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.
Tax Reform, RIP
January 07, 2013
Tax reform, which was always undesirable and unlikely, is now officially impossible.
Finished With Taxes? Not Even Close
January 06, 2013
With two new fiscal fights approaching, Republicans want taxes off the table.
On Sandy Relief, GOP Is Stiffing Its Own
January 02, 2013
GOP House leaders skipped town without voting on Sandy relief—sticking it to Republican voters.
The House Comes Around on the Cliff. Why Am I Not Reassured?
January 02, 2013
If you’re gaming out what’s likely to happen during the next fiscal showdown a few months from now, there are two ways to interpret the legacy of the cliff episode, which ended when the House approved the McConnell-Biden compromise last night. For Democrats, the optimistic take-away is that the two parties set up a mechanism for getting deals done, which is roughly as follows: First, the White House works out a compromise with Mitch McConnell, which passes the Senate with a bipartisan super-majority. This effectively isolates the House GOP and tells John Boehner the game is up.