Election Day Thoughts About the Debate We Never Had

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 7:09 am

To those of us who follow policy on a daily basis rather than following POLITICS when peer pressure demands it of us, watching the spectacle of the last week before an election has become like the period where frat boys started coming to Nirvana concerts. It’s the same, but also completely corrupted and sad. And those of us with that awareness know that the major result of this election will be maneuvering on fiscal policy, the content of which was virtually non-existent in the campaign.

Political Fallout From Benghazi Attacks a Tower of Spin

By: Monday October 15, 2012 9:15 am

The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has become a political football, in ways that the father of slain US Ambassador Chris Stevens wants to see stopped. That’s not likely, as both sides highlight the aspects of the story to their advantage, and suppress the aspects that present vulnerabilities. For the Obama-Biden team, they [...]

VP Debate: The Tax Discussion Stands In for the Jobs Discussion

By: Friday October 12, 2012 12:27 pm

Sadly, last night continued the string of national debates that basically featured little or no discussion of how to immediately move the country out of its jobs crisis, or at least nothing beyond the dispiriting “stay the course” of the current Administration, and the irrelevant “five-point plan” of the challengers, which offers nothing in a [...]

VP Debate: The Constrained Discussion on Social Insurance

By: Friday October 12, 2012 8:30 am

I think Dave Weigel highlights the right moment in last night’s Vice Presidential debate, on the subject of Medicare. Paul Ryan is most closely associated with that policy, and Biden was clearly briefed that Ryan would try to bamboozle his way through the question. So Biden cut off the ring and never let one lie [...]

VP Debate: Biden Serves as Attack Dog

By: Friday October 12, 2012 6:21 am

Vice President Joe Biden gave the debate performance last night that a lot of Democrats were looking for out of President Obama. He was aggressive and pointed, let nothing go unquestioned, and used all of the attack lines and avenues that Obama left on the table. That Republicans are trying to use this aggression against [...]

The Narrow Great Debate, Cont’d

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 2:52 pm

Believe me when I underline that I take no pleasure in saying this, but Adam Davidson is mostly right. There are differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on a host of issues, and the candidates would be happy to tell you all about them. On most of the core economic issues, however, the candidates [...]

Ryan Again Evades Specifics on Mathematically Impossible Tax Plan

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 11:30 am

The fallout from Paul Ryan’s hand waving on specifics for the tax package he and Mitt Romney are running on continues. A woman at a town hall event in Iowa pressed him for specifics, and Ryan again basically demurred. He said how hard it would be to deliver the math in the confines of a [...]

Ryan Continues Pathetic Hand-Waving on Tax Specifics

By: Monday October 1, 2012 11:16 am

Paul Ryan’s presence on the Presidential ticket has grown more and more comical. I didn’t think it was possible for Republicans to choose two Vice Presidential candidates in a row that dragged on their ticket, but I don’t think there’s any question that Ryan has become a negative. And where this has really fallen apart [...]

Democrats Figuring Out How to Accept “Concessions” in Spending in Exchange for Inevitable Tax Hikes

By: Friday September 21, 2012 10:55 am

Republicans want to use the tax issue as a election tactic, and that’s really the substance of these remarks in the Washington Post claiming that taxes will go up if President Obama wins a second term. But there is some reality behind them. If Obama wins, the Senate will have already passed a bill to [...]

Paul Ryan Puts Up Ads for His House Election; A Sign of Trouble?

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 1:47 pm

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan will begin running ads in the race for his House district in Wisconsin, a potential sign of uneasiness about his re-election, which will probably be interpreted more broadly as a lack of confidence in Mitt Romney’s chances in the Presidential election. Contracts formalized Tuesday with at least one Milwaukee [...]

As Paul Ryan Lines Up Behind Rahm, the Scheme to Privatize Chicago Schools Becomes Clear

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 6:17 am

Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has twisted the knife just a bit more in an attempt to draw out President Obama on the Chicago Teachers Union strike, now entering its second day. He told a fundraiser in Portland, OR yesterday that he endorsed the position in the strike of the former chief of staff of [...]

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