How ironic that as soon as Michael Steele, the RNC chairman,
announced that the Republicans didn’t have a chance to capture the House, Byron
Dorgan and Chris Dodd announced that they were quitting the Senate.
Steele is brilliant. His strategy must have been to fake
them out. Tell the Democrats that we don’t have a chance to win so they feel
more comfortable in calling it quits.
History turns in a moment: Harper’s Ferry, Trafalgar, Dien Bien Phu. The Democrats may have seen such a moment with Sen. Ben Nelson this week in Nebraska, so it might be worth marking that page. At year’s end it is worth looking forward to what is likely to rise ahead. These four will be key: Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and William Daley.
We need to cut Michael Steele some slack. If someone is willing to pay him big bucks to make a speech, he'd be a fool to say no. True, he has gotten into trouble about some of the dopey things he's said, but he may as well make some money for them.
It's not that there's a conflict of interest; Democrats in particular should realize that. They constantly charge that Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Steele heads a party that always favors the wealthy — those who can afford to pay for his words of wisdom.
A.B. Stoddard and Republican strategist John Feehery discuss how the Republican Party could open itself up to a centrist base, and how the abortion amendment might be the downfall of the Democrats' healthcare bill.
Progressives who gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the inauguration of the president to bring the change they thought they had won in election 2008 are asking: What kind of change did we win?
Now the House of Representatives has passed the healthcare bill, though the most transforming policy, a single-payer system, was not even brought to a vote! For the base of the Democratic Party, it was bad enough there was never a push for the most progressive policy, members were afraid to even vote on it!
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told us all we needed to know this week about the divide that threatens the Democratic Party's majorities in next year's midterm elections.
"We got walloped," said Warner, a former governor of Virginia, about Democrats losing both gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia, in his home state by 17 points.
“OK, we’ve intimidated the moderates in the Republican
Party, and that hasn’t worked out very well, so let’s try to put the squeeze on
the moderate Democrats!” Can they be serious?
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and other Republican operatives
actually believe that they can pressure Democrats to join their “Party of No”
and stop progress on healthcare, education, climate change, you name it.
Are Republicans drinking the Kool-Aid again? In the late
1970s they did their best to purge their party of the Ed Brookes, Jacob Javits,
Clifford Cases, Chuck Percys. Strange how some of those hard-right heirs stood
around to give Brooke the highest award the Senate bestows when an extreme
conservative of their ilk named Ari Nelson challenged him in his own primary
back in 1978. Stranger still that many of the moderates the party now wants to
exorcise were preceded by good and decent members who actually got things done
“Rockefeller Republican” became a swear word to the hard-line
faithful. Well, here we go again. But now even Newt Gingrich is worried — he
sees where this is headed.
House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) recently summed up his sanguine attitude when he wrote, "Republicans lost our way on fiscal responsibility when we held the majority in Congress. Since then, we have held firm to our commitment to show the American people we learned our lesson by offering better solutions to hold the line on spending, rein in red ink and get the nation's fiscal house in order."
Minnesota Gov. Tim
Pawlenty (R), a 2012 presidential prospect, has stepped into the fray and
endorsed the third-party candidate in NY-23, leaving former House Speaker Newt
Gingrich (R-Ga.) all by his lonesome in the GOP establishment.
who is running against Democrat Bill Owens and liberal Republican Dede
Scozzafava, has now earned the endorsements of Pawlenty, former Alaska Gov.
Sarah Palin, former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and former House Majority
Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas). Scozzafava, a State Assemblywoman, supports
abortion rights, card-check for unions and same-sex marriage.