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The Obama-House GOP summit: It can be a win-win-win

I watched with amazement at the discussion that occurred last week in Baltimore between President Barack Obama and the House Republican Conference.

I was not amazed by the president’s performance. I knew he would rise to the occasion, because he is good at being exactly at who he is. He does not have to make this up. He does not have to try hard. He does not need to write notes on his palm. He was civil and likable. You could tell that even conservative GOP House members who strongly disagreed with him ... well, they clearly like him. And how can you not? He’s a nice guy, a good guy, a decent guy — who is as good at depersonalizing criticism and moving on, as good at not holding grudges (though he might be entitled to do so, in many instances), as any person I have seen in 40-plus years of active involvement in politics.

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'Retarded'

Sarah Palin gave a great speech Saturday night in Nashville at the Tea Party convention. She is preparing to engage on a national level in a significant way, on Fox News, campaigning in primaries and possibly general-election campaigns this fall and staying on the speaking tour. According to Sunday's New York Times, Palin has created a circle of advisers who probably wrote that speech and keep her informed on the issues of the day. She is admittedly prepping herself for a new role: someone prepared to talk about policy, not just about herself.

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Palin seeks divine intervention

They paid Sarah Palin $100,000 — for what?

If I were the organizers of that event — or one of the “grassroots” teabaggers who shelled out $349 for a steak-and-lobster dinner — I’d demand my money back.

For 45 minutes, all Palin did was string together a lame collection of clichés and cheap shots, without offering one idea of her own. Three times, she called for “common-sense conservative solutions to problems” — without suggesting even one of them.

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Sarah Palin at Opryland: Rise of the ‘new federalism’

Sarah Palin’s speech to the Tea Party Convention at Nashville brought to my mind the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, when Doc Watson and Bob Dylan were just anybody. It was raw and unpretentious, unformed and unscripted, informal and from the heart, but the beginning of something purely original and of vast and natural willfulness which appears to just now be awakened and will not be held back.

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On the president’s meeting with Senate Democrats

Because they felt left out, Senate Democrats invited President Barack Obama to give them an opportunity to give their struggling individual campaigns a boost on national television.

Blanche Lincoln, who is down big in the polls in her home state of Arkansas, told the president, “People out there watching us, they see us nothing more than Democrats and Republicans up here fighting.”

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Sarah Palin takes $100,000 for populist Tea Party speech

When Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense, it was one of the great best-sellers in history and made a ton of money by 1776 standards. Paine donated all of the money, every penny of it, for the troops of the continental army. Sarah Palin, by contrast, gives a populist speech at a Tea Party convention, and donates the money to herself.

The word charlatan is defined as a person who practices quackery or confidence tricks in order to gain fame or money. Sarah Palin is America's leading Tea Party charlatan, in very good company with many on the Republican side of the aisle.

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Tea Party vs. GOP: The showdown

All we can focus on here in Washington today is how irritated we are by the coming 20 inches of snow and how weepy we feel over the departure of Tai Shan, our beloved panda who departs the Smithsonian National Zoo today to go back to China. OK, maybe misty is more like it.

But in Nashville, the Tea Partiers are gathering today for quite a party — their first convention. Sarah Palin, as you probably already know, is speaking. And the organizers have all been fighting with each other, since, as you probably already know, there isn't one Tea Party.

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The spinners’ composer

Back before a couple of conglomerates took over nearly all the stations with their vanilla playlists and avatar disc jockeys, radio used to have personalities who had, if you can imagine, PERSONALITIES.

They reflected the taste of their individual communities. Often bad taste, to be sure, but their banter and particularly the music they played reflected the characteristics and peculiarities of their metro areas. And no market was more peculiar than Washington.

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Bipartisanship will only help the GOP

A.B. Stoddard answers viewer questions about which party will benefit most from a show of bipartisanship, and looks at some of the president's budget plan.

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The rebirth of the Illinois GOP

Today, the president unveils his budget, which will promise the highest deficit in history. Tomorrow, voters in Illinois will traipse to the first primary of the 2010 election season.

While these events are not connected by anything other than coincidence, one will have a profound impact on the other.

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