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Obama insiders to work in the upcoming U.K. election — for the Tories

I sometimes have to remind myself that the ill-at-ease, grim, grumpy Gordon Brown is the U.K.’s Labour prime minister.

Perhaps not for long. There will be elections, likely in early May — but required by June 3 — and Brown, 59, is in trouble in a match-up against the younger, sunnier Conservative Party leader, David Cameron, 43.

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GOP winning coast to coast

In the last two congressional elections, Republicans took it on the chin. They were decimated in New York, wiped out in Indiana; they took some big hits in Florida. They lost seats they should have won in Alabama (of all places). The carnage stretched all to way to Idaho, Washington state, Oregon and, of course, California.

It was one long, electoral tidal wave. Some thought these were transformative elections, that the Democrats were now the majority party for the foreseeable future.

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John Mellencamp for senator from Indiana

I first heard the idea of John Cougar Mellencamp running for the Senate in Indiana when Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation advocated this on MSNBC, and I wholeheartedly agree. This is a truly inspired idea. John Mellencamp would make an outstanding and even brilliant United States senator and represents exactly the spirit and soul the Democratic Party should stand for.

This is not the time or place for me to critique Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.). I will say that when I first came to Washington I worked for his father, Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Ind.), who I believe was one of the greatest senators who ever served.

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A gift from Dems in IL: Obama’s Senate seat

On Monday morning I wrote a post describing how Republicans were salivating over making Illinois the next Massachusetts — taking the U.S. Senate seat once held by Barack Obama and giving it to a Republican, North Shore five-term congressman Mark Kirk, a Naval Reserve intelligence officer who is untouched by corruption and exceedingly strong on national-security issues.

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Republicans vow to make Illinois the next Massachusetts. Can David Hoffman stop them? Who is this guy, anyway?

I live in Chicago, so the name David Hoffman has been in the back of my mind for a few years. He was the city’s inspector general, rooting out corruption in Mayor Daley’s City Hall — some of it, anyway; a team of 200 IGs would be needed to really make a dent. He was said to give Daley hives, and the mayor was surely relieved when Hoffman came to him last August, just a couple of weeks shy of his four-year term, and told him that he was resigning the next day to run for the U.S. Senate seat that Barack Obama occupied briefly before moving up to the White House.

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Obama's potential recovery

The following piece appears originally in The Washington Times.

Whether White House adviser David Axelrod admits it or not, the president knows in his heart Tuesday’s election was about him and his agenda. That’s why he traveled there last week — to see if he could personally salvage that race.

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Democrats in denial

As President Obama and his advisers begin to digest the shock of Tuesday's defeat in Massachusetts, and devise a way forward, it is clear they have accepted only so much culpability at this point and have yet to shake their denial.
 
Yesterday Robert Gibbs held his press briefing and made several television appearances, top adviser David Axelrod also made the rounds, and the president himself gave an interview to ABC News. All three acknowledged the anger Americans are feeling, and which helped Scott Brown (R) win the seat held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) in Massachusetts, just as it helped Republicans beat Democrats in gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia in November.

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Scott Brown: ‘Thanks, David Gergen; thanks, Rahm Emanuel; I couldn’t have done it without you’

When Republican Scott Brown looks back at his unlikely victory, he can thank Martha Coakley, his inept opponent, but he should also thank CNN’s David Gergen and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

During a debate between Brown and Coakley, moderated by supposed wise man Gergen — an adviser to presidents of both parties but obviously entranced by President Barack Obama, and one of the pundits who met with him in the White House — Gergen asked Brown, “Are you willing … to say, … ‘I'm going to sit in Teddy Kennedy's seat and I'm going to be the person who's going to block [healthcare reform] for another 15 years’?”

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Lessons learned, lessons forgotten: You’re fired

It is extremely difficult to understand how the president and his White House feel that the loss in Massachusetts is no reflection on his leadership, policies or agenda.

Have they become so arrogant and out of touch? Will they remain stubborn, blind and deaf, only to continue to ignore the will of the people? The people personally like and respect our president, but he needs to hear their outcry, anger and disgust with the direction our America is quickly headed.

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