It is never a good idea to get focused on the politics instead of results of your policy. When you do you wind up making bad policy and still get hammered politically.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 16, 2011 7:30 am|
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 10, 2010 10:24 pm|
Political mastermind David Axelrod says the White House is ready to cave in the wake of imaginary overwhelming pressure to extend all of the Bush tax cuts, exacerbating the “deficit” problem they’ve been completely obsessed with: President Barack Obama’s top adviser suggested to The Huffington Post late Wednesday that the administration was ready to accept [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday November 9, 2010 8:58 am|
- The number one priority of Americans, Democrats and Independents is passing a new stimulus bill to create new jobs. The number one priority of Republicans is repealing health care.
- The number two priority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents is cutting federal spending.
- The number three priority of Americans, Democrats and Independents is repealing the health care bill.
- The number four priority of Americans, Republicans, Democrats and Independents is extending all of the Bush tax cuts.
- Americans and Independents do not track on one single issue with Republicans over Democrats.
- More Republicans want to pass a new stimulus bill to create jobs than extend all the Bush tax cuts.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday November 5, 2010 9:44 am|
A new DNC memo implies that voting for health care actually helped candidates. That is just stunningly dishonest.
Barney Frank was considered one of Cook’s “competitive races.” His district has a Democratic partisan voting index of +14, and Barney crushed his GOP opponent, 61-36. So no, it’s not really fair to compare what happened to Barney Frank to what happened to say, Chet Edwards in an R+20 district. Of the 53 Democrats who hailed from districts with a Republican partisan voting index of +1 or more, only three who voted for the health care bill survived: Joe Donnelly, Bill Owens and Nick Rahall.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 4, 2010 1:02 pm|
In case it wasn’t clear to everyone after watching two years of politically driven lockstep obstructionism in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, fresh on the heels of Tuesday’s big Republican victory, has again directly stated that his top goal is to make sure Obama loses in 2012. From The Hill: “Over the past week, [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 3, 2010 9:41 am|
Democrats in Congress were prepared to absorb defeats last night. But there were some surprise losers who shared the honors with them: 1. Sarah Palin An enormous GOP wave swept across the country, and it should have delivered the Senate to the Republicans. Sarah Palin interjected herself into primary races in Delaware and Nevada, however, [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday November 2, 2010 9:19 am|
1. Worked across party lines for a year and a half passing Audit the Fed, and forced a 96-0 vote in the Senate. Chris Hayes on MSNBC called it “the single greatest act of bipartisanship since Obama took office.” It was popular with 80% of the country. 2. Backed Bill Halter in an accountability challenge [...]
|By: Jon Walker Saturday October 30, 2010 8:00 am|
In the last few days, several bloggers – among them Jon Cohn and Ezra Klein — have written faulty defenses of the health care bill. They used theoretical, counterfactual alternatives in defense of the health care legislation they’ve supported, calling to mind Voltaire’s classic, Candide. In it, Voltaire heavily mocks the extreme optimism of Pangloss, [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 20, 2010 4:13 pm|
During the 2009 push for health care reform, in scenes that conspiracy theorists usually have to imagine, the hospital industry sat down with White House officials and agreed to support the administration’s effort in exchange for Obama promising to protect their profits, which included a commitment to kill the public option. Yet, like any good [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 5, 2010 5:15 am|
During the health care fight, the Obama administration would probably have benefited from having a military historian as an adviser. Even a cursory study of military history will show you the important role played for centuries by mercenaries—and it will show you their limitations. There are two critical things to keep in mind when thinking [...]