Good Speech, Bad Strategy
Obama's State of the Union doesn't bode well for his coalition
February 13, 2013

Obama's State of the Union doesn't bode well for the future of his coalition.

Sequester Scare Tactics
The White House finally surveys the devastation to come
February 08, 2013

The White House finally surveys the devastation of budget cuts. The ball is now in Republicans' court.

Who Are You Calling a Liberal?
If Obama is liberalism's standard bearer, liberalism's in bad shape
February 06, 2013

If Obama is liberalism's standard bearer, liberalism's in bad shape.

Drone Strike Out
The Obama administration's drone strike memo is unconstitutional
February 06, 2013

The flimsy legal reasoning of the Obama administration's drone memo is unconstitutional.

The L Word Lives
Is it safe to say "liberal" again?
January 30, 2013

Not long ago, Republicans used "liberal" as an epithet, Democrats hid from it, and conflict-averse news outlets avoided it. That's changed.  

Obama's Second Inaugural Will Stand the Test of Time
January 21, 2013

Presidents use their inaugural addresses as an opportunity to talk about the future.

Jay Rockefeller's Retirement Isn't As Bad For Democrats As You Think
January 12, 2013

When West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller announced this morning that he won't seek reelection to the Senate in 2014, political commentators immediately downgraded Democrats' chances of holding his Senate seat. Politico wrote that Rockefeller’s retirement put the seat in deeply conservative “in play,” while The Fix’s Sean Sullivan said that Rockefeller’s retirement "boosted" Republican hopes.

The Washington Post's Confused Anti-Hagel Crusade
January 11, 2013

WaPo's editorial board has given two completely opposite reasons for disliking Hagel.

A Brief History of Joe Biden's Up-and-Down Vice Presidency
January 07, 2013

Just a few weeks ago, Beltway tongues were gossiping about Vice President Joe Biden being a second-term neuter. See, for instance, the Politico article, "Joe Biden waits on sidelines," which opened like this: "Vice President Joe Biden walked the halls of Congress and hosted top-level talks at Blair House during the last fiscal showdown. This time, he’s roaming the aisles of Costco." Then, all of a sudden, Obama gave Biden charge of the gun violence task force he formed in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

Republicans are Scorpions, Democrats are Frogs (and What this Means for the Fiscal Talks)
December 23, 2012

How the fiscal cliff negotiations resemble the (slightly altered) tale of the scorpion and the frog.