Archive of Articles for February, 2010

Friday Talking Points [111] -- Use It Or Lose It

[ Posted Friday, February 12th, 2010 – 18:44 UTC ]

President Obama this week has successfully put the Republican Party on the defensive. Now, this could be a fleeting thing, or it could be the start of a whole new way for Obama's administration to operate. Time will tell.

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In Memoriam

[ Posted Thursday, February 11th, 2010 – 16:52 UTC ]

So it is with a heavy heart indeed that we salute Fred Morrison and his Pluto Platter, as he metaphorically floats off -- spinning gently, on the lightest of breezes -- into the sunset.

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Can Obama's Health Summit Succeed?

[ Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 – 16:30 UTC ]

President Obama has recently announced a health reform summit, to take place across the street from the White House, with the C-SPAN cameras rolling. He's invited Democratic and Republican leaders from Congress to this summit. Many cynics have dismissed the effort already, either pronouncing it less than worthless, or calling it some form of political Kabuki theater which will do no good. I think these pronunciations (especially the latter one) are a bit premature, to say the least. Because either on a substantive level or a political level, I think there actually is a chance for some limited success for Obama in this exercise.

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Some Perspective On "Snowmaggedon"

[ Posted Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 – 17:52 UTC ]

Washington D.C. is notoriously hysterical when it snows, I have to say. Barack Obama pointed this out last year, and immediately offended a few folks in the Nation's Capital -- who prefer to think of themselves as bravely fighting snowstorms that would make Nanook of the North tremble in his mukluks. When the reality is that the biggest snowstorm in Washington would be casually remarked upon as: "Oh, it snowed Tuesday" in the more frigid states in our Union.

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Hidden Dangers Of Citizens United Ruling

[ Posted Monday, February 8th, 2010 – 16:55 UTC ]

But what really worries me about the new rules for corporations and unions is what could happen out of sight of the voting public. I can foresee two ways for such invisible influence to happen, although there may be others I have not thought of as well, I admit.

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Friday Talking Points [110] -- Left Still Waiting For Rahm Apology

[ Posted Friday, February 5th, 2010 – 17:23 UTC ]

Because Democrats need to realize that they still have the biggest majority in both houses of Congress that they are likely to see in their lifetimes -- and if they can't get things done with this overwhelming power, then they really should consider just folding up their tents and calling it a day as a political party.

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Ask. Tell.

[ Posted Thursday, February 4th, 2010 – 18:26 UTC ]

But while gay marriage has not exactly gained majority support from voters (as evidenced by recent referenda in California and Maine), allowing gays to serve openly in the military has actually become a lot less contentious, and has garnered a lot more support from the general public.

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Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2010

[ Posted Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 – 15:44 UTC ]

When taken as a whole, President Barack Obama's poll numbers last month moved the least amount of any month of his presidency so far. His approval rating continued its trend of moving downwards, but only by two-tenths of a percent. His disapproval rating continued upwards, but only by four-tenths of one percent. Meaning January was a pretty stable month for Obama.

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Grammatical Interlude

[ Posted Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 – 15:06 UTC ]

Today's column is a short interlude, or perhaps even intermission, from our usual political wonkery. This is due mostly to the fact that we're busy around Central preparing charts for tomorrow's "Obama Poll Watch" column.

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Obama Should Hold Press Conference Soon

[ Posted Monday, February 1st, 2010 – 15:26 UTC ]

This doesn't (as a sop to the "overexposed" crowd) necessarily have to be a primetime event, either. It can be a little more informal than that, without the pomp of an evening press conference broadcast nationally on all channels. But it should be at least an hour long, and it should be held soon.

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