Scott Brown Has a Kelly Ayotte Problem
May 19, 2014
It was a free vote for Kelly Ayotte. The fix was already in. And she voted with Jeanne Shaheen, against Scott Brown's wishes, anyhow.
Scott Brown May Win His Senate Race. But President? Please.
March 16, 2014
The former Massachusetts senator has all but declared his Senate candidacy—and hinted he yearns for higher office.
This Environmental Bill Has Bipartisan Support. Who's Going to Kill it?
September 11, 2013
Congress today is spending its time on an unusual pursuit: debating a significant piece of legislation.
This Is Your Campaign On Drugs
July 18, 2012
In December 2007, I was in New Hampshire covering the presidential primary, and drove over to Dover, in the Seacoast region, to check in with Billy Shaheen, the Democratic power broker married to the state's former governor and current senator, Jeanne Shaheen. I knew Billy Shaheen from my days working at the Concord Monitor and wanted to take his temperature on the state of the Democratic presidential race, in which he had a personal stake: he was the chairman of Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign.
Are Senate Democrats Really That Stupid?
October 11, 2011
Are Senate Democrats really foolish enough not to line up behind President Obama's jobs bill? Quite possibly. On Tuesday night, Majority Leader Harry Reid will try to bring the newly revised package to a vote. He won't succeed, because the chamber's 47 Republicans will vote unanimously to filibuster it. And it takes only 40 to succeed. But if Reid can get just 50 Democrats to signal their support by voting to break that filibuster, then the Democrats will have a powerful rhetorical weapon.
A Dem Palin? Not Needed
August 30, 2010
The Sunday NYT carried an unusually useless op-ed yesterday, asking for a "Palin of Our Own" for the Democrats. Anna Holmes and Rebecca Traister note that Sarah Palin generates a lot of publicity, and conclude: The left should be outraged and exasperated by all this — but at their own failings as much as Ms. Palin’s ascension. Since the 2008 election, progressive leaders have done little to address the obvious national appetite for female leadership. And despite (or because of) their continuing obsession with Ms.