Pelosi to Speak to House Democrats Amid Rumors That She Will Step Down From Leadership

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 8:10 am

Even though Democrats picked up at least 8 seats, they still came up 17 seats short or retaking the House. They face the prospect of an unfavorable map bedeviling them from returning to the majority, potentially for the next four cycles. So it’s only natural that Nancy Pelosi, who after all is 72, would consider stepping down.

 

The Electorate is Diverse; We Need a Policy Framework to Match That

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 11:35 am

It’s pretty obvious that what set President Obama to a re-election victory begins and ends with a new electorate. Obama won less of the white vote than Michael Dukakis. He still won the election, because America looks different than it did in 1988.

The Other Percentage: Mitt Romney’s “95%” Comments and the American Dream

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 4:15 pm

The head start on success by virtue of being born in America doesn’t reach a large section of the public anymore. The poverty rate has stubbornly stayed over 15% in recent years, and far more stumble into poverty at least at one part of their lives. That’s been particularly true during the Great Recession. What’s worse, social mobility has stunted in America to almost the lowest rate among industrialized nations in the world. It’s not really true anymore that 95% of your life is set for you just by being an American.

Romney to Donors: All Obama Voters “Dependent Upon Government”

By: Monday September 17, 2012 3:35 pm

The hidden camera moment of this election cycle comes not from the long-awaited Michelle Obama Whitey tape, but from a fundraiser for the Republican nominee.

Mother Jones’ David Corn has obtained video – catnip for 24-hour news networks – of Romney speaking at a gathering of high-dollar donors, wherein he gave his strategy for the election. In so doing, he basically describe everyone disinclined to vote for him as a moocher living off the government dole.

Obama’s Plans for a Second Term Include Rallying Public Opinion

By: Monday September 3, 2012 8:17 am

Ryan Grim and Sam Stein do an excellent job recapping the last four years, how the man who campaigned on a movement-based vision for inviting the public to take part in their democracy closed the door once he got into Washington and played an inside game. He bought off special interests to pass health care, and bowed to the swing votes in both parties to nudge things like stimulus across the line. When the public got engaged, usually through an outside game but more gradually as part of Presidential politics, the results typically improved.

The Lost Narrative of the Stimulus

By: Friday August 31, 2012 7:22 am

When Paul Ryan falsely went after the stimulus package as an orgy of corruption and cronyism, I joked on Twitter that this was probably the last time you’ll hear about the stimulus in the next two weeks, Republican or Democratic. Time’s Michael Grunwald has written a highly-regarded book about the stimulus that I have yet to crack, which demystifies a lot about the law. But the real problem is the nature of this secrecy itself. This is a law that deliberately tried to hide its main tangible benefit, based on some questionable behavioral science, by taking a few dollars less out of weekly paychecks through lowering withholding instead of handing people $500. And that’s a perfect metaphor for the package itself.

What Divides Us, What Unites Us: Politics Circa 2012

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 8:48 am

Here’s an important point from Matt Yglesias that I think most people here would agree with. He riffs off a line from Paul Ryan’s convention speech – “None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers — a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.” This Hungary circa 1956 vision of America just bears no resemblance to the truth. And that’s because of Matt’s real point, that the differences between the parties are actually much smaller than that.

Jindal Criticizes Obama for Not Delivering More Government Spending on Disaster Relief

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 10:00 am

The President spoke about an hour ago about the preparations for Hurricane Isaac (it has now graduated to hurricane force), asking residents to listen to their local officials and follow calls for evacuation should they arise. President Obama also signed a state of emergency declaration for Louisiana, which makes federal funding available for emergency efforts to deal with the storm. This isn’t good enough for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who wants more emergency federal funding now.

Another Republican Gets Tripped Up on Rape and Abortion

By: Monday August 27, 2012 7:15 pm

The specter of Todd Akin, which has hovered around the GOP for a full week, has struck again. This time, Tom Smith, a first-time candidate for US Senate in Pennsylvania, who will probably lose his race to the well-situated Bob Casey, has been nicked. Smith was asked about the rape exception for abortions, and he gave this extremely clumsy response.

NYT Public Editor Calls Out Paper for “Political and Cultural Progressivism”

By: Monday August 27, 2012 2:10 pm

Arthur Brisbane, ending his tour as the New York Times’ public editor, went out with a slap in the face at his employer, suggesting that they reflect a liberal bias. If only. Doesn’t the truth have a well known political and cultural progressive bias?

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