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Some Revolution

In political circles, Republicans and Democrats alike have begun comparing the 2010 election with the "revolution" that handed both the House and the Senate to the GOP in 1994. But how applicable is that analogy, really? On the surface, the comparison is plausible. In 1994, as now, a charismatic outsider took office amid general unhappiness…

VA, NJ Races Tighten Up

Even as Republicans crow about perceptions of the Obama administration running aground, and look forward with growing conviction to big, 1994-style gains in 2010, an interesting thing is happening in the two big statewide races that are actually being conducted right now, in VA and NJ. After months in which Republican gubernatorial candidates Bob McDonnell…

Obama Courts World Opinion

After a detour into arrogant unilateralism, a more humble America is returning to the path of global cooperation. This was the gist of the message President Obama delivered to the world in his speech yesterday at the United Nations. Predictably, the speech incensed conservatives, who saw it as the latest example of Obama’s alleged compulsion…

Unreconciled: The Dangers of the Growing Demand for Using Reconciliation To Enact Health Reform

The long-running campaign to make inclusion of a "public option" a progressive litmus test for Democrats on health care reform has entered a new and potentially dangerous phase: growing demands that congressional Democrats use the budget "reconciliation" procedure to avoid a Senate filibuster and lower the effective threshold for enactment of a bill to 50…

The Dean-Lieberman Fallback Position?

Suzy Khimm's post at The Treatment about Howard Dean's latest remarks on health care reform strategy shows the perils of the obsession with the public option on both sides of the barricades. After a fiery demand that progressives refuse to relent on the public option, the good Doctor allowed as how if we can't get…