Obama Defenders Will Never Let the Filibuster Myth Die

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 9:57 am

The most annoying and ultimately destructive defense of President Obama’s legislative record is to constantly cite the filibuster myth. It is the argument that poor weak Obama couldn’t do anything without 60 votes in the Senate. The latest in a long line of examples comes from Jonathan Chait’s criticism of Cornel West. But West, and [...]

Supreme Court Would Not Find a Reason to Strike Down Single Payer

By: Monday April 2, 2012 9:05 am

Over at the New York Magazine Jonathan Chait is arguing that if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act due to the individual mandate, then we can’t count on single payer fixing the situation, because the Court would probably just make up a reason to strike down Medicare for All. But here’s the [...]

Stimulus Doesn’t Need to Come in the Form of One Big Omnibus Bill

By: Thursday September 8, 2011 1:29 pm

When writers like Jonathan Chait claim President Obama shouldn’t be blamed for not passing enough stimulus at the begin of his term, their standard go-to defense is that there is no way Obama could have gotten the Senate to pass a version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 with a price tag [...]

In Retrospect Obama Should Have Focused More on Jobs

By: Tuesday September 6, 2011 10:22 am

I don’t mind being attacked for my views. After all, I try to be thought-provoking, bring a new perspective to issues, and offer creative ideas that might not be popular. What I do find strange is being attacked in the New York Time by Jonathan Chait for what I consider a completely noncontroversial statement: in [...]

Axelrod Stabs Rahm, Runs from Wreckage of Health Care Bill

By: Monday September 27, 2010 8:41 am

Noam Scheiber writes a lengthy portrait of David Axelrod in the latest issue of the New Republic.  Axelrod is apparently not having fun, bemoaning Washington DC as place where “too many people spend too much time kneecapping each other to certify their own importance.” Axelrod likes to aim a little higher apparently, because he then [...]