fox last night, which was roughly: Picking Hillary to woo older female voters would be like being in a boat with a hole and drilling a second hole to let the water out. (Yes, he hates Hillary. But I still think he has a point.) Meanwhile Tim Kaine's star is certainly rising fast.
Is Dick Morris Making Sense?
May 08, 2008
Yesterday, Dick Morris wrote this in The Hill, dismissing the idea that Hillary would adopt the Mike Huckabee "play nice" strategy for the remainder of her campaign: Hillary won’t avail herself of that option because it does not serve her long-term fallback position: a shot at the nomination in 2012. If Obama is elected this year, he will seek reelection in 2012 and Hillary would have to face taking on an incumbent in a primary in her own party if she wanted to run, a daunting task. But if McCain wins, the nomination in 2012 will be open. And it might be worth having.
Is Mark Penn The New "charlie"?
April 11, 2008
A long print feature has been diverting me, so I've been slow making a point about the demotion/non-firing of Mark Penn. Fortunately, though, Paul Begala has given me a fresh hook today with his declaration that he has "nothing but contempt" for Penn and, especially, his dismay that Penn was not fired but merely demoted. Indeed, as others have already noted, it's not even clear how substantial a demotion it really was. And that wouldn't surprise me at all. Why?
February 13, 2008
When Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign first began, there was reason to think she would be hard to beat in a primary. Despite her Iraq vulnerability and assorted baggage, she seemed to have an impenetrable bulwark in the black vote. “Bill Clinton’s popularity with blacks has been presumed to carry over to her and help her win the important South Carolina primary...and other similar Southern primaries,” explained Newsweek in November 2006. Newsweek wisely noted that the candidacy of Barack Obama could change that presumption.
Rudy's Big Problem
November 30, 2007
Ramesh Ponnuru writes: I have always thought that Giuliani could not win a two-man primary. I no longer believe that. He could beat Huckabee even in a two-man race. He can root for Huckabee to take out all his stronger competitors. Ross Douthat agrees. Meanwhile, Dick Morris echoes the emerging consensus that Romney and Huckabee are fighting to see who will go up against Rudy on February 5th, a.k.a. Super Tuesday. I am perfectly willing to believe that a lot can change between now and the start of voting on January 3rd. Giuliani could even surge in Iowa.
Dick Morris Embarasses Himself
December 24, 2006
Ten days ago, Dick Morris was on Fox News discussing Barack Obama with Bill O'Reilly. Here are some excerpts from their conversation: MORRIS: Well, that [his poll numbers are] down, down, down. When we first started talking about it, he was at 19 percent in the polls, then 15 percent, and now I think it's 12 or 13 in the latest FOX News poll.Voters want a candidate like Obama. They want someone who's new. They want someone who's moderate and not a severe partisan. And they really would like to vote for an African-American. They really feel that that would promote national healing.
Who Can Beat Hillary In '08?
December 10, 2006
Probably you don't read the newspapers that carry the political column of Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. But I do read the New York Post, because I grew up with it when Max Lerner, Murray Kempton, Rose Franzblau, and James Wechsler were its very brainy columnists. (Now I also read the New York Daily News, because my friend Mort Zuckerman owns it.) But back to Dick Morris and Eileen McGann.
October 06, 1997
John Sweeney's name rarely appears in print without the word "militant" attached to it. Sweeney first gained national prominence in 1995, when, as president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), he led striking janitors in a sit-in that blocked morning rush-hour traffic on Washington, D.C.'s Fourteenth Street Bridge for two hours. Later that year, Sweeney burnished his reputation as a confrontationalist by running (and winning) an insurgent campaign in the first-ever contested election for the presidency of the AFLl-CIO. Heavy-set and balding, Sweeney comes across like central c