Archive of Articles for June, 2010

Obama Seizes The Moment?

[ Posted Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 – 21:38 UTC ]

President Obama, in his first-ever primetime address from the Oval Office, did not mince words. He didn't have time to -- the speech was one of the shortest I think I've ever seen from Barack Obama, clocking in at 17 or 18 minutes. But although he didn't take a lot of time, he covered a lot. Of particular note was the directness of his language, which at times could even be described as "forceful."

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Obama's Pivotal Week

[ Posted Monday, June 14th, 2010 – 17:30 UTC ]

All this activity is welcome, because up until now the White House has seemed a bit adrift in their response to the tragedy. They may have been on top of the entire situation from Day One, as they claim, but it wasn't readily apparent to the public, meaning they either were actually adrift, or they have been having a communication and press relations problem. This must be frustrating to the White House, since the press has been somewhat lacking in their own response and coverage. Case in point, after obsessing for a solid week that the president needed to "show some rage" over the situation, the press immediately pounced when Obama did show a bit of annoyance, immediately proclaiming that he was "too angry," or the press just giggled in true Beavis and Butthead fashion: "heh heh heh... the president said ass... heh heh."

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Friday Talking Points [127] -- Letting A Crisis Go To Waste

[ Posted Friday, June 11th, 2010 – 17:28 UTC ]

President Barack Obama's administration was supposed to follow a basic premise: never let a crisis go to waste. That was according to one of his own advisors, shortly after Obama took office. But so far, their track record on doing so has been decidedly mixed.

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South Carolina's Swampy Politics

[ Posted Thursday, June 10th, 2010 – 16:48 UTC ]

Many areas of the country take perverse pride in being "the worst" when it comes to politics, in much the same way most people take perverse pride in the fact that their local drivers are, quite obviously, the worst in the country. Perhaps it's just human nature. But in some places, the politics is noticeably more hardball than in others, even to outsiders. Which brings us to South Carolina.

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Wall Street Reform Conference Committee Membership Announced

[ Posted Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 – 17:50 UTC ]

The Wall Street reform effort in Congress will enter a new phase tomorrow, as the conference committee between the House and Senate will meet to begin hashing out the differences between the House and Senate versions which have already passed. The membership of this conference committee was announced today, and the committee will hold its first meeting tomorrow.

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Have A Super Tuesday

[ Posted Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 – 21:04 UTC ]

Gosh, here's hoping everyone is having a super Tuesday today!

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California Primary Preview

[ Posted Monday, June 7th, 2010 – 18:01 UTC ]

Several states hold primaries this Tuesday, many of which may have implications beyond their state. For instance, the primary runoff election in Arkansas will likely be the closest-watched race (at least by Democrats), to see if challenger Bill Halter can pull an upset against sitting Senator Blanche Lincoln, who enraged many by her corporate-friendly work on the health reform. Other states will also have interesting races to watch, but today I'm going to concentrate on California's primary. Call me parochial if you will (I live in the Golden State), but there are a few California races worth watching tomorrow.

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Friday Talking Points [126] -- We'd Like Our Gulf Back

[ Posted Friday, June 4th, 2010 – 17:04 UTC ]

The mainstream media, led by the intrepid White House press corps, closely followed by the inside-the-Beltway punditocracy, has declared what must happen for the oil to stop flowing into the Gulf of Mexico: President Obama needs to get angry at the oil.
I wish I were kidding, but sadly, I am not. This is the [...]

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[ Posted Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 – 22:12 UTC ]

Washington, before it became a city, was a swamp. You can put fancy neoclassical buildings up everywhere, but it seems you can never get rid of the inherent swampiness of the town. Sigh.

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Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2010

[ Posted Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 – 01:27 UTC ]

While I would immediately caution everyone not to get overly optimistic about what I'm about to say, President Obama's approval rating was looking up in April. Gains were modest, but were pretty much across the board. Although, as I said, the end of the month saw a slight reversal to this trend, likely the result of the drip, drip, drip nature (or, more properly, "gush, gush, gush") of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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