Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into the biggest questions burning up the blogosphere today.
In a new poll from The Hill, most likely voters say Obama has not changed America for the better.
What should President Obama do to change this view by November 2012?
It may be an inopportune time to recall that one of the most refreshing characteristics of Barack Obama is his aversion to judgmentalism. He described how he was far more impressed by the hopes, worries, and basic decency the people he met in his travels around Illinois had in common than the beliefs that divided them in The Audacity of Hope. He claimed to see the good in people of all viewpoints. In his first State of the Union address, he promised not to question the benevolent intent of political opponents while disagreeing with their politics. Other presidents have tried to avoid public aspersions of ill will, but Obama explicitly pledged to avoid it.
Today, my campaign is launching an ad telling voters what we're proud of in this Democratic Congress.
I'm proud that we passed a healthcare bill to end the abuses of insurance companies.
For months, Democrats have been on a reckless spending spree, passing the dangerous job-killing agenda of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and President Obama. They have disregarded Republicans’ amendments and pleas, but now they are faced with opposition, which can’t be ignored: outcry from the American people.
Reports of “anger” and “rage” at the economy, incumbents or President Obama himself as the main theme of the 2010 midterm elections have been greatly overstated, possibly for political motivations. In an analysis of the Top Political Buzzwords of the 2010 midterms, Global Language Monitor (GLM) has determined that the words “anger” and “rage” and their various combinations comes in a distant second to words associated with “disappointment”, “frustration” or being “let down” by the actions of the administration.
So it turns out that money doesn’t really matter in politics.
That’s what New York Times columnist David Brooks, generally a sensible fellow, argued on Tuesday.
Recalling big spending losers from days past like Phil Gramm and John Connolly, and more recently defeated but lavishly-funded candidates like Mike Castle and Lisa Murkowski, Brooks argued that the current media interest in campaign spending, particularly secret gifts made through groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is unimportant.
Republicans are looking to make some key Congressional pick-ups in the state of Arkansas this November. At the top of their list: the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts and Blanche Lincoln’s Senate seat. They feel good about their chances – nearly every county in the state split more heavily for McCain over Obama than it did for Bush over Kerry and in Pulaski County, home to the capital of Little Rock and the electoral fortress of the Arkansas Democratic Party, support for the top of the Democratic ticket in 2008 barely exceeded 2004 numbers.