Bill Clinton Shows Why Messaging on Health Care Is So Hard for Dems

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 7:14 am

While Bill Clinton’s messaging advice to Democrats on how to handle the Affordable Care Act this year is some of the best I’ve yet heard, even it still suffers from a significant flaw. From Politico: “What I advise the Democrats to do is talk about the good things that have happened under the bill, acknowledge [...]

The Foolishness of Trying to Solve the Deficit Forever

By: Friday December 7, 2012 9:20 am

One of the few justifications I’ve heard for focusing so much time on reducing the deficit at this moment, even though people are practically paying the federal government for the privilege of being able to loan it money, is that somehow we can “fix the problem forever.” The logic goes that if only we could [...]

Pretending Reconciliation Doesn’t Exist

By: Monday March 12, 2012 9:39 am

The one defense of President Obama I’ve found most annoying is the argument that Obama “only” had the largest Democratic majority in Congress in a generation for a short period, so it would be unreasonable to expect too much from him given Republican opposition. The latest example of this defense comes from Kevin Drum: So [...]

Push for 14th Amendment Solution Grows Stronger

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 10:37 am

With Congress possibly unable to pass a debt ceiling increase by August 2nd, the push for President Obama to use the 14th amendment grew significantly today. From The Hill: Addressing the Democratic Caucus Wednesday morning, Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) the third-ranking House Democrat, told members that Obama should veto any short-term debt-limit increase that lands [...]

Barney Frank: Will Not Vote For Gang of 6 Deal

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 3:46 pm

I spoke with Barney Frank today about the current debt ceiling debate. He said he would not vote for any bill that raised the debt ceiling which included cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits, including a chained CPI, which is included in the Gang of 6 deal.

Maybe The 39% Aren’t Wrong

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 9:33 am

Writers like, Ezra Klein and Greg Sargent, who have bought into the idea that that debt ceiling must be raised by August 2nd to avoid catastrophe, are very worried about this new Pew poll that found the country evenly divided on the dangers of the debt ceiling. The poll found that 39 percent thought we [...]

Viva Las Vegas: Clinton Thanks AHIP Lobby for Work on Health-Care Reform

By: Friday June 11, 2010 8:29 am

Bill Clinton came to praise the health insurance industry, not criticize it, as the keynote speaker at its Las Vegas convention.

If Menendez Thinks Labor Is A “DC Special Interest Group,” He Should Give Their $490,000 Back

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 3:30 pm

Robert Menendez, head of the DSCC, released a memo celebrating Blanche Lincoln’s victory over “powerful special interests in Washington DC,” the labor unions. The AFL-CIO’s Eddie Vale responds: The tens of thousands members of the Arkansas AFL-CIO are certainly not a DC special interest.  They poured their hearts and souls into supporting a candidate who [...]

How Blanche Lincoln Is Not Like Norma Rae

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 8:40 am

The commentary regarding the Lincoln/Halter race continues, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. Glenn Greenwald: “What happened in this race also gives the lie to the insufferable excuse we’ve been hearing for the last 18 months from countless Obama defenders:  namely, if the Senate doesn’t have 60 votes to pass good legislation, it’s not [...]

DJIA to Congress: Your Reform Bill is a Joke

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 12:42 pm

Yesterday Larry Summers weighed in on the financial regulation bill before the Senate: “If you vote for cloture right now and don’t add any more amendments, we will have solved the issues that led to crisis. Had this been law, as is, in 2007, we would not have had the crisis.” Bill Clinton recently blamed [...]