The Obama administration has a lot of fights on its hands. Putting aside real wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there's the battle against leaking oil in the Gulf, the struggle against 9.7 percent unemployment across the country, and clashes over the president's agenda on Capitol Hill. Despite all that, the White House has found time to issue a new declaration of war, this time against an unlikely enemy: the state of Arizona. Read More
You can fault President Obama for not making sure his offshore drilling regulators were up to the job. And you can say he was foolish to believe that pumping an explosive mix of natural gas and oil 2 1/2 miles up to a platform floating 41 miles offshore was "absolutely safe."
But no one can say that he wasn't unlucky in his timing. Read More
Thuggery is unattractive. Ineffective thuggery even more so. Which may be one reason so many Americans have been reacting negatively to the response of Barack Obama and his administration to BP's Gulf oil spill. Read More
There was one particularly striking moment in President Obama's widely panned Oval Office speech on the Gulf oil disaster. About midway through his talk, Obama acknowledged that he had approved new offshore drilling a few weeks before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20. But Obama said he had done so only "under the assurance that it would be absolutely safe." Read More
Democrats have found that 16 months is a political eternity.
It was just that long ago that President Obama gave his first address to a joint session of Congress to thunderous, often bipartisan, cheers.
Obama's speech, which laid out a jaw-dropping agenda for his first year in office, is also memorable for the awfulness of the Republican response to it. Read More
"Government in New York is too big, ineffective and expensive," the candidate's website proclaims. "We must get our State's fiscal house in order by immediately imposing a cap on state spending and freezing salaries of state public employees as part of a one-year emergency financial plan, committing to no increase in personal or corporate income taxes of sales taxes and imposing a local property tax cap." Read More
The Minerals Management Service, which is charged with regulating offshore oil drilling, was a deeply troubled agency when Barack Obama inherited it from George W. Bush. Top MMS officials had been caught drinking, doing drugs and even having sex with oil-industry contacts. More prosaically, they accepted gifts from industry representatives and did favors for them. Read More
Harry Reid is just looking for a little credit.
In the kickoff for Reid's campaign for a fifth term representing Nevada, the Senate majority leader limbered up with a demonstration of his political clout.
The theme of the campaign launch has been "No one can do more," and is intended to remind Nevada voters how lucky they are to have Reid.
In a year when incumbency is a toxic trait, Reid is emphasizing his insider status. Read More
Buried deep inside a federal newsletter on March 16 was something called a "notice of solicitation of comments" from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor. Read More
President Obama is caught in the wickedest of political binds: the hypocrisy trap.
Obama says he's sick and tired of the Washington blame game, but still can't resist doling out piles of blame himself.
His compulsive, reflexive finger-pointing at Republicans, George W. Bush and vague villains on the right is not only unbecoming, it also reinforces the gathering public verdict that Obama is a weakling.
Victims do not make good leaders. Read More