The Problem with American Politics, in Two Parts

By: Sunday August 21, 2011 12:00 pm

So to summarize, the current leader of the “left” is a Blue Dog who thinks partisan politics are a quaint relic, while the entire right believes the opposite and desperately wants to nominate the wingnuttiest presidential candidate, ever.


It’s Giuliani Time!

By: Sunday May 29, 2011 11:50 am

The polling on the Republican 2012 field is just as schizo and crazy as the party itself. Huck, Willard, The Reality Show Guy, The Quitter and now Rudy — have all been the front-runner at one time or another. Granted, Rudy’s stay atop the field isn’t going to last very long. At some point, it will occur to the Teabaggers that the thrice-married former Mayor of Jew New York City used to be pro-choice, pro-gay, pro-gun control — and other than 9/11 (which no one thinks is cool anymore) — has no rationale whatsoever for running for president. But Rudy’s renaissance will be even briefer if he keeps saying stuff like this.

Flashback: Not Even the Slightest Hint of a “Move to the Center” in George W. Bush’s 2007 State of the Union

By: Tuesday January 25, 2011 10:30 am

The 2006 midterms were a disaster of biblical proportions for the Bush administration and the Republican Party. They lost the House, the Senate, and a raft of governors’ mansions and state legislatures. It was much worse than the “shellacking” the Democrats took last November. And how did George W. Bush respond to the American people’s complete rejection of the Republican agenda? He doubled down on it.

White House Insider Debunks “Obama’s Moving to the Center” Meme

By: Monday January 24, 2011 10:30 am

New York Magazine has a piece that’s attracting a lot of chatter today about Team Obama’s retooling after the midterms. While the media and Village pundits keep churning out lazy “Obama’s moving to the center” stories — here’s the passage that should kill this meme once and for all — but won’t.

The New York Times, Third Way and the Mythical Center Between Obama and the Republican Party

By: Sunday January 23, 2011 12:40 pm

As God is my witness, if I read one more headline like this, I swear — I’m going to lose it.

Obama Finally Finds a Constituency That Loves His Tax Cut Deal: Village Hacks

By: Sunday December 12, 2010 11:30 am

After Obama’s tax cuts for billionaires deal earned him a David Broder pat on the back, we get this truly virtuostic hackery from Dana Milbank.

Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe Join Mitch McConnell in Legal Challenge of Health Care Bill

By: Tuesday November 23, 2010 10:30 am

Don’t you miss those oh-so-inspiring, bipartisany days of last January, when Republicans and Democrats came together to solve the health care crisis? Centrist Democratic senators have circumvented party leadership to approach Maine GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins about reviving healthcare talks. [...] Lieberman predicted Tuesday that White House officials would soon contact Snowe, [...]

L.A. Times: Obama Still Futilely Pursuing Compromises with Republicans

By: Sunday November 21, 2010 11:30 am

And Obama’s personal march of folly continues.

How’s That Bipartisanship Working Out for You, Mr. President?

By: Thursday November 18, 2010 10:30 am

From President Obama’s interview with 60 Minutes after the midterms. “OBAMA: What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna reach out to Republicans and I’m gonna say, “What can we work on together?” There are gonna be some things that we can’t agree on. You know? Philosophically. And so, we will have those battles. And we’ll save those decisions till after the next election. But in the meantime, there must be some things we can agree on.” And how’s that all going?

How Much Time Has the White House Wasted Chasing “Bipartisanship”?

By: Tuesday September 7, 2010 10:40 am

From the President’s Labor Day speech yesterday in Wisconsin. “If I said the sky is blue, they’d say no,” Obama said. “If I said fish live in the sea, they’d say no.”

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