If you’re a political drama junkie, this weekend threatened an overdose, with a Democratic leadership contest threatening to tear the caucus apart, pitting the dwindling white southern bloc against African-American Democrats for a seat at the leadership table. Because we couldn’t wait until Monday night to chime in, this is a special edition of HUFFPOST […]

Robert Kuttner: Time for Team B — And a Movement

In the 1970s, the CIA appointed a “Team B” to challenge prevailing assumptions about national security. Since then, there have been other Team B exercises to question prevailing views. This is a smart move. An in-group of experts often becomes an echo-chamber, reinforcing their own prejudices and excluding people with different views. If you are […]

Gavin Newsom’s Win Keeps California Politics Future Afloat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — He’s best-known for opening San Francisco’s City Hall to same-sex weddings and was once thought to be too liberal even for the bulk of California. But Gavin Newsom’s decisive Nov. 2 win as the state’s next second-in-command has rekindled prospects that he may one day be a viable candidate for governor or […]

Obama On ’60 Minutes’: Midterms ‘A Referendum On The Economy’

WATCH THE VIDEOS BELOW WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the political cost of overhauling the health care system turned out to be higher than he had expected. And he admits that he gets discouraged at times when dealing with the economy. In an interview airing Sunday night on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Obama said the […]

Joseph A. Palermo: What "Center?"

On what set of national policies was President Obama anything other than a “centrist?” How many times did he “reach out” to Republicans? On the war in Afghanistan, education, health care, Wall Street reform, immigration, and climate change he bent over backwards to accommodate the opposition party. Yet the Republicans stiffed him on all accounts. […]

Dave Johnson: Tea Party Betrayed Already?

I have been writing about the Tea Party, and asking what they will do if/when the DC Republicans betray them.. CAF has set up a page for the Tea Party Getting Played series. This is the latest in the series. So, how’s that new Tea Party Congress working out for Tea Party supporters who expected […]

Karl Rove: ‘Republicans Are On Probation’ (VIDEO)

In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric that aired on Friday night, Karl Rove issued a stern warning to Republicans in the aftermath of the party’s success at the polls in the 2010 midterm elections. The GOP strategist also unfavorably compared President Obama to President Clinton. “Let’s not kid ourselves,” said the […]