Real Independents Feel Results, They Don’t Watch the Legislative Theater

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 1:29 pm

In their attempt to woo independents, the Obama political team seems willing to sacrifice almost anything simply to win the political theater of having Obama look like the “adult in the room.” I find this incredibly frustrating on multiple levels. Not the least of which, because it is just plain stupid, as Ruy Teixeira explains [...]

Modest Reforms of Senate Filibuster Rules Won’t Cause Political Backlash

By: Monday January 17, 2011 1:42 pm

I know this is often hard for professional politicians and political aides to comprehend, but regular Americans really don’t pay attention to abstract congressional maneuvers. If the Senate Democratic caucus thinks reforming Senate rules is a good thing that would eventually will lead to better policy outcomes, they should implement them. If they don’t think [...]

Paradox? What Paradox? Health Care “Wins” Come When There Are Immediate Benefits, Not Distant Promises

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 1:30 pm

There has been a lot of talk about the supposed “Obama Paradox.” It’s the idea that President Obama is raking up “wins,” signing into law big bills with fancy names (regardless of whether they will actually do what they need to), yet Democrats are still dropping in the polls. A big part of this problem [...]

It’s the Economy, Stupid Democrats

By: Monday July 12, 2010 12:55 pm

Growth in real disposable income leading up to an election is a near-perfect predictor of how the incumbent party will do, says Ezra Klein in a perceptive article. This close correlation should not be surprising. People judge the majority party based on how much their personal economic standing has improved or deteriorated, as well as [...]

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