Barack Obama

The health care soap opera approaches

Coming soon to daytime television: America’s long-running civic drama over how to provide better health care to more of its people without breaking the bank. President Barack Obama summons anxious Democrats and aloof Republicans to a White House summit Thursday — live on C-SPAN and perhaps cable — and gambles that he can save his […]

Lautenberg’s health: Problem for Dems

Concerns about New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s health pose yet another challenge for Democrats struggling to retain control of the Senate. Lautenberg’s announcement Friday that he’s suffering from stomach lymphoma and will receive treatment over the next few months could complicate matters for Democrats as they seek to muster enough votes to overcome Republican delaying […]

DOJ gives torture memo writers a pass

The Justice Department  is closing the books on its probe of the Bush administration lawyers whose legal memorandums authorized the CIA to waterboard terrorism suspects, but the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he remains offended by the memos and will hold hearings An internal review said the department lawyers showed “poor judgment” but […]

Obama launches road show to sell stimulus ‘success’

President Barack Obama vigorously defended his $787 billion stimulus on Wednesday, insisting it rescued Americans from the worst of the economic calamity and ripping Republican critics who called it a waste. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched a sweeping effort to convince skeptical Americans that the stimulus has been beneficial on the one-year anniversary […]

Democrats’ dilemma: How to replace Evan Bayh

Indiana Democrats stunned by Sen. Evan Bayh‘s decision not to seek a third term face the daunting task of finding a candidate for the November ballot to fill the shoes of the man who’s long been the Republican-leaning state’s most popular Democrat.

“There’s no obvious replacement for him. Nobody immediately comes to mind because he’s been such a towering presence,” said Robert Dion, a professor of American politics at the University of Evansville.

Indiana’s Republican leanings have long made the state tough ground for Democrats. Hoosiers had gone 44 years without choosing a Democrat for president before Barack Obama narrowly won the state in 2008.

And until Bayh entered politics in the 1980s, Republicans had long ruled the Statehouse.

Indiana remains a “very small-town rural kind of state” whose residents don’t like new government programs, spending and taxes, said William Kubik, a professor of political science at Hanover College.

That climate poses a challenge to Democrats running for statewide office — with many having a conservative streak.

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 […]

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 […]

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