Eric Cantor And The Birthers
January 24, 2011
Republican leaders have a delicate task in how they treat the Birthers. They can't come too close without risking their credibility in the center, but they can't openly denounce them either, without alienating an important part of their base. The result in painful tap-dances like this from Eric Cantor: MR.
Obama to Embrace Center? Move Left? I'm Betting Neither.
January 24, 2011
A story in Sunday's New York Times had the headline "Obama to Press Centrist Agenda in His Address." It was the kind of article that both sources and editors undoubtedly imagined would set the tone for discussion on the Sunday morning shows. And, based on what I saw on television, the sources and editors were right.
Republicans Learn To Hate The Filibuster
January 19, 2011
Brad notes, hilariously, that Republicans have been running the House for a week and they're already flip-flopping on the merits of the filibuster: Earlier this morning, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor kept insisting to reporters, "The Senate ought not to be a place where legislation goes into a dead end." (He said some variation of this three times.) Cantor's frustrated because the House is all set to repeal health care reform, and Harry Reid has said he's not even going to bother bringing the bill up for consideration in the still-barely-Democratic Senate.
Republicans Learn To Hate The Senate
January 19, 2011
For the last two years, the Senate has been the major barricade between the country and various bits of progressive legislation. Over and over again, the House would pass a bill—climate legislation, anyone?—and liberal groups would get excited, only to watch the thing get scuttled by filibusters in the Senate.
Are Republicans Really That Excited About A Debt Limit Brawl?
January 18, 2011
There are plenty of conservatives who can't wait for a knockdown brawl over the federal debt ceiling this spring. As South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint put it, "We need to have a showdown, at this point, that we're not going to increase our debt ceiling anymore." Likewise, three GOP presidential hopefuls (Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Pence) told The Wall Street Journal today that they opposed any lifting of the debt ceiling by Congress unless it was accompanied by strict spending cuts.
The New Civility
January 17, 2011
Washington—President Obama’s call for “a more civil and honest public discourse” will get its first test much sooner than we expected. Having properly postponed all legislative action last week out of respect for Rep.
DISPUTATIONS: Looking for Trouble
January 15, 2011
Click here to read the original article, “Mobs,” and click here to read David C. Ward and Jonathan D. Katz’s letter to Jed Perl. Let me make one thing absolutely clear. I have not written a review of “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.” Nor do I intend to. So while David Ward and Jonathan Katz may welcome “attacks” on their exhibition, they cannot count me among the attackers.
Eric Cantor on Math and Elvis
January 05, 2011
As readers know, the Republican effort to repeal health care reform runs smack into their promise to balance the budget, since the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit by more than $100 billion in the first decade and by more than $1 trillion in the second.
The Health Care Ruling Doesn't Worry Me
December 13, 2010
Click here for Jonathan Cohn on why we shouldn't freak out about the ruling. Conservatives are jubilant that a Republican judge in Virginia has agreed with their contention that the individual mandate, formerly a pillar of Republican health reform proposals, is unconstitutional: “Today’s ruling is a clear affirmation that President Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional,” Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the presumptive House majority leader next year, said in a statement. ... “Today is a great day for liberty,” Utah Sen.
The PICTURE: Mobs
December 08, 2010
“Some men are almost all mob-self, incapable of imaginative individual responses.” That is D.H. Lawrence, writing eighty years ago, in his essay “Pornography and Obscenity.” It’s the mob-self that controls the culture wars, and those wars may be heating up again right now, swirling around “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” a show that opened at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington in October.