Harry Reid May Be In No Hurry To Finish Healthcare Reform, But Others Are

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be in “no rush” to complete the work that sends a finished healthcare reform bill to President Obama to sign into law, but a growing number of his colleagues disagree. Some lawmakers not only see an opportunity to enact health reform, but also a new chance to establish a federally run public option that just weeks ago had been dead politically. Where healthcare reform was once his top priority, Reid (D-Nev.) this week put healthcare on a backburner in the face of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown’s surprise election which gives the GOP new filibuster power over the legislation. Other Democrats, though, aren’t as willing to put aside a bill that just weeks ago Reid … Continue reading

Obama Spars with GOP House Members on Live TV

President Obama addressed the House GOP today on Live TV and it turned out to be “An Amazing Moment” in political and perhaps television history. Accepting the invitation to speak at the House GOP retreat may turn out to be the smartest decision the White House has made in months. Debating a law professor is kind of foolish: the Republican House Caucus has managed to turn Obama’s weakness — his penchant for nuance — into a strength. Plenty of Republicans asked good and probing questions, but Mike Pence, among others, found their arguments simply demolished by the president. If you didn’t watch the spectacle, here’s a clip from MSNBC about the encounter: The full video of President Obama’s opening remarks and … Continue reading


The political right vociferously argues that much or most of the current agenda of the political left violates the intentions of the Founding Fathers, i.e. is unconstitutional. The claim being, in essence, that the genius displayed at the Convention in 1787 created a work product that was designed and intended to be a roadblock in the way of our participation in the development of a modern world.The whole problem with the backward lookers, though, is that they’re so busy trying to argue for why the world should never have been allowed to change like it has that they have no contribution to make at all to the discussion of how we order our affairs in an increasingly more complex future. … Continue reading

ANALYSIS: Obama Appears Not To Be The Political Dead Weight Dems Fear He Is

Coming off his first State of the Union address Wednesday, President Obama appears to be in better political shape with the American people than has been widely assumed. Already anxious going into this year’s midterm elections, the fear of many Democrats grew as Obama poll numbers continued to slide. That worry exploded into near-panic earlier this month when a Republican captured a Senate seat from Massachusetts for the first time in more than 30 years. That Scott Brown won that special election even after Obama stumped at the last minute for the Democrat put an exclamation mark for many on just how far the president had fallen since his historic Inauguration just a year earlier. Obama, himself, acknowledged political setbacks … Continue reading

Text of President Obama’s State of the Union Address

The following is the prepared text of President Obama’s State of the Union address, delivered Jan. 27, 2010, as released by the White House: Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union. For two hundred and twenty years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. They have done so during periods of prosperity and tranquility. And they have done so in the midst of war and depression; at moments of great strife and great struggle. It’s tempting to look back on these moments and assume that our progress was inevitable – that America was always … Continue reading


Air America, the liberal radio network, went down in flames, Jan. 21, when it filed for bankruptcy. It wasn’t because of air-to-air combat with conservative talk shows and bloggers. It wasn’t because of the Recession, although reduced advertising revenue, a reality of all media, also affected Air America. It wasn’t even demographics, even though older, marginalized conservatives tend to listen to radio more than do younger liberal professionals. And media history was only part of the problem. By the 1960s, liberals had become masters at developing and using not only mainstream media but also an emerging alternative media to advance a social agenda. But then they choked, sputtered, and fell into disarray. During the past two decades, conservatives slowly, almost … Continue reading

‘Brown Democrats’

Eighty-two percent of them said they want a public option as part of the Democrats’ health care reform. Yet they just helped elect a guy who opposes the public option and the Democrats’ health care reform. They’re Obama voters who cast ballots for Massachusetts’s new Republican senator, Scott Brown. He promised to be “the 41st vote” against what the GOP slams as “Obamacare.” The 82 percent number is from a Research 2000 survey taken right after the polls closed in the special election to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. He championed health care reform, including a robust public option. The poll was conducted for three liberal groups who favor a public option – the Progressive … Continue reading