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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.


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.


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.


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.


Not a partnership yet

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.


Future of the Democratic majority

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.


So, how bleak are things?

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.


The Democrats: Losing because they're lost

As I get directions from my car's GPS, I often wonder what the turn-by-turn instructions would be like if the woman inside the device had emotional issues like:

Narcissism: "I don't care which way you turn. It's all about me." (A lot of us TV types own this one.)

Then there's ...

Multiple Personality Disorder: "Turn left! Turn right! Go straight! Go back!"

Let's not forget ...

Clinical depression:
"It doesn't matter which way you go, you're not going to get where you want to anyway."


A fight less reported

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 strong possibility.


Time for the Declaration of Independents

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.