Brown vote helps bust GOP filibuster

Scott Brown, the new Republican Senator from Massachusetts who was supposed to bring the Democratic legislative agenda to a halt, helped end a GOP-led filibuster on the jobs bill in the Senate Monday, joining four other members of his party in casting procedural votes that helped Democrats. Brown, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, […]

Cheney hospitalized with chest pains

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, known for creating heartburn for political opponents, was hospitalized at George Washington Medical Center in Washington Monday after suffering chest pains. Cheney, who has a history of heart problems and has a pacemaker, was “resting comfortably, according to assistant Peter Long. Cheney has had four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery […]

CPAC’s right-wing children

The conservative movement in America is now child’s play. The kids have taken over the right wing (again) and that’s not sitting too well with the old guard. Young, fresh-faced right-wingers dominated the crowd of more than 10,000 registrants at this past weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. They pushed the old fuddy-duddies […]

What the heck happened?

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop…wait a second…where the hell are we? Our apologies for the confusion here at Capitol Hill Blue. We started […]

Evan says Bayh Bayh

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh‘s decision to leave Congress is hardly a surprise to those who see political moderates as an increasingly disaffected bunch who have had it with the bitter partisanship that rules Congress nowadays. Bayh correctly calls the American political system “dysfunctional” and says our governmental system is overrun with “brain-dead partisanship” where the […]

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 […]

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