Now It Goes to the Voters

By: Friday June 29, 2012 8:15 am

Given that the Supreme Court has narrowly ruled in favor of the Affordable Care At, its final potential test is now with the voters in the 2012 election. In a supreme act of hypocrisy Mitt Romney, the political father of this exact style of health care program in Massachusetts, and the rest of the Republican party have made repeal of Obamacare a fundamental campaign promise. It is a day one promise from the Romney campaign.


Pretending Reconciliation Doesn’t Exist

By: Monday March 12, 2012 11:10 am

The one defense of President Obama I’ve found most annoying is the argument that Obama “only” had the largest Democratic majority in Congress in a generation for a short period, so it would be unreasonable to expect too much from him given Republican opposition. The argument ignores reconciliation, which previous administrations had relied on to get legislation through the Senate despite strong opposition from the other party.

Defending Obama with a Failure of Imagination

By: Monday August 22, 2011 4:15 pm

I’ve found one of the saddest yet most common defenses of President Obama’s handling of his job to be the weird argument that it simply wasn’t possible for him to do a better job, or to do anything different from what he did. It always reminds me of the mantra of the misguided extreme optimist Dr. Pangloss in Candide, “all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.”

Ezra Klein is up with another post defending Obama with this same basic argument.

Lesson from Wisconsin: Always Act Quickly and Decisively

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 10:00 am

While I strongly disagree with the law pushed through this week by the Wisconsin GOP to strip public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights, I think the political lesson that all politicians can take away from this event is that, whenever possible, you should act quickly and decisively.

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