In Defense of Michael Steele
July 07, 2010
WASHINGTON–It's easy to understand why Democrats want Michael Steele to stay in the news. The Republican National Committee chairman is a wonderful distraction, a constant source of gaffes, laughs, clarifications and denials. But Steele recently scored a victory of sorts, even though you wouldn't know it from the coverage: His comments on Afghanistan got Democrats to recite GOP talking points from the Bush era.
On the Ground in Massachusetts
January 18, 2010
From a Democratic operative in the state, via e-mail: Yesterday may have helped. She needs huge voter turnout in Boston but didn't ask the mayor for help until very late. His wife, the very popular-Angela Menino, did a robocall for Coakley this weekend. She got Jim McGovern, who's got a very strong Worcester organization, involved very late as well. He turned out thousands of votes for Hillary in 2008 primary. Coakley's advocates keep pushing the Bush-Cheney message. (Scott Brown = Dick Cheney.) I worry about this. In political terms, Bush feels like ancient history. He's off the stage.
Mcgovern Vs. Obama
November 14, 2007
I was surprised when Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts--a lead advocate for near-immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq--endorsed Hillary Clinton. Now he's going after Barack Obama's anti-war credentials. ("[H]he should be more careful, because his record doesn't always line up with his rhetoric.") --Michael Crowley
Learning from Newt
January 24, 2005
Early last year, a Democratic representative named Chris Bell decided it was time someone really went after Tom DeLay. Like many of his Democratic colleagues, Bell had come to believe that DeLay, a fellow Texan, was not just a tyrannical House majority leader, but that his pursuit of power had led him to trample House ethics rules.
The Right Man
June 16, 2003
Nestled high among the mountains of Cauca, a coca-producing region in southern Colombia, La Sierra is one of those forgotten villages Colombians call ghost towns. For at least two years, it was governed by the leftist rebels known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (farc). But, on March 5, 2003, a band of 36 soldados campesinos, or peasant soldiers--ordinary Colombians who train for three months in urban warfare under a new government program and then return home--marched into town and took over. According to surprised residents, the farc abruptly left.