As you may have seen, Chris Matthews asked Debbie Wasserman Schultz a really good question. (He is the television personality, as you know; she is the congresswoman and head of the Democratic National Committee.) That question was, “What’s the …
Wanted: New Heroes for the Democrats
This story comes out of Connecticut, so it’s really more Jack Fowler’s bailiwick, but since he’s hobnobbing with the swells on the Alaska cruise, I’ll take it.
The Nutmeg State’s Democrats have decided to jettison the third and seventh presidents …
Ben Wattenberg and the Death of the Reasonable Democrat
Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81.
He gave me my first job in Washington, as his research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank. (I returned to AEI as a fellow a few years …
New Disease Discovered in Connecticut
It’s called Sharkey-Looney syndrome. Its fallout is quite painful (on residents), and its effects include delusion of and denial by the host, large growths (of government), tone-deafness, broken promises, loss of economic base, and widespread unemployment. Scientists who discovered SLS …
I was interested to read this piece by Fred Barnes: “Slim Pickings: The Democrats’ weak bench.” Yes, the Democrats all seem limp or fossilized or both. But you know whom I kind of fear, as a stubbornly partisan Republican? Senator …
Yes to Trade-Promotion Authority
Sometimes, politics deals Republicans a winning hand, and that confuses some of them, who then set about trying to figure out a way to lose — which is what is happening with the current debate over the president’s fast-track trade-promotion …
What, exactly, is the point of that great big hulking building with the cast-iron faux Roman dome in Washington? Joe Biden worked there for many years, and Barack Obama worked there for about five minutes, and neither of them has …
The Brutal Truth: As Obama Goes, So Go the Democrats
John Dickerson, attempting to get Democrats, and Hillary Clinton, to acknowledge the obvious:
Each Democratic candidate who hopes to have a chance will run supporting Obama’s positions on health care, immigration, and climate change. Given those positions on the big …
The Politics of Division Come Back to Bite Democrats
To echo Ramesh and Jonathan Chait… Since 2008, Democrats have built their policies, identities, and electoral strategies on an appeal to African-Americans, Hispanics, young voters, gays, and single women.
A side effect is that the party has spent little time or …
Latest AP National Poll Is a Nightmare for Democrats
This new poll from the Associated Press is about as dire a poll as Democrats could imagine two weeks before Election Day.
Democrats are more trusted than the GOP on just two of nine top issues, the poll showed.
Will Jewish Democrats Sink the Iran Deal?
‘Seven Jewish Lawmakers Could Tilt the Scales on Iran Deal,” headlines the Times of Israel. The members — Senator Charles Schumer, Representative Steve Israel, Representative Eliot Engel, Representative Adam Schiff, Representative Nita Lowey, Senator Ben Cardin, and Representative Ted Deutch …
Planned Parenthood and ‘Black Lives Matter’ Divide Democrats
America’s two major political parties have a difficult task: amassing a 51-percent coalition in a nation that has always been — not just now, but from the beginning — regionally, religiously, racially, and ethnically diverse.
George W. Bush’s …
Whitewashing the Democratic Party’s History
Here’s what the former president of the United States had to say when he eulogized his mentor, an Arkansas senator:
We come to celebrate and give thanks for the remarkable life of J. William Fulbright, a life that changed …
Top Senate Dem Threatens To Shut Down Government
Patty Murray, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the Senate, threatened today to provoke a government shutdown this fall if the Republican-controlled Congress won’t agree to a budget more in line with President Obama’s priorities.
“Republicans have a choice,” Murray said …
Democrats Should Live Up to Their Own Lectures
Democrats’ relentless efforts to tell Americans what to do might be a few microns less annoying if they obeyed the rules and exhortations that they inflict on everyone else. Alas, hypocrisy has become a core Democratic principle.
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The Legitimacy-Lacking Democratic-Rule Scenario
Yikes! It’s November 9, 2016, and not only has a Democrat again won the presidency, but in an unexpected surge of popularity, the Democrats have decisively retaken the Senate, and gotten within ten or so seats of the GOP in the …
Democrats Can Reveal Their Loathing of the South Again
Michael Tomasky responds to Mary Landrieu’s defeat in Louisiana by assuring Democrats that they don’t need to win anywhere in “almost the entire South” because “practically the whole region has rejected nearly everything that’s good about this country and …
Actual Post Headline: ‘Smugness Was Lousy Election Strategy for Democrats’
Most newspapers printed the morning after Election Day are “put to bed” before all the votes are counted and races are called, so they can only give a partial view of how the night went for each party. But by …
Time for Every Democrat to Panic!
TIME FOR EVERY DEMOCRAT TO PANIC!
The New York Times’ Nate Cohn says,
In Iowa, the overall early vote is nearly tied in a state where Democrats usually fare well in the early vote.#…#The challenge for Democrats will be …
A Tiny Bit of Law-Breaking by Iowa Democrats
Also in today’s Jolt:
A Tiny Bit of Law-Breaking by Iowa Democrats
Out in Iowa, the state Democratic party released a web video of Senator Tom Harkin filling out his early-vote ballot:
According to this news report in Iowa, “taking …