In Washington, it will be Obama vs. Boehner

In Washington, it will be Obama vs. Boehner

This is a two-person, two-party town now. And President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and incoming House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, need each other — as both partners and foils while they push their own legislative agendas and lay the groundwork for the 2012 elections. The unlikely duo must find areas of compromise to get […]

A national referendum on Obama and Democratic Congress

A national referendum on Obama and Democratic Congress

The Democratic Congress that enacted President Barack Obama‘s far-reaching health care law and plowed staggering sums into economic relief is at risk Tuesday in an election that promises to shake up the political order across the nation. Republicans buoyantly forecast a new era of divided government, two years after Democrats sealed victory in the presidency, […]

Trends to watch after the polls close

Trends to watch after the polls close

How early will America know if it’s a Republican romp or if Democrats somehow minimized their damage? There should be plenty of clues Tuesday evening — and long before bedtime. Final results in some states might not be known for days. But trends could be evident from the Midwest and South — especially from Indiana, […]

The politics of change

The politics of change

Change. Change. Change. A demand for change propelled Democrats to power in Congress in 2006, and then put Barack Obama in the White House two years later. Either the change wasn’t what a restive public wanted or it didn’t come fast enough. Now voters are looking toward a Republican change. “2008 wasn’t the end goal. […]

Back from the dead, GOP hopes for a big election night

Back from the dead, GOP hopes for a big election night

Resurgent Republicans appear poised to capture control of the House if not the Senate on Tuesday in elections midway through President Barack Obama‘s term, reaping a rich harvest of voter discontent with the economy and profound public skepticism about the future. Drawing strength from the clamorous tea party movement, the GOP also is in line […]

Obama’s nightmare: More Republicans in the Senate

Obama’s nightmare: More Republicans in the Senate

Democrats’ Senate majority faces a midterm shrinkage Tuesday, a further complication for President Barack Obama‘s agenda, even if Republicans fall short of seizing control of the 100-member chamber. Republicans must pick up 10 seats to regain the majority they lost four years ago. Analysts in both parties consider that a tough task. The GOP would […]

On final weekend campaign swing, Obama lashes out at GOP

On final weekend campaign swing, Obama lashes out at GOP

On his final campaign swing through four states in the Northeast and Midwest before Tuesday’s midterm elections, President Barack Obama is asking Democratic voters to go to the polls and help stem an expected Republican tide. “Chicago, it’s up to you to let them know that we have not forgotten, we don’t have amnesia,” the […]

It’s a strange election year when comedians call for reason and sanity

It’s a strange election year when comedians call for reason and sanity

In the shadow of the Capitol and the election, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert entertained a huge throng Saturday at a “sanity” rally poking fun at the nation’s ill-tempered politics, fear-mongers and doomsayers. “We live now in hard times,” Stewart said after all the shtick. “Not end times.” Part comedy show, part pep talk, […]

Tea Party winners will find life in Congress is not a party

Tea Party winners will find life in Congress is not a party

As Rand Paul lumbers toward an expected win in Kentucky’s often nasty Senate race, he embodies the promise and peril of a phenomenon the GOP establishment must accommodate if the party is to govern and campaign effectively from here on. Paul is almost the perfect tea party flag bearer. The first-time candidate and small-government philosopher […]

Question of the day: Who really wanted Meek out of Florida Senate race?

Question of the day: Who really wanted Meek out of Florida Senate race?

Florida’s three-way Senate race grew testier Friday as the last-place Democratic candidate denied claims that former President Bill Clinton had advised him to drop out, saying the idea came instead from his independent rival, Gov. Charlie Crist. Rep. Kendrick Meek went on national morning TV news shows to swat down reports that he had told […]