Posts Tagged “Republicans”

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that Obama’s address tonight may well have been the first presidential speech I’ve ever seen that genuinely lived up to the full meaning of the word “presidential.” The first time in my life we’ve had real, effective leadership in Washington. So this is what it looks Continue reading →

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New Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele looks like he’s going to be a fertile source of embarrassing quotes; the “don’t trust us” thing the other day was not just an anomaly. Today’s latest:  according to The Washington Times, Steele wants the GOP to be the hip-hop party. No, seriously. 😀 To wit:

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After much Congressional wrangling and pontificating, Obama was finally able to sign the economic stimulus bill yesterday. What exactly does this mean? Make no mistake: this bill is less than it could or should have been. Really, there should have been only two guiding principles in putting this bill together: 1) Figure out every worthwhile Continue reading →

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It’s been far longer than I intended since my last post. Sometimes time just runs away from you. So let me just toss off a few ideas that have crossed my mind in recent days, and get caught up… — First off:  the wrangling in Washington over the new “economic stimulus package” has been interesting Continue reading →

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I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but sometimes an item is worth sharing whether I have much to add or not. So… Quoted for truth: From Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com User B.R. writes in: “…everyone (media and blogs alike) are treating the filibuster as a far more commonplace occurrence than it should be. Continue reading →

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As the Obama administration and the new Congress set about choosing priorities and strategies for policymaking, an important consideration will be the political attitudes of the electorate. That, however, is often as much a matter of perception as reality. It therefore comes as no surprise that even before Election Day (and with increased fervency once Continue reading →

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Well, despite some optimistic tea-leaf reading earlier in the day about turnout, the voters of Georgia have returned Republican Saxby Chambliss to the Senate in today’s run-off election, defeating challenger Jim Martin by a wide margin. Disappointing, but I guess even in a remarkable year, you really can’t win them all.

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Believe it or not, the Republican party’s approval ratings have actually gotten worse since the election. As CNN reports, just 34 percent of Americans polled have a positive impression of the party, versus 61 percent with a negative view. Gallup says that’s the party’s worst performance since they started asking the question in 1992, and Continue reading →

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