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?
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.
Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into the biggest questions burning up the blogosphere today.
Will Murkowski win as a write-in Senate candidate in Alaska? Why or why not?