Polls are open in 11 states as I write, with full results unavailable till after my deadline, but it seems that some lessons can already be drawn from this political year. Incumbents are not popular, especially Democratic incumbents. Democrats' big-government programs are hugely unpopular. Economic distress has made Americans yearn not for more government but for less. Read More
When "not illegal" is the best thing that the White House can say about the behavior of the president's top aides, it's not a good sign.
But the Obama administration finds itself holding the sleazy-but-legal line on deals Rahm Emanuel and his lieutenant, Jim Messina, tried to cut to keep Democrats Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff from taking on the national party's preferred candidates in Senate primaries. Read More
President Obama went from the triumph of passing his national health plan to the tragedy of the BP oil spill in just two months.
It was only March 28 when Obama pronounced that getting Congress to pass a bill strenuously disliked by the American people was proof that government could "still do big things." By May 28, Americans were watching oil belch up from the briny deep and wondering whether government could do anything at all. Read More
An interesting thing about Barack Obama is that he chose, on two occasions, to live in Chicago -- even though he didn't grow up there, had no family ties there, never went to school there.
It was a curious choice. Chicago has a civic culture all its own and one that is particularly insular. Family ties and personal connections are hugely important. Professionals who have lived and worked there for a quarter-century are brusquely reminded, "You're not from here." Read More
People who support or participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this Saturday are doing so to help in the fight against life-shattering breast cancer. What few of them know is that they'll also be raising money for a multimillion-dollar lobbying effort for higher federal spending and key elements of President Obama's health care bill. Read More
To many Republicans, the White House's story on the Joe Sestak matter just doesn't add up. Why would chief of staff Rahm Emanuel enlist former President Bill Clinton -- outside of Barack Obama, the biggest gun in the Democratic world -- to offer an obscure, unpaid position to Rep. Sestak in exchange for Sestak agreeing not to challenge White House favorite Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary? Read More
What happens to federal employees who ignore safety warnings, cover up incompetent or even criminal behavior, destroy official documents and mislead members of Congress? At the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), they get promoted.
That's the take-away from last week's National Whistleblowers Assembly on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the Government Accountability Project (GAP) and featuring famous NYPD whistleblower Frank Serpico and former FBI agent Coleen Rowley. Read More
How interested is Barack Obama in discussing Rep. Joe Sestak's allegation that the White House offered him a big government job if he would not challenge Sen. Arlen Specter, the White House's favored candidate in the Pennsylvania Senate primary?
Well, when the president was asked about it at his news conference Thursday -- the question didn't come up until the very last reporter was called on -- the normally long-winded Obama spoke for a total of 32 seconds. Read More
Among the more interesting episodes within the 2008 presidential race was the too-brief effort of former Tennessee Republican Sen. Fred Thompson to offer GOP voters a solidly conservative alternative to the doomed inevitability of John McCain. Read More
It's gut check time for America's casual libertarians.
After watching Rand Paul get pilloried for engaging in a politically foolish theoretical discussion about the constitutionality of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it's obvious that the days when liberals tolerated libertarians are over.
For decades, conservatives who didn't want to be associated with the more controversial precincts of the Right have had an easy dodge: "I'm really more of a libertarian. ... " Read More