Ignoring Good Progressive Policy Makes for Bad Politics

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 7:30 am

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.

Obama Twists Own Arm, Says “Uncle” to Extending Bush Tax Cuts

By: 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 [...]

Americans and Independents Want Jobs, Not Tax Cuts From New Congress

By: 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.

DNC’s Fan Fic on Health Care and the Election

By: 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.

McConnell’s Cold Logic vs. Obama’s Bipartisan Pipe Dream

By: 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, [...]

Top 10 Surprise Losers of Election Night

By: 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, [...]

Top 10 Things We Did To Help Progressives in the 2010 Election

By: 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 [...]

The Best of All Possible Worlds: Beltway Journos Use Sham Logic to Obscure Political Pain of Health Reform

By: 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, [...]

Despite Once-Secret Deals with Obama, Hospital Association Turns Against Democrats

By: 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 [...]

Health Care Industry Reminds Democrats Mercenaries Are Only in It for the Money

By: 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 [...]