The Secret Austerity Society: Bipartisan Group Works on Grand Bargain

By: Sunday March 4, 2012 4:20 pm

Here we go again. Intransigence from Republicans basically kept us out of a grand bargain last year. Plenty of Democrats were willing to do it, the White House was more than willing to do it, and even John Boehner was willing to do it, at least on a conceptual level. But House Republicans wouldn’t betray [...]

John Boehner Warns Against Crippling Spending Cuts

By: Friday October 28, 2011 9:35 am

House Speaker John Boehner predictably rejected the Democrats’ $3 trillion proposal to reduce the deficit, because it included tax increases. As a result, there are two additional options: a smaller, all-cuts proposal along the lines of what Republicans have offered, or gridlock, and a move into next year with the trigger of automatic, across-the-board cuts [...]

Democrats Bicker on American Jobs Act

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 6:55 am

Weekly unemployment claims spiked up again today, and the NY Fed’s survey of regional manufacturing, a key indicator of the economy, was down sharply relative to expectations. This is a crisis time in the economy, and big solutions are needed to arrest the slide. The American Jobs Act isn’t perfect, but it would improve the [...]

Blue Dogs Whine About Not Enough Love from Pelosi

By: Monday February 7, 2011 11:18 am

Blue Dogs must be hazing a bigger sad than normal today with the imminent loss of Jane Harman from their ranks. Prior to this, they moaned to DC rag The Hill that they have no communication with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. There’s been “no communication” this Congress between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and [...]

The Blue Dogs’ Lament

By: Monday January 10, 2011 8:52 am

Reminding us that politics never really leaves, even in times when we are told to “come together,” a bunch of Blue Dogs griped to Roll Call that they’re ready to “cut deals” with the Republican majority: Blue Dog Democrats remain deeply frustrated with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi‚Äôs leadership and are signaling they are ready to [...]

Deal Avoids Divisive Clyburn-Hoyer Minority Whip Fight

By: Sunday November 14, 2010 4:45 pm

So Nancy Pelosi managed to get a deal whereby James Clyburn and Steny Hoyer stay in the House Democratic leadership, without displacing any other junior member. Hoyer would get the Number 2 position of Minority Whip, while Clyburn would get some other as-yet-undescribed Number 3 spot. In essence, the House Democrats added one chair to [...]

Pelosi Officially Running for Minority Leader

By: Friday November 5, 2010 10:13 am

She broke the news on Twitter: Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader. Not everyone in the caucus will support her, obviously. We already have Heath Shuler thinking he can win a Minority Leader race, Jim Matheson has called on her [...]

Pelosi Poised to Return as Minority Leader

By: Friday November 5, 2010 7:04 am

I really did think she would leave, but the most effective leader in the Democratic Party may just hang around for a while longer. High-level Democratic sources in the House tell ABC News Pelosi is seriously considering staying in Congress and running for the position of minority leader. Pelosi is methodically calling every Democratic House [...]

Blue Dogs Gutted the Only Legislation that Would Save Them

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 12:49 pm

Just to continue about the stupidity of a Heath Shuler run for Minority Leader, consider that even Joe Klein can figure out that Blue Dogs cut their own throat, and putting the kind of people in charge with that same mentality would basically end the Democratic Party as we know it: Normally, I don’t have [...]

Heath Shuler, Following His Football Career, Wants to Quarterback Democrats to Defeat

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 11:24 am

I personally don’t think Nancy Pelosi will be back to take the position of Minority Leader. Aside from a return going against the historical norm (outside of Sam Rayburn in the 1940s and 50s), I don’t think she would want to put up with the garbage anymore. However, I would strongly support her coming back [...]

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