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.
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.
The president and his team have a new strategy in dealing with congressional Republicans.
Mr. Obama went to Baltimore last Friday and took more than an hour of his schedule to thrust and parry with the abused House Republican minority.
And then yesterday morning, David Axelrod, the president’s top strategist, went on “Meet the Press” right before House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and continued the administration’s efforts to promote the new theme: The House Republicans share responsibility for the White House failures.
A.B. Stoddard talks with Pundits Blog contributors Chris Kofinis and John Feehery about what President Barack Obama needs to say in his State of the Union address and how Democrats can keep their majority in Congress.
President Barack Obama and his White House team have kicked into
campaign mode, bringing in their version of Dick Morris to right the ship.
David Plouffe, manager of Obama's revolutionary and well-respected presidential
campaign, will now head to Democratic National Committee headquarters to make
sure a trusted eye is overseeing the 2010 midterm elections.
Most Democrats expect a day of reckoning this November, with
a likely loss of more than 20 seats and a feared loss of 40, which would flip
control to the GOP. Plouffe isn't promising anything, but he made the case
that "November Doesn't Have to Be A Nightmare" in an op-ed he penned for The Washington Post over the weekend.
I know you have heard by now the Democrats are having
trouble holding the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy for more than
four decades in deep-blue Massachusetts. I know you have heard they may not be
able to pass healthcare reform after nearly a year of agonizing negotiations,
political horse-trading and partisan warfare. I know you have heard how the
House-passed cap-and-trade bill won't make it out of the Senate, how vulnerable
Democrats are retiring and how sinking polls numbers for President Barack Obama
and his party could lead to even more departures and make losing the House a
Maybe this is the year. After all the decades of lip service to the idea of third-party or Independent candidates, perhaps the time has come. Heaven knows the Democrats and Republicans have done their part to make the idea appealing.
The two major parties have way more in common than their loyalists would like to admit. There is jealousy, dogmatic infighting, downright buffoonery. Then we have egotistical turf battles, corruption, incompetence and general chaos. And let's not forget the lineup of mediocre or worse hacks the Big Two select as candidates. For those who celebrate bipartisanship, there is plenty of it.