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.
October 04, 2010, 04:13 pm
By Former Members of Congress for Common Ground
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.
October 04, 2010, 01:25 pm
By Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.)
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?
September 27, 2010, 03:58 pm
By Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska)
The popular Union General George McClellan, who as the
Democratic candidate promised to end the Civil War by negotiating with the
Confederacy, lost to Abraham Lincoln in 1864 because of the Union's military
successes in the field. Lincoln wanted to persist in fighting to total victory.
The presidential election of 2012 may see a reversal of roles: a popular
general could make a campaign issue of the winning the Afghan War, while an
apparently timid President grapples with his promise to begin drawing down the
troops by August 2011.
While Congress was on vacation, unemployment crept up to 9.6 percent nationwide. For District of Columbia, it was even worse with a rate of 9.9 percent in August. The economy, after all of the rhetoric, finger-pointing and stimulus, has moved all the way from "free-fall" to "standing still."
Political analysts routinely argue that we are heading for a 'wave' election come November. But my 1994 Congressional re-election defeat in Kansas suggests that waves aren’t inevitable, and that there are several lessons that incumbents today might apply to their races if they hope to survive in this tough political climate.
Last night, we got a preview of the Congressional Republican “Pledge to America.” This morning – at a small business that would likely benefit from the President’s plan to help small businesses – they unveiled the full thing. As news reports have already noted, there weren’t many new ideas in it, and the document was largely fluff obscuring a return to the same old special interest policies that caused this recession. But a close look at what the real-life implications of their “pledge” would be if enacted are nothing short of alarming:
September 21, 2010, 06:19 pm
By Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
This week, for the first time in decades, Congress has a chance to clean up its own house through the Fair Elections Now Act. Some may think that this bill will only benefit one party but history has shown that Fair Elections will be a boon to candidates of all political stripes. And a greater selection of candidates is good for voters.