The GOP's Midterm Strategy Is as Hollow as Their Ideas Are
August 22, 2014
Meanwhile, Democrats are running on Obamacare—they're just not calling it that.
This Is How Democrats Win on Obamacare
August 21, 2014
An embattled Democrat in a deeply conservative state is touting the program's benefits. He may have the right idea.
Get ready for another months-long unskewing temper tantrum.
The Repeal Swindle
April 16, 2014
Repealing Obamacare is still their goal—they're just a little ashamed of it now.
Meritocracy Gone Wild
April 27, 2012
I hate it when somebody tells a joke and blows the punchline. The Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles auctioned off an internship in the office of Sen. Mark Pryor (D., Ark.)—without actual authorization from Pryor’s office, which the donor, a venture capitalist named Chad Brownstein, a Pryor pal, figured he could get later—and the winner was soft-porn entrepreneur and Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis, who pledged to give it to the next winner of his current show, The Search For The Hottest Girl In America.
Democrat Self-Destruct Sequence, 5, 4, 3, 2...
July 28, 2010
First the good news: Via The Hill, Democratic leaders are thinking seriously about reforming the filibuster: Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate are pushing for filibuster reform at the start of the new Congress next year. And now the bad news: Five Senate Democrats have said they will not support a lowering of the 60-vote bar necessary to pass legislation. Another four lawmakers say they are wary about such a change and would be hesitant to support it.
EPA Can Still Regulate CO2 (For Now)
June 10, 2010
So it looks like Lisa Murkowski's resolution to block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases got shot down. The final vote was 47 to 53, with every Republican and six Dems voting in favor, including Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln, Evan Bayh, Mark Pryor, and Jay Rockefeller. The line from most of these folks is that they want Congress, rather than the EPA, to take the lead on global warming. Trouble is, many of them won't vote for a climate bill, either.
February 08, 2010
It was always going to be tricky for Congress to pass a big climate-change bill this year. And now, post-Scott Brown, the odds are looking even bleaker. A lot of panicky Dems are blanching at the thought of another knockdown legislative brawl before the midterms, and there's even been talk of a smaller "energy-only" bill that would dish out subsidies for various technologies but wouldn't set hard limits on greenhouse gases. Cap-and-trade still has its backers in the Senate, but picking up 60 votes looks increasingly daunting. So is that it?
Failed Reform Would Haunt the Democrats Like the Undead
February 03, 2010
President Obama is going to address another Congressional gathering today. The audience will be more friendly this time: It will be the Senate Democratic caucus. But the stakes will be just as high as they were when Obama spoke to Republican House members last week. Health care is bound to come up at the meeting. I assume Obama will raise it during his prepared remarks; if not, he'll get questions about it. And the big controversy right now is whether the Senate is willing to amend its bill through the budget reconciliation process.
Is The EPA Ruling Putting Pressure On Congress?
December 10, 2009
Now that the EPA has laid the groundwork to go forward with its own set of greenhouse-gas regulations, p observers have suggested that this will put pressure on Congress to pass a climate bill next year, rather than leaving everything up to the executive branch. But is there any actual evidence of this pressure? Maybe so. Here's Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor: Sen.