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Health care summit craps out

They came, they talked, they pontificated, they postured. In the end, they accomplished nothing. After seven-and-a-half hours of positioning, President Barack Obama, Republicans and Democrats failed to reach any agreement on health care reform and Obama now will do what he planned to do all along — push for a “my way or the highway […]

Health summit: Much ado about nothing

Here’s a moment of rare Washington bipartisanship for you: Republicans and Democrats agree that President Barack Obama‘s much-ballyhooed publicly-televised summit on health care will be much ado about nothing because nothing will come out of it. “We’re happy to be there, but I’m not sure what the purpose is,” says Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell […]

Winning campaign strategy: Bash Pelosi

Time-proven ploy of politics: Identify an enemy and then run against that enemy. Many candidates run for Congress not by opposing the record of their opponent but by running against the President. Many Democrats who won House and Senate seats in 2006 won by running against then-President George W. Bush. Republicans who hope to win […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.