Clinton is Better Than Obama at Explaining Why Obama is Better Than Clinton
September 06, 2012
Obama's a better president than Clinton, but Clinton's better at explaining why.
James Rowe’s Advice To Barack Obama
February 13, 2012
The best part of James Fallows’s excellent new evaluation of Barack Obama’s presidency (“Obama, Explained” in the March Atlantic) comes at the end. That’s when Fallows quotes at length a memo that the New Deal lawyer James H. Rowe, Jr. wrote for Truman after the House and Senate went Republican in 1946. The memo’s basic message is, “It’s impossible to cooperate when the other party controls Congress. Don’t even try.
Caddell-Schoen's Hillary Balloon
November 21, 2011
I bet you didn't know we've reached "the Hillary moment." Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen's latest harebrained idea is for the president to step aside and invite the Democratic National Convention to declare Hillary Clinton the 2012 nominee "by acclamation." Obama, they concede, "could still win re-election in 2012." But "the kind of campaign required for the president's political survival would make it almost impossible for him to govern." These guys have never liked Obama. They compared him to Richard Nixon before the 2010 midterms and urged him not to seek re-election a couple of weeks later.
Radical Centrists On The March!
November 21, 2011
In the past day or two, I've seen a few disparate data points to suggest that the movement to create a new third choice on the 2012 presidential ballot led by people who one might rationally expect to be with President Obama is gaining momentum. It turns out that these guys -- who are working to nominate a bipartisan ticket in an online convention with the blessing of Tom Friedman and the backing of some very wealthy people -- are not the only ones who believe that all Washington needs is a new breed of leader who can swoop in and transcend all our divides. 1.
Doug Schoen's Cup of Tea
October 18, 2011
Doug Schoen looks at the Tea Party and he finds "the most powerful and extraordinary phenomenon in recent American political history." The political elite ignore them at their peril. Doug Schoen looks at Occupy Wall Street and he finds a group with "values that are dangerously out of touch with the broad mass of the American people." The political elite embrace them at their peril. A new Time poll shows that that 54 percent of respondents have a view of Occupy Wall Street that is "very or somewhat favorable," and that 27 percent of respondents have a view of the Tea Party that is "very or som
Doug Schoen Has Lost His Mind
October 04, 2011
In case you were wondering whether Doug Schoen has completely lost his mind, Schoen clarifies the matter by declaring that the chief beneficiary of Chris Christie's deciding not to run for president is Herman Cain: I had a chance to hear Herman Cain live and in person last night at the Monday Meeting in New York City.
Replicating The Dick Morris Business Model
July 28, 2010
Putative Democratic pollsters Doug Schoen and Pat Cadell have made a mini-career in the Obama administration as Dick Morris-esque apostates. They repeat republican talking points, but the hook that gets them attention is that they make sure to mention that they're Democrats, they write this out of sadness rather than anger, their party has left them, etc. Part of the difficulty of this game, as Morris has shown, is that the bar for what counts as ideologically surprising coming from you tends to get a little higher each time.
April 29, 2010
One of my political rules of thumb in any Democratic primary is, if Joe Trippi is supporting one of the candidates, vote for the other guy. The rule worked in 2004, when Trippi became famous as Howard Dean's campaign manager. It worked earlier this year, when Trippi was urging people to support Harold Ford for Senator in New York. Now Trippi is backing gadfly billionaire Jeff Greene in the Florida Democratic primary: In some circumstances, Democrats might be thrilled to have a wealthy local figure rescue the party from Meek's candidacy, which hasn't caught fire -- but this isn't that case.
This Is Why You're Here
March 16, 2010
Slate's Will Saletan responds to pollsters Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen--and everybody else telling the Democrats not to support health care reform because it might not play well in November: Losing your job is a scary idea. It's natural to look for a way out. It's also natural to rationalize your self-preservation. You aren't really caving; you're just serving the public by heeding the polls. Isn't that a legislator's job? No. It isn't. Your job description is in the nation's founding documents. The Constitution specifies representative democracy, not direct democracy.
What Failure Would Cost the Democrats
March 15, 2010
Disgruntled (if not former) Democrats Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen are the latest to join in offering advice to President Obama and Congressional Democrats to abandon their health reform quest before it causes catastrophic damage to the party.