If you are in Congress, and the voters flatly reject you in November, you will still retain power for another 55 days. Even if Obama loses this year, he will still maintain power for an incredible 75 days after the electorate voted to remove him from power. These “lame duck” sessions or periods of time in office after an election result from the fact that elections happen so far before the Constitution allows newly elected officials to take office.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday January 27, 2011 2:13 pm|
For the first time in a very long time, the American people have a slight, net positive view of the Republican party.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 23, 2010 7:20 pm|
My advice to any political party is to focus the bulk of their energy on doing what ever possible, as quickly as possible, to deliver real improvements for the electorate. People pay attention to how the government is affecting their lives, not the show politicians put on for each other.
If Democrats had spent even half as much time on getting more people help with their health care as soon as possible as they did getting that “pretty” CBO score for their bill, I suspect they would have had a better showing last November.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday December 2, 2010 11:05 am|
It’s Christmas time, you bastards. People can’t feed their kids. You continue to shovel trillions of dollars at the banks. And all of you — Pelosi, Reid, Obama — you fail the test not only of leadership, but of basic human compassion. Of having any kind of a moral compass.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 16, 2010 1:34 pm|
The lame duck session of Congress is shaping up to be dominated by the issue of what to do with the “Bush tax cuts” set to expire at the end of the year. Democrats want to extend the Bush tax cuts only for everyone making less than $250,000, but the Republicans are insisting that they extend the Bush tax cuts across the board. What seems to be completely missing from the discussion are any so-called “Obama tax cuts.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday July 19, 2010 1:15 pm|
Simpson claimed that the Commission is “mainly working on solvency” for the Social Security system. But Galbraith says that addressing the “solvency” of Social Security is outside the mandate of the Catfood Commission.
|By: emptywheel Friday July 9, 2010 3:22 pm|
If someone like Corker won’t play along with the plan to cut social security, then it’s unlikely to get the mix of Republicans and deficit hawk Democrats they’ll need to pass the Commission recommendations.