Pelosi to Speak to House Democrats Amid Rumors That She Will Step Down From Leadership

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 7:45 am

Former House Speakers don’t typically spend a lot of time in Congress after their ouster. Nancy Pelosi felt she had a chance, aided by the coattails of the President, to win back the House in 2012. It turns out that the Democrats picked up, if all the current too-close-to-call races hold, eight seats. Key states [...]

Wisconsin Loses State Senate Majority in a Mixed Night for Democrats in State Legislatures

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 10:00 am

Here’s a sad postscript that shows once again the power of dark money in off-the-radar races. The silver lining amidst the clouds of the recall election in Wisconsin was that Democrats at least “took over” the state Senate. “Took over” was a bit of a strong word, because they won a majority in the chamber [...]

The Electorate is Diverse; We Need a Policy Framework to Match That

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 7:50 am

It’s pretty obvious that what set President Obama to a re-election victory begins and ends with a new electorate. Obama won less of the white vote than Michael Dukakis. He still won the election, because America looks different than it did in 1988.

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 [...]

The Other Percentage: Mitt Romney’s “95%” Comments and the American Dream

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 1:01 pm

Here’s an interesting and less-discussed portion of the now-infamous Mitt Romney fundraising tape, where he explains the importance of being American: Romney told the donors there are people who say to him, “‘Oh, you were born with a silver spoon,’ you know, ‘You never had to earn anything,’ and so forth. And, and frankly, I [...]

Romney Comments on the Nation of Moochers Has Long Conservative Pedigree

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 7:41 am

Trying to recover his footing after a terrible couple of days, Mitt Romney appears to want to shift his comments on the 47% of Americans who “believe that they are victims” and think they’re entitled to health care and food into a strength. In a USA Today op-ed, Romney tries to pivot into the more [...]

Romney to Donors: All Obama Voters “Dependent Upon Government”

By: Monday September 17, 2012 3:28 pm

The hidden camera moment of this election cycle comes not from the long-awaited Michelle Obama Whitey tape, but from a fundraiser for the Republican nominee. Mother Jones’ David Corn has obtained video – catnip for 24-hour news networks – of Romney speaking at a gathering of high-dollar donors, wherein he gave his strategy for the [...]

Republicans to Obama: We’re Not Going to Work With You

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 12:32 pm

President Obama’s case for re-election in the run-up to the DNC convention has included a fairly absurd claim that Republicans would be more willing to work with him after the election. The idea is that the Republican “fever” would break, and if they can no longer be motivated solely to deny Obama a second term, [...]

Obama’s Plans for a Second Term Include Rallying Public Opinion

By: Monday September 3, 2012 7:16 am

There’s been little or no bounce for Romney/Ryan from the GOP convention, on the eve of the Democratic convention. The race is static and has been static for the last several months, because in general, we have a polarized country with few undecideds. Frank Newport of Gallup has both Presidential candidates basically at 46% since [...]

The Lost Narrative of the Stimulus

By: Friday August 31, 2012 6:59 am

When Paul Ryan falsely went after the stimulus package as an orgy of corruption and cronyism, I joked on Twitter that this was probably the last time you’ll hear about the stimulus in the next two weeks, Republican or Democratic. Time’s Michael Grunwald has written a highly-regarded book about the stimulus that I have yet [...]

What Divides Us, What Unites Us: Politics Circa 2012

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 7:38 am

Here’s an important point from Matt Yglesias that I think most people here would agree with. He riffs off a line from Paul Ryan’s convention speech – “None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers — a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country [...]

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