National Party News

National Party News

Pelosi drains the swamp, as promised

Heading into the midterm elections, this is the last thing Democrats needed. On top of a public trial for Rep. Charles Rangel (N.Y.), it now looks like there’ll be a second ethics trial for California Rep. Maxine Waters — on charges that, among other minority banks she sought federal help for, was a bank of which her husband was a shareholder and former board member.

Like Rangel, Waters has apparently decided to take her chances in a public trial, rather than accept a one-sided verdict from the House ethics committee.

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More issues at the RNC

Luckily for Michael Steele, someone named Shirley Sherrod was starring in a far more significant drama yesterday and will for at least the rest of this week. As is his habit, Steele had another interesting day yesterday as the embattled chairman of the Republican National Committee. Recall that Steele has been described as "embattled" since as far back as March of 2009, just two months after taking over at the RNC. He has enforced a never-a-dull-moment policy ever since.

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Republican Party must rescue blacks from the Democratic plantation

The modern Republican Party has utterly failed to effectively reach out to the black community.

This failure is most clear at the grassroots level, where Republicans have not done enough to make clear to American blacks that they understand, care about and have solutions to their problems.

By contrast, about one-quarter of the membership of the Democratic National Committee is black. This strong representation within the party facilitates more hiring and elected representation of American blacks in government at every level and creates a positive ripple effect throughout the community.

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The next majority

Robert Gibbs let the cat out of the bag over the weekend. He admitted that Republicans have a decent shot at getting a majority in November.

That admission sent shockwaves through the Washington punditocracy.

How could it be? What a mistake! Can you believe he said that?

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Bill Clinton can save the Democrats — and the Obama presidency!

While this will cause some gnashing of teeth in the West Wing of the White House, and is one of the great ironies of our political age, former President William Jefferson Clinton is the one person in America who can save the Democratic Party from the kind of defeat in November that could destroy the Obama presidency.

The best-case outcome for Democrats today is that if they don't lose control of the House or the Senate, they will lose enough seats to make Washington completely ungovernable, and make the Obama agenda completely unpassable, and politically destroy the two years leading into the presidential campaign of 2012.

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Rebranding the GOP and closing the gender gap

I have a theory about the differences between a Republican primary and a general election. To win a Republican primary, you have to win a majority of white men. To win a general election, though (and this is in Senate seats and in politically competitive House seats), you have to win a majority (or at least get fairly close) of white married women.

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Two articles

Two articles caught my eye this morning. The New York Times has a front-page article about a new strategy from House Democrats, which presents a clear contrast from the House Republicans. Where Republicans announced an aggressive push to interact with the voting public with a new campaign called America Speaks Out, the Democrats took a different tack. They avoided the people.

Specifically, according to the Times, they avoided town-hall meetings.

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The Roadmap

Anxiety over the growing fiscal crisis has prevented the Democratic majority in Congress from being able to write a budget this year, so divided are they over spending, deficits and debt. Their struggle this week to find the votes for a "jobs" bill that would extend unemployment insurance (not paid for) and business tax cuts arose from the same political pressure — more and more Democrats are joining Republicans, demanding that government start paying for what it spends.

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Moderate GOPers at a Tea Party

A.B. Stoddard is joined by Chris Kofinis and John Feehery, Democratic and Republican strategists, to discuss the Tea Party's relationship with the GOP and the administration's reaction to the Gulf oil spill.

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Listen up

A little more than a year ago, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) came up with what I thought was a smart idea. He convinced a group of distinguished Republicans, including Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, that the GOP needed to spend some time listening to the voters to find out what they wanted from their government.

He founded the National Council for a New America with that express purpose. Why don’t we just listen for a change?

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