The thing Republicans smartly did was to propose and pass the Ryan budget in the House in a week; because the health care bill took months to get off the ground, conservative activists were able to have plenty of time to mount a counter-offensive. The thing Republicans did not do so smartly was pass a bill that ended Medicare without having the Senate or the Presidency; now, that bill will linger, and continue to be a ripe subject for criticism.
|By: David Dayen Monday April 25, 2011 9:30 am|
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 1, 2010 6:40 pm|
Tomorrow is election day, so this is the last round of updates to the FDL Hot House list. (In case you missed here are the updates from Saturday and Sunday.) Join us Tuesday night as we check in on the only polls that really matter. Till then, check out 12 bellwether races that could give us early clues on the night’s trends.
|By: David Dayen Friday October 15, 2010 5:15 pm|
I’m so old I can remember back to when Republicans were tarred with the “culture of corruption” label. I think it was back in 2006. Multiple members either resigned or were defeated after a spate of ethics violations involving sex and money. Four years later, many Republicans who were in office and lost their seats in the wave elections of 2006 and 2008 have returned in a favorable political environment to reclaim their positions. It was inevitable that at least one of them would be enmeshed in the same corruption and ethics scandals of the recent GOP past.
Charlie Bass, a former Congressman who lost his seat to Paul Hodes in 2006, is back to challenge for the open seat against progressive Ann McLane Kuster. Polls have shown the race close, but Bass is in position to return to Congress. There’s only one problem: he would almost immediately face the Ethics Committee.