Barack Obama

Election may be over but divided government remains

Election may be over but divided government remains

Barely an hour after President Barack Obama invited congressional Republicans to post-election talks to work together on major issues, the Senate’s GOP leader had a blunt message: His party’s main goal is denying Obama re-election. In a sign that combat and the 2012 elections rather than compromise could mark the next two years, Sen. Mitch […]

Two faces will represent a divided America

Two faces will represent a divided America

United on almost nothing, Barack Obama and John Boehner are the two faces of America’s divided government, the humbled president and the triumphant House leader. Both claim to speak for the people, yet they have had little to say to each other. This is the relationship that will drive everything. On first appearance, both men […]

Coalitions? We don’t need no stinkin’ coalitions

Coalitions? We don’t need no stinkin’ coalitions

President Barack Obama may have expressed humility over the “shellacking” he took in the midterm elections. But he and his fellow Democrats made it clear they still differ with Republicans on many key issues, and all the talk of a new spirit of compromise could prove tough to follow up on. Leaders of the two […]

Independents, seniors said ‘no’ to Democrats

Independents, seniors said ‘no’ to Democrats

Independents and people 65 and older are two pivotal voting blocs neither party can afford to lose. Right now, Democrats have alienated both. As attention begins to shift to the 2012 presidential and congressional races, President Barack Obama and Democrats must figure out how to woo both groups back to avoid a replay of Tuesday’s […]

Obama admits ‘shellacking’ but still doesn’t get the point

Obama admits ‘shellacking’ but still doesn’t get the point

A chastened President Barack Obama admitted he had suffered a “shellacking” in this week’s US mid-term elections, but refused to see it as a repudiation of his transformative domestic agenda. He instead blamed the loss of the House of Representatives and Republican gains in the Senate on deep voter frustration at the sluggish recovery and […]

OK, we won. Now what?

OK, we won. Now what?

Emboldened by a commanding House majority and Senate gains, Republican leaders vowed Wednesday to deliver on their “golden opportunity” to roll back the size of government and President Barack Obama‘s signature health care law. “Change course we will,” said Ohio Rep. John Boehner, the speaker-in-waiting, describing Tuesday’s midterm elections as a mandate to shrink the […]

Warning to the GOP: Don’t misread the message from this election

Those who make a living telling people like us why we did what we did on election day will say — over and over — that “the people have spoken.” Spoken? Nah. Shouted perhaps, screamed maybe. Hollered would be more like it. Voter anger washed over America like a tsunami Tuesday as pissed-off voters tossed […]

Voter anger puts GOP back in charge of the House

Voter anger puts GOP back in charge of the House

Republicans drew on the support of independents and the energy of tea party activists to fashion a resounding victory in the House in midterm elections, increased their strength in the Senate and quickly served notice they intend to challenge President Barack Obama with a conservative approach to the economy. “We hope President Obama will now […]

A bitter defeat for Nancy Pelosi

A bitter defeat for Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as US speaker of the House, appeared out of a job after a short but productive four years in office as Republicans retook the chamber she ran with gusto. Pelosi, 70, won the distinction of being the highest woman ever elected to office in the United States. But […]

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 […]