Spin At All Costs
April 21, 2010
Last week, Republican pollster Frank Luntz offered himself up as a punch line in a segment for “The Daily Show.” The somewhat convoluted premise of the sketch was that the show’s correspondent, Samantha Bee, was helping a security consultant track down his stolen guns. For her search team, Bee assembled an ex-con, a former loan shark, and Luntz. At one point, as the three questioned the consultant’s cleaning staff, the ex-shylock threatened to break their bones unless they confessed. “No no no no no,” interjected Luntz.
April 09, 2010
One day, just over a decade ago, The New Republic was hosting a pleasant off-the-record discussion with a very high-ranking Republican member of Congress who was expressing his belief in the public’s ability to assess its own self-interest.
Conservatives See Through "Repeal And Replace"
April 08, 2010
The Hill reports that conservatives in Congress are rebelling against the "repeal and replace" message on health care, preferring a straight repeal message: In the days following the enactment of Obama’s sweeping healthcare reform measure, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) agreed to pursue a “repeal and replace” strategy as lawmakers headed home for the Easter recess. That has frustrated King and other conservatives. “Sell the repeal idea. We can debate the replace idea.
The GOP Is Just Not That Into The Deficit
April 02, 2010
There's a persistent tendency among many deficit hawks to wish away the central obstacle to their goal: namely, the Republican Party is totally unwilling to cooperate with their stated goal of reducing the deficit. Republicans think big government is a problem, and they are happy to use the deficit as a means of discrediting big government when Democrats are in power, but they do not consider deficits per se a major problem. That's why Ronald Reagan enacted huge tax cuts and defense spending increases, why George W.
Why Is Obama Opening Up New Areas For Offshore Drilling?
March 31, 2010
The big news today is that Obama's reportedly planning to open up a bunch of new offshore areas to oil and gas exploration for the first time: Under the plan, the coastline from New Jersey northward would remain closed to all oil and gas activity. So would the Pacific Coast, from Mexico to the Canadian border. The environmentally sensitive Bristol Bay in southwestern Alaska would be protected and no drilling would be allowed under the plan, officials said.
The Repeal Fantasy
March 23, 2010
Looks like an uphill fight even within the Republican Party, reports Suzy Khimm: Before the health care vote, the GOP position was one of all-out opposition to the bill—House Republican leader John Boehner described the legislation as "armageddon" that "will ruin our country." But Guthrie is not the only conservative expressing qualms about his party's stampede to reject the legislation outright—raising questions about whether Republicans can pull off a "throw-the-whole-thing out" strategy. Sen.
The Ever-Changing Massa Conspiracy
March 11, 2010
On Monday, Eric Massa had transformed himself into a Republican hero by railing against the Democratic leadership and hinting that he was being set up in order to facilitate the passage of health care reform. Conservative outlets swarmed with conspiratorial thinking.
The Public Isn’t Enthused About Health Care Reform. So What?
March 03, 2010
“With the passage of time,” former Bush administration official Pete Wehner writes today, “President Bush’s decision to champion a new counterinsurgency strategy, including sending 30,000 additional troops to Iraq when most Americans were bone-weary of the war, will be seen as one of the most impressive and important acts of political courage in our lifetime.” Wehner may turn out to be right.
Second-Class Insurance for Second-Class People?
March 02, 2010
You’d have to be pretty cold-hearted to think somebody should go without insurance just because she has a kid with asthma, was born with diabetes, or survived a bout of breast cancer--just three of the conditions that today would render an individual “un-insurable” in the eyes of the insurance industry. To fix this problem, President Obama and the Democrats would prohibit insurers from denying coverage, or even charging higher rates, to people with pre-existing medical conditions.
The GOP's Pre-Existing Ideology
March 01, 2010
You’d have to be pretty cold-hearted to think somebody should go without insurance just because she has a kid with asthma, was born with diabetes, or survived a bout of breast cancer--just three of the conditions that today would render an individual “uninsurable” in the eyes of the industry. To fix this problem, President Obama and the Democrats would prohibit insurers from denying coverage, or even charging higher rates, to people with pre-existing medical conditions.