To some observers, the Democrats' race to pass national health care seems irrational -- even suicidal. Don't party leaders understand how much the public opposes the bills currently on the table? Don't they know that voters are likely to take their revenge at the polls next year? Given that, why do they keep rushing ahead? Read More
Congressman Bart Gordon of the 6th district of Tennessee has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2010. Gordon is a Democrat who was first elected in 1984, when 6th district incumbent Al Gore successfully ran for U.S. senator. He was then 35, a practicing lawyer who had been chairman of the Tennessee Democratic party for two years. Read More
In the two major policy initiatives of the president and the majority party -- universal health insurance and a limit on carbon emissions -- details do not matter.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid is producing the legislative equivalent of a hobo stew as he tries to wring out the final few votes for the president's health plan. Whatever ideas Democrats have had on health care over the last 30 years are going in the pot. Read More
Conventional political wisdom pegs Republicans as the most threatened by pollster Scott Rasmussen's shocking finding that a Tea Party party would draw more support today than the GOP, but Democrats have even more to fear.
Consider the situation facing Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., an incumbent representing one of her party's most reliable congressional districts in the country, thanks to the 18 point registration advantage Democrats enjoy over Republicans. Read More
That pesky Judicial Wach bunch just won't go away! Now they've filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Secret Service, asking a federal court to order the release of visitor logs to the White House for the period between Jan. 20, 2009, and Aug. 10, 2009. Read More
First, President Obama's EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson threatens to implement draconian new federal controls on the private economy if Congress fails to pass cap-and-trade legislation that is opposed by a majority of Americans. Read More
Most folks in the nation’s capital have probably never even heard of Jenny Beth Martin, despite the fact that the Tea Party Patriots organizer is not so quietly helping to reshape America’s future — even as the Washington Establishment obliviously goes about business as usual.
I’ve never met Martin in person, but it doesn’t take much reading of her stuff to see that she gets the two most important facts about political reality in the Obama era. Read More
President Obama's invocations of Sept. 11 in his West Point speech on Afghanistan landed with a clatter.
To anti-war liberals, it was a reminder of their revulsion every time George W. Bush used the attacks as a pretext for his foreign policy. From the moment Bush grabbed the bullhorn at the ruins of the World Trade Center, they felt that he had co-opted a national tragedy for his own agenda. Read More
Next time your senator or representative tells you how dedicated he is to helping you with your problems with government, ask him how much he pays his staff members who actually do the legwork for such duties? According to a new analysis on OpenHouseProject.com by Daniel Schuman, odds are the salary isn't much. Read More
"What have you done for me lately?" It's a question that voters implicitly ask politicians, especially ones they have supported and who are seeking their votes again. And it's a question that young voters in particular may be asking Barack Obama, whom they supported by a 66 to 32 percent margin 13 months ago. Read More