Moment of Clarity
February 22, 2010
WASHINGTON--This week will determine the shape of American politics for the next three years. No, that's not one of those journalistic exaggerations intended to catch your attention, although I hope it did. It's an accurate description of the stakes at the health care summit President Obama has called for Thursday. The issue is whether the summit proves to be the turning point in a political year that, at the moment, is moving decisively in the Republicans' direction.
People Hate Congress
February 19, 2010
Matthew Yglesias points out that Republicans in Congress, with only 28% approval, score lower approval ratings than Russia or even Cuba. Aside from the obvious apples-to-oranges problem -- I seriously doubt more Americans would prefer to be governed by Vladimir Putin or Raul Castro than John Boehner -- he fails to note that the same poll finds Congressional Democrats with the exact same 28% rating.
What? Conservatives Agree The Stimulus Helped?
February 17, 2010
In response to David Leonhardt's outstanding New York Times article on the success of the stimulus, Reihan Salam at National Review objects that Leonhardt is refuting a notion that no serious person actually holds: If Leonhardt intends to knock down a straw-man argument — ARRA has had no impact and the economy would be in the same shape without any fiscal stimulus program — he succeeds. ...
The Left's Chance At Redemption
February 10, 2010
In their letter to President Obama on his proposed health care summit, John Boehner and Eric Cantor ask, Will the President include in this discussion congressional Democrats who have opposed the House and Senate health care bills? Asked and answered!
Obama: GOP Has to Give Ground, Too
February 09, 2010
President Obama visited the White House briefing room today, where he made a statement about bipartisanship and then took several questions from reporters.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
February 09, 2010
So how would Republicans respond to President Obama's invitation to a bipartisan meeting on health care? Consider the first paragraph of this new letter from House Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor: We welcome President Obama's announcement of forthcoming bipartisan health care talks. In fact, you may remember that last May, Republicans asked President Obama to hold bipartisan discussions on health care in an attempt to find common ground, but he declined and instead chose to work with only Democrats. Yes, I do remember Republicans asking for bipartisan talks.
You Call This a Better Idea?
January 29, 2010
Timothy Jost is a professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Meet the New GOP Centrists
January 13, 2010
The closest thing Congress has to its own Tea Party takes place every Wednesday afternoon, in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office building.
The Kristol Ball
December 28, 2009
If you're logging in for the first time in a few days and catching up on health care reform, you've probably read a few articles about how the issue will play in the 2010 midterm elections, assuming Congress passes a bill sometime early in the new year. Some people think the issue will help the Democrats, because it's a huge, historic accomplishment that will (eventually) address economic insecurity. Others think it will hurt the Democrats, since it's a big government program and won't do anything to boost jobs in the next few months.
John Boehner: a Man of Few Words
December 11, 2009
I wouldn't presume to diagnose from afar (where's Bill Frist when you need him?), but it certainly seems as though House Minority Leader John Boehner has been struck down with some peculiar form of palilalia. In a WaPo ope-ed (or whatever you call the columns on that weird, new "Washington FORUM" page) of only 604 words, Boehner repeats the phrase "job-killing" not twice, not thrice, but four time in slamming the Dems' economic agenda. (That's once every 150 words, for those keeping track at home.) I'll admit the phrase has a nice ring.