Rarely has a national election been so fiercely challenged, so infused with meaning, so weighted by widely swinging dramatic arcs, and so blessed by such an engrossing cast of characters.
Street goes beyond the Obama phenomenon and investigates who Obama is and what he's all about in Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics.
"Actually, Mr. President..." "David?" "One more thing before we move off the logistics."
As a lifelong FDR Democrat, I won't support any health care bill that doesn't have a robust public option. I'd much rather see a bill without one go down to defeat, than have a bill pass without one.
This week the American Mustache Institute (AMI) opened nominations for the second annual "Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year."
Robert Gibbs' cavalier response to protesters carrying guns to presidential events was tone-deaf. This isn't a political issue and it isn't about the Second Amendment.
2008: Obama's team was frequently praised for keeping on message, and keeping that message consistent and professional. Now, they display an inability to craft a clear, concise message.
Where does the President get off favoring his close friends' preferences for such allocations, and where do they get off lobbying him?
Perhaps what America is observing is political opportunism in its freshest form. We see this a great deal in the new order of the entertainment industry: fame without responsibility.
Why do economic and racial segregation still dog us in 2009 -- the forty-fifth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act -- and what, if anything, can be done?
Is health reform falling victim to lackluster messaging and a poor campaign? Are there better alternatives? Let's play strategist!
Obama is afraid to tell Americans that -- well, remember that old sign: "You can have it cheaper, better, and more of it -- but not all at the same time."
Obama seems totally ignorant of the elementary truth that for a president to get what he wants from Congress, he has to wade in and twist arms.
It takes nothing away from the absolutely brilliant campaign that Obama and Axelrod and Plouffe ran last year to point out that because of Jackson's two incredible campaigns, they started closer to the finish line.
On the discomfort scale, 10 watching the Vice President go-off script on a Sunday talk show, 5 having an informal bite with Hillary, and 1 getting a foot massage on Air Force One as we fly into the sunset, I'd give it a 7.
While Waxman-Markey is weak medicine for a very sick planet, it's a whole lot better than taking the poor orb behind the Milky Way and shooting it.