A Lost Generation
November 03, 2010
Asked on Monday to assess the significance of the coming Democratic defeat, Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, tried to portray this election as fairly typical.
August 23, 2010
From 2010, Richard Just on Obama’s increasingly absurd position on gay marriage.
June 17, 2010
Did Obama just dump his best friend on Wall Street?
Yup, Crist Is Going Indie (Updated)
April 08, 2010
From the St. Petersburg Times: Crist has previously denied he's thinking about running as an independent, and on Wednesday he brushed off the question. "I'm focused on the session," the governor said. "I'm focused on these bills that are pending and coming up shortly. That's where my focus is, there will be time for other things later." This is best translated as "yes." Update: Or maybe not: To put these rumors to rest once and for all, as we have said countless times before, Gov. Crist is running for the United States Senate as a Republican.
Crist's Slow Escape From The GOP
March 29, 2010
Yesterday's debate between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio doesn't change my long-held view that Crist will/should run for Senate as an independent. This answer to the question of whether he'll run as an independent, for instance, sounded awfully like the words of a man who, at the very least, is keeping the door open: CRIST: I'm running as a Republican. I'm very proud to be from the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, others that really have stood up for the principles of our party, like Ronald Reagan. This is a great party. It has a great future.
A Trap of Their Own Design
January 20, 2010
At this stage in the electoral cycle, Democrats should be running hard against big banks and their consequences. Some roots of our current economic difficulties lie in the Clinton 1990s, but the real origins can be traced to the financial deregulation at the heart of the Reagan Revolution--and all the underlying problems became much worse in eight years of George W.
Adios, Monroe Doctrine
December 28, 2009
The ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has provided Latin America with a revelatory moment. Beginning with the Monroe Doctrine--and extending through countless invasions, occupations, and covert operations--Washington has considered the region its backyard. So where was this superpower these past few months, as Honduras hung in the balance? More or less sitting on its hands. The fact is that the United States is no longer willing, or perhaps even able, to select who governs from Tegucigalpa, or anywhere else in the region for that matter.
Did Bank Lobbyists Write Obama's Reform Proposal?
June 18, 2009
What is the essence of the problem with our financial system--what brought us into deep crisis, what scared us most in September/October of last year, and what was the toughest problem in the early days of the Obama administration? The issue was definitely not that banks and non-banks could fail in general. We're good at handling some kinds of financial failure. The problem was: a relatively small number of troubled banks were so large that their failure could imperil both our financial system and the world economy. And--at least in the view of Treasury--these banks were so large that they cou
Maverick vs. Iceman
February 27, 2008
A couple of years ago, as part of his campaign to reassure conservatives of his ideological reliability, John McCain sat for an interview with Stephen Moore, a Wall Street Journal editorial writer and fervent advocate of supply-side economics. In the course of the interview, McCain acknowledged that not all his positions were acceptable to the right, but he hinted that further rightward evolution might be possible. "His philosophy is best described as a work in progress," wrote Moore somewhat hopefully. As McCain put it, "I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do abou
F You, Dubya
February 05, 2008
A peculiar moment in Mitt Romney's very peculiar "victory" speech (in which, among other oddities, a major applause line was his pointing out that he can win in states--Michigan, Utah, Massachusetts--where he's been a resident; if France could vote, he'd be a shoo-in): Listing "great presidents" he cites Ronald Reagan, "George Herbert Walker Bush," and Teddy Roosevelt. The implied dis of Bush the Younger is all the odder given that Romney generally seems most popular (insofar as he's popular at all) with Republicans who are still enamored of W. A Freudian slip?