When I get confused about the procedural and historical mysteries of Congress there is only one thing to do: call Norm Ornstein. As anyone in Washington knows, there are no more knowledgeable students of the Hill than Norm, who is at the American Enterprise Institute, and his buddy Tom Mann of the Brookings Institution.
I got this e-mail from my good friend Keith Olbermann, whose father passed away over the weekend. Theodore Olbermann's story—his late-life care, and the agonizing options involved—became an illustrative saga about health issues in and for America.
As if Sen. Harry Reid didn't have enough of a weight on his shoulders, now he has this to deal with: his wife, Landra, and his daughter, Lana, were injured—Landra quite seriously—when their car was rear-ended by a truck on Interstate 95 in Washington.
The president finally caught a break in the Beltway steel-cage match over health care. Former representative Eric Massa and Glenn Beck may have thought they were teaming up to stop Obamacare, but the duo both ended up looking ridiculous on Fox.
There's nothing more fun than handicapping a vote count in Washington. It's our version of studying an IPO on Wall Street, or filling out a March Madness bracket on Tobacco Road.The biggest vote of 2010 is coming up one of these days in the not too distant future in the House of Representatives.
I just got off the phone with the cheerfully overcaffeinated J. D. Hayworth, the former congressman who is challenging Sen. John McCain for the GOP Senate nomination in Arizona. "I love John and so do most people here," Hayworth told me. "But it's time for a new generation of conservative leadership here and across the country.
I just eyeballed newly sworn-in Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., the undertaker of the Kennedy legend and the man who sent shock waves through Democratic Party.
Thoughts while watching the president take questions at the Senate Democrats' meeting at the Newseum: Congress is a co-equal branch of government, but the staging of the event made the senators look like out-to-lunch business students listening to a George Clooney lecture in Up in the Air.
Obama and the limits of personal oratory.
If one speech can replenish a presidency—and I'm not sure it can—Barack Obama's State of the Union address was just such a speech. In tone and content it was aimed squarely at the fickle voters he has lost since last year: the swing-voting independents in the middle of the spectrum.
I rarely attend a Supreme Court argument, but I did last fall for a "rehearing" of the campaign-spending case. I wrote a column about it, predicting that the Roberts Court would sweep away long-established restrictions on spending by corporations.
Charles Krupa / APBrown supporters celebrating in Boston, Jan. 19. Blame is more fun than praise. Yes, Scott Brown was a seemingly anodyne, handsome, smiling, and at least superficially reasonable Republican who was in the right place at the right time: appearing out of nowhere in the midst of a nagging recession at a time of continued voter alienation with the powers that be—who happen to be Democrats.
The vultures (including me) showed up for Robert Gibbs's briefing today as voters in Massachusetts went to the polls to cast their vote for U.S. Senate. The operating assumption, which Gibbs did not dispute, was that Democrat Martha Coakley would lose the seat—held by the late Ted Kennedy since 1962—to a Republican nonentity named Scott Brown, a military lawyer and state senator whose main claim to fame until this month was that he had, decades ago, posed in the almost-totally-nude for...
The Democrats' health-care bill has become a political albatross.
The gods of politics have an ironic sense of justice. They can force a president to confront more complex versions of the very problems we thought we had solved by electing him.