Is the Obama Campaign Admitting a Strategic Error?
December 14, 2011
With the caveat that I've only been loosely following the political news these last six months, and have been completely out of it these last two weeks, this quote from Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager, at a briefing for reporters struck me as interesting [h/t Mike Allen]: "[F]or this same group of people that you're talking about [independents], what they do like about this president is that he's no longer waiting for Congress to act. He's looking at his own executive power to figure out where he can move things forward.
Trying Too Hard, Ctd.
December 12, 2011
Remember when Mitt Romney told us a few weeks ago that he was deeply reluctant to run for president a second time and did not decide to until the last year or two, when it became clear that the current president wasn't up to the task? (Leave aside the campaign book written in 2009, and the campaigning on behalf of candidates in New Hampshire and South Carolina in 2010, and the leadership PAC raising and doling out millions, and his adviser's declaration, on the day that he dropped out in 2008, that "he should be president.
Super Committee Fails?
November 20, 2011
On Friday I said we'd probably get a "ticktock" of how the super committee failed Thanksgiving weekend. I was off by five days. In Politico today Mike Allen has a rough-draft ticktock of how the super committee failed. This is testament, I guess, to Politico's slightly insane commitment to getting the news before it happens; to Allen's particular skill at doing so; and to the heretofore unacknowledged apparent reality that the super committee was pretty much destined to fail from the beginning. Allen reports that two members--Rep.
The Pseudo List
November 03, 2011
Social Scientist: DAVID BROOKS Democrat: BARACK OBAMA Moderate: JOHN ROBERTS Tim Russert: DAVID GREGORY Wise Man: RICHARD HAASS Mike Allen: MARK HALPERIN Bono: BONO John le Carré: DAVID IGNATIUS Oprah Winfrey: ANDERSON COOPER
House GOP: Obama Engineered The Crisis
July 25, 2011
A House Republican offers this GOP spin, per Mike Allen: “President Obama blew up any chance of a bigger agreement with his insistence on tax hikes and by backing away from some of the serious structural entitlement reforms he agreed to rhetorically. He has only himself to blame. The President desperately wants a large debt limit increase that will take him past the next presidential election.
Mike Allen describes the Republican panic over the party's presidential field. It's a terrific piece of reporting, confirming everything we've known or suspected about how the party elites think of their field. For reasons I find strange, they desperately want a savior from outside the field, and consider Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie the most plausible white knights. I wrote a column for the New York Times magazine explaining my incomprehension with their assessment of these figures.
All The President's Hor D'Oeurves
April 27, 2011
A huge, huge announcement, per Mike Allen's Playbook, about Politico's plans to participate in, cover, and generally win the White House Correspondents Association annual bacchanalia: POLITICO UNVEILS WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ DINNER GUEST LIST, EVENT DETAILS AND COVERAGE PLANS -- Some guest highlights: Musician John Legend; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; designer Tory Burch; Rep. Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin, top aide to Secretary of State Clinton; comedian Joan Rivers; financier T.
Elephants Never Forget, Including Non-Events
April 08, 2011
Everybody has been talking about the potential negative ramifications of a budget shutdown. But what about the negative ramifications of an agreement, huh? That's what at least one republican wants to know, per Mike Allen: EMAIL DU JOUR, from a Bush alumnus: “think it's interesting that everyone is talking about how clinton won 95 shutdown and republicans lost, as though it's the only budget battle in history. but nobody is talking about how 41 compromised (broke ‘read my lips’ pledge) to avoid shutdown in 1990 and lost reelection as a result.” That makes sense.
Paul Ryan, Media Mastermind
April 08, 2011
[Guest post by James Downie] Perhaps the strangest part of the furor around the Ryan budget proposal has been his ability to snow the media into treating him as a serious wonk, a thinker of “brave” thoughts. Then again, as Jon has written many times, media outlets seem to have fallen head over heels for Ryan’s “just a plain accountant” persona.
What Does The Tea Party Want?
March 14, 2011
Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen argue that the Tea Party redefined the purpose of the GOP as opposition to spending: The Republican Party is undergoing a messy but unmistakable 20-month transformation from fanatically anti-Obama to fanatically anti-spending, providing top party officials a new and intriguing playbook for recapturing the White House in 2012. To understand the current evolution, flash back to late spring of 2009. The GOP was disoriented and adrift, its leadership void filled by the bombastic voices of Palin, Beck and Rush Limbaugh.