February 27, 2013
The GOP, which once delighted in mocking Democratic sissies, is spending the winter complaining that President Obama is being mean to Republicans.
Polls show that most Americans aren't paying attention to this sequester stuff, and that's exactly how Republicans like it.
The Lindbergh-Baby Economy
February 25, 2013
The sequester was a ransom payment to keep Republicans from wrecking the economy. But now they're blaming Obama for it.
Cancel the Sequester—or Virginia Gets It!
February 22, 2013
Republicans on Capitol Hill say the sequester wouldn't cost jobs. Republican governors aren't able to be so bold. Especially not the GOP governor of Virginia.
Is the Fever Breaking?
February 08, 2013
The real Republican divide isn't about those messaging issues discussed by political strategists. It's about policy issues like Medicaid and defense spending, where a divide is emerging between conservatives who want to make a point in a long-term philosophical debate and conservatives who have to govern right now.
Scenes from the Conservative Bunker
January 27, 2013
The message to the several hundred disconsolate attendees: Obama is out to "annihilate" the GOP.
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is in a bind. Not because recent opinion polls put his party a dozen points behind Labour and not even, really, because the British economy continues to splutter along in search of a long overdue recovery.
It's Not a Fever! How Obama Can Break the House Republicans
January 16, 2013
House Republicans aren't as crazy as they sometimes act.
Is Christie Abandoning His True Base?
January 11, 2013
His biggest boosters, a coterie of Wall Street conservatives, have lost their love.
When It Comes to Worldview, Jack Lew is Obama in Coke-Bottle Glasses
January 09, 2013
Two years ago I was interviewing Tim Geithner when he started ticking off the ways he was poorly suited to being Treasury secretary late in Obama’s first term. Above all, he said, was the fact that the job was increasingly focused on questions of values and ideology—how the government should spend its scarce resources, who should get the shaft and who should pick up the tab—whereas Geithner saw himself as a financial technocrat. “A huge part of the economic challenge the president faces on this stuff is that it’s going to be at the center of the political debate,” he told me.