Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer their insight into the biggest questions burning up the blogosphere today.
Can Democrats like West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin survive by distancing themselves from Obama?
Think about that. I am only one member of the U.S. House of Representatives, out of 435. I represent one-quarter of one percent of America. And yet roughly TWENTY PERCENT of spending in the entire country by these shadowy right-wing groups has been spent to defeat...me.
There’s a daily ritual in George Orwell’s book 1984 called the “Two Minutes' Hate,” in which citizens are whipped into a violent frenzy against those who are too different, or too democratic. I was reminded of this scene when I heard what Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) told a church rally recently about who should be barred from teaching in public schools.
Recently, the Global Language Monitor (GLM) announced the “Top Buzzwords of the Midterm Election”. GLM found that the buzzwords portrayed a strongly negative narrative that has increasingly entangled the president and his party.
The top ten buzzwords included “narrative”, “lower taxes”, “Obama as a Muslim”, “conservative”, “climate change”, “liberal”, “recession (linked to Obama)”, “Hillary Clinton (related to Obama)”, “Tea Partiers”, and “Obama as aloof, detached, or professorial”. In the interim, GLM has found that “Obama as a smoker” will break into the top ten when the list is updated two weeks hence.
Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer their insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today.
What does The Hill and ANGA poll mean for control of the House?
See the poll here.
Dear Candidate for Congress:
We are all former Members of Congress - and all partisans. We do not recoil from the term, or from the concept of partisanship.
Although political parties were not mentioned in the Constitution or considered directly by the Framers, they have been a core part of American democracy from the beginning and are central to every democracy. Parties are the way we organize to debate our differences; the way we organize Congress to do its work; the way we organize to offer citizens choices in elections. They pave the way for the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.
Last week, the U.S. government highlighted the compilation by State Department historians of a comprehensive record of U.S. Southeast Asia policy from 1946-1975, including policy related to our long and complex relationship with Vietnam. As Secretary of State Clinton noted in her address to an assembly of distinguished diplomats and scholars, “the lessons of that era continue to inform the decisions we make.”
This year is the toughest political climate for any political party since -- well -- since 2008. Despite the challenges both within and outside of our Party, ultimately, I believe Democrats will hold on to both the House and the Senate.
Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today.
What issue should Democrats talk about most on the campaign trail?