Battered Obama tries return to campaign gimmicks

President Barack Obama — battered by falling approval ratings, rattled by missteps and haunted by failures — is getting back to basics. Campaign basics. Obama’s White House is returning to “campaign mode,” with new strategies to limit Obama’s availability to the press and interviews, respond rapidly to critics and carefully scripted public events where the […]

The return of ‘malaise’

Former President Jimmy Carter called the mood of the country “malaise” during his one-term Presidency and that term came to define his four years in office and contributed to his failure to win re-election. When you look at the mood of the nation today, you find a lot of similarities to the malaise of Carter’s […]

The man who killed bipartisanship

Bipartisanship. Sounds like a great concept. At one time, it actually existed in the halls of power in Washington. Bipartisanship helped President Ronald Reagan get his tax cuts through a reluctant, Democratic-controlled Congress in 1981. In those days, the Republican Party — in the minority in Congress just like it is today — was led […]

When in doubt, blame Bush

When Democrats run out of ideas (a problem that happens often) they turn to their standard political tactic: Blame former President George W. Bush. Record deficits? Bush’s fault. Record unemployment? Bush’s fault. Failing banks? Bush did it. Failing war in Afghanistan? Bush put us in this mess. One of these days, the party of the […]

Obama wants to expand DHS into an American Gestapo

American GestapoThe Obama administration is working to expand the controversial Department of Homeland Security (DHS) beyond its traditional role of fighting terrorism, giving the enforcement agency broad powers over cybercrime, disease control, immigration enforcement and other areas of American life.

The proposed changes could turn DHS into a powerful national police agency with broad control — a move that some civil libertarians worry could become an “American Gestapo.”

White House officials outlined the proposed changes in a document called the “Quadrennial Homeland Security Review,” delivered to Congress recently but embargoed for public release.

Suddenly sexy Republicans?

Virginia's First<br /> Lady: Maureen McDonnellNormally, you don’t see the term “sex symbol” and “Republican” in the same sentence.

Most people had a good laugh when the party of the elephant tried to pass off Sarah Palin as sexy.

The Wasilla wonder is many things: Sexy ain’t one of them.

But election of former nude Cosmo model Scott Brown as the new Senator from Massachusetts has given Republicans a hunk they can call their own and Saturday Night Live cemented Brown’s status as the new GOP sex symbol with a skit this past weekend that depicted Democrats having fantasies of Brown that had little to do with legislation and a lot to do with imagination.

State of Dis-union

As State of the Union speeches go, President Barack Obama’s overwrought, overlong and over-hyped seventy-one minute lecture Wednesday night was not very spectacular, not very stirring and not in touch with reality. Bill Clinton delivered much better State of the Union speeches. Clinton could speak for hours and keep people interested. Camers showed even Democrats […]

The end of Democracy

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday drove the final nail into the coffin containing a dead American concept called democracy. In a 5-4 vote, the court lifted virtually all limits on corporate spending on election campaigns, opening the door to total and complete control of the electoral process by big business and labor unions. Gone are […]

Turn out the lights, the Democrats’ party is over

Hell froze over in Massachusetts Tuesday. Voters sent a Republican to Washington to represent the most liberal state in the union in the United States Senate. Defeated Democrats immediately launched their typical game — blaming the loss of seat held for so long by Sen. Ted Kennedy on everyone and everything except themselves. Most of […]

Politics: SNAFU, TACFU and FUBAR

When Republicans tried their hardest to use Bill Clinton’s inability to keep his pants zipped as a way to oust him from office, Democrats raised their hands in mock anger and decried that it as “just sex” and sex wasn’t all that important in the political scheme of things. Now Game Change, the book that […]